Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #30

Victor Arano was selected the Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Poll’s 29th ranked prospect. He received  67 of 330 votes (20%).  He bested Lucas Williams by 7 votes.  This should set up a heated race between Williams (60 votes) and Aaron Brown (58 votes) for the final spot in our Top 30.

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Arano as an international free agent on April 4, 2013.  He pitched in the rookie Arizona League for the complete 2013 season.  He posted a 4.20 ERA but also posted favorable BB/9 (2.4) and K/9 (8.9) in 49.1 IP.

As a 19-year old, Arano skipped to full-season A ball in 2014 and posted similar numbers – 4.08 ERA, 2.1 BB/9, and 8.7 K/9 in 86 IP.  During his first 2 years in the Dodgers organization, Arano registered 23 starts and 3 saves in 35 appearances.  He pitched in the Mexican Winter League after the 2014 season and saw 17 innings of action in 14 relief appearances. He maintained his BB and K rates of 2.1 and 7.9 in a league where he was 8.9 years younger than the competition.


The Phillies acquired RHP Arano and 2B Jesmuel Valentin for RHP Roberto Hernandez on August 28, 2014.  The 20-year old was assigned to Clearwater for the 2015 season.

Arano struggled in his first 10 starts with the Threshers. He went 0-7 with a 6.00+ ERA. I recall that he suffered the second time through a line up. After being dropped from the rotation and one relief appearance, Arano returned as a starter at the start of the second half. He had his best three-game run with 20 IP, 11 H, 1 ER, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 10 K (and one dominant 7.0 inning complete game, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K). He finished the season 4-12, 4.72 with a 1.9 BB/9 and 5.0 K/9.

Arano has said that he prefers relief, that he is more comfortable pitching in that role. The Phillies recognize that he has starter “stuff”. He has a FB that runs in 91-94, T95 and a couple of average secondary pitches. His ceiling is the starter the org thinks he can be, his floor is as a MLB reliever if/when the org decides to give up on the starter plan.

As if to underscore his preference, Arano excelled as a relief pitcher in winter ball in Mexico – 24 Appearances, 25.0 IP, 0.72 ERA, 1.1 BB/9, 7.6 K/9.

OBR LMP 4 0 0.72 24 0 0 0 1 25.0 19 2 2 0 3 21 1.00 .224

Top 30 so far:

  1. Crawford
  2. N. Williams
  3. Thompson
  4. Appel
  5. “C” Randolph
  6. Quinn
  7. Alfaro
  8. Kilome
  9. Knapp
  10. Eflin
  11. Hoskins
  12. Kingery
  13. Pinto
  14. Cozens
  15. Tocci
  16. Goeddel
  17. Medina
  18. Cordero
  19. Eshelman
  20. Canelo
  21. Lively
  22. Pivetta
  23. Ortiz
  24. Grullon
  25. Sweeney
  26. Tirado
  27. Windle
  28. Pujols
  29. Arano

Next up is your selection for #30.

17 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #30

  1. Edubray Ramos beats out Williams and Brown et al. Guy’s a for real backend of the bullpen type and he’s likely months, not years, from the big leagues. He’s very likely a piece of the next winning pitching staff.

      1. I’ve only said likely once in a sentence so I am dumbfounded by the fact that you said it twice now you are talking about saying it three times. Mind blown. Lol

  2. I think Brown is a breakout candidate. Seems to play good defense with a great arm. Also has power that he didn’t show last year. But I think it can click this year.

    1. v1 – agree with the arm, defense and some pop. playing in REA will add more value to the power and overall stats of Brown. with Alfaro, Hoskins, Cozens, Brown and Pullin in the team, REA should be fund to watch — Quinn and Valentin will score a lot of runs of they stay on base.

  3. As I look at the list, I think there are guys who are not ranked that will make the major leagues. First time I have ever thought that. What a system!

  4. Tough to leave Brown, Ramos, Encarnacion, Asher and Mora out of the top 30….but that’s a great problem to have.

  5. Edubray Ramos. He’s the surest guy left and he has ceiling as a potential late-inning reliever. Brown and Williams are intriguing, but based upon performance, I don’t really know what to make of them. This season should give a far better impression.

    1. went with Ramos too. Both Williams and Brown are good prospects that were pushed down the list because of the depth. Brown at 23 needs to breakout in 2016 as he has the tools to be a major leaguer. in SSS, i like what i see in lucas williams. completely under the radar and not heavily scouted, so he needs to show more (which i think he will). not sure if the phils will consider wiliams to play 2B, but if he meet his projections, willams is a good 2-hole hitter.

      1. I like Brown also and agree that we have a deep farm system. In considering Williams at 2B, I’m thinking the Phils would be better off looking at moving Pullin back to 2B from the OF. Pullin has had more innings in the IF than OF in pro ball. I have seen him play several games at 2B and felt that he looked comfortable and athletic in that position. I was surprised that they switched him to the OF, which I have never seen him play. I like his offensive production at 2B. In following this train of thought, I looked up Utley’s comp at FLS league and they are very comparable.
        Year Age Lg G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
        Utley 22 FLOR
        122 523 65 120 25 2 16 59 37 88 0.257 0.324 0.422 0.746
        Pullin 21 FLOR
        123 529 55 127 18 4 14 73 24 76 0.258 0.300 0.396 0.695

  6. Going with Brown again. I like his ceiling better than Ramos and his floor better than Williams. As others have mentioned above, Brown is a breakout candidate. He has enough defense and power to be a good extra OF in the future and if his hitting keeps improving, he could be more.

    1. Guys,

      This is tough.

      I’d like to go with Brown and Ramos as a tie.

      Ramos showed more at Clearwater last year but didn’t dominate against tougher competition. Brown didn’t show as much, but might be a break out this year.

      This is as much of a hunch as anything, but I’m going with Brown as a possible break out who could prove an adequate MLB reserve.

  7. There alot of players left the Sleepers and breakout players are next. We should do a reliever only poll. Like 1 to 10 thier’s so many Ramos etc he’ll give me a minute I’ll give u 10 there are not on the list.

  8. J Zganrdoswi, Austin Davis,Ulises Joaquin, Robert Tasin , Alexis Rivero, Yaskel Rios, Jiaro Munoz, Jesen Therrien , Eagar Garcia, JacobWaguespick and Ismael Cabrera. I know Rivero is rated just behind Ramos in some rankings.The Phillies are deep in reliever ‘ s even if 2 or 3 of the players above make it.

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