We had 60 participants in the 2016 sleeper and break out prospects selection process this season, a 140% increase over 2015. Due to multiple selections we have 83 break out picks and 78 sleeper picks.
Twenty-nine different players were selected to have break out years.
Dylan Cozens was picked by 16 people to be the break out guy. Scott Kingery was picked 13 times. Roman Quinn and Rhys Hoskins were selected 6 times each. Jorge Alfaro 5 times. Pivetta 4 times. Kilome, Pinto, and Pujols 3 times. Eflin, Eshelman, Medina, and Walding twice each. Sixteen others received one vote each.
Forty-nine different players were selected to be sleepers this season (to post seasons better than anyone expected).
Bailey Falter was selected 6 times. Luke Williams and Jhailyn Ortiz 4 times each. Elvis Arano, Edgar Cabral, Cord Sandberg, and Mitch Walding were selected 3 times each. Ten players were selected twice each. And thirty-two players were selected once each.
Thirteen players were selected to have both a break out season and be a sleeper.
A couple picks stood out. Barnegat’s Jason Groome was selcted to have a break out season. Mitch Walding received attention from more than just his long time supporter from Ohio.
Evan Crower was selected as a sleeper, but has already been released.
I selected Franklyn Kilome as a break out player in Matt Winkelman’s poll, so I’ll stick with him here. I missed badly with my sleeper pick last season when I selected a non-starting position player. This season, I think I’ll go with Nick Fanti. He’s a pitcher we haven’t talked about much. Whether he’s a starter or reliever, I think he’ll get a reasonable number of appearances.
The Threshers begin their season Thursday in Dunedin. Again, we have a lot of promising young prospects on the roster. In 2016, 10 of MLB’s top 30 for the organization began the season on Clearwater’s roster. This season, we have seven prospects on the active roster and 2 on the DL – pitchers Tom Eshelman (13), Matt Imhof (19), Elniery Garcia (30), infielders Scott Kingery (10), Malquin Canelo (24), outfielders Cord Sandberg (22), and Carlos Tocci (23). Brandon Leibrandt (28) and John Richy (29) start the season on the DL.
Eshelman will start Thursday night in Dunedin. Imhof will pitch the home opener on Friday night. Casimiro will start Saturday night, Garcia will start Sunday afternoon, and Viza (long I like eye) will start Monday night. Tuesday’s starter hasn’t been announced but word is that Clearwater will have a 6-man rotation, so expect Will Morris to start.
Reading has 9 of MLB’s top 30 org prospects, all on their active roster, including Crawford (1), Alfaro (5), and Quinn (7),
Lehigh Valley has 6 top prospects, but Appel (2), Thompson (3), and Nick Williams (4) are from the very top of the prospect list.
Among the 4 top prospects in Lakewood, Randolph (6) and Kilome (8) are the headliners.
One prospect remanins in XST (Medina) and Rule 5 pick Goeddel is on the Phillies active roster.
I’ll begin posting Threshers’ game reports after the game and the box scores each morning.
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