Time to get ready for the 2017 Reader Top 30 Prospect Poll. I will start this week and try to post a poll each weekday. We will continue to follow baseball’s standards for prospect lists which states –
“To be eligible for a list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.”
“The rankings follow the guidelines laid out by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in terms of who falls under the international pool money rules: Players who are at least 23 years old and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.”
Several players exceeded their Rookie status during the 2016 season – Alec Asher, Zach Eflin, Colton Murray, Edubray Ramos, Jake Thompson, and Vincent Velasquez.
A couple more from our 2016 Reader Top 30 poll are no longer with the organization – Jimmy Cordero and Darrell Sweeney. Hoby Milner and Jairo Munoz have also recently left the organization.
The first ballot will be comprised of first 20 players from MLB’s Top 30 Prospect list.
There are about 247 players within the organization who still have rookie status. The first ballot and probable future additions are listed below. It is likely that some of those listed below won’t ever make the ballot. Here’s the 20-player first ballot (in alphabetical order) –
I will add names, as necessary and as randomly as I did last season. I’ll get the remaining players in the MLB’s top 30 on the ballot as quickly as possible. Then I’ll add guys as needed from the remainder of our 2016 Reader Top 30, the rest of the prospects on the 40-Man Roster, and guys coming off good seasons.
Remainder of MLB’s Top 30 – Daniel Brito, Malquin Canelo, Ben Lively, Edgar Garcia, Deivy Grullon, Jose Pujols, JoJo Romero, Sixto Sanchez, Alberto Tirado, and Carlos Tocci.
Remainder of Reader Top 30 – Victor Arano, Aaron Brown, and Tom Windle. For reference, here’s last year’s Reader Top 30. Interesting that for all the angst some suffered as we approached the 2016 Rule 5 draft that neither Andrew Pullin nor Cameron Perkins made the reader Top 30 last year.
- J.P. Crawford
- Nick Williams
- Jake Thompson – no longer eligible
- Mark Appel
- “C” Randolph
- Roman Quinn
- Jorge Alfaro
- Franklyn Kilome
- Andrew Knapp
- Zach Eflin – no longer eligible
- Rhys Hoskins
- Scott Kingery
- Ricardo Pinto
- Dylan Cozens
- Carlos Tocci
- Tyler Goeddel – no longer eligible
- Adonis Medina
- Jimmy Cordero – traded
- Thomas Eshelman
- Malquin Canelo
- Ben Lively
- Nick Pivetta
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Deivy Grullon
- Darnell Sweeney – traded
- Alberto Tirado
- Tom Windle
- Jose Pujols
- Victor Arano
- Aaron Brown
Prospects on the 40-Man Roster – Andrew Anderson and Jesse Valentin.
A Bunch of Guys Who had Nice Summers, Winters, or Maybe I Just Like Them – Cameron Perkins, Brock Stassi, Andrew Pullin, Chace Numata, Mitch Walding, Alexis Rivero, Jesen Therrien, Tyler Viza, Kyle Martin, Miguel Nunez, Matt Hockenberry, Ulises Joaquin, Mark Laird, Zack Coppola, Joshua Tobias, Grenny Cumana, Jiandido Tromp, Damek Tomscha, Sutter McLoughlin, Jose Taveras, Seranthony Dominguez, Luke Leftwich, Blake Quinn, Carlos Indriago, Cole Irvin, Will Hibbs, Scott Harris, Jesus Alastre, Brett Barbier, Darick Hall, Lenin Rodriguez, Rodolfo Duran, Daniel Garner, Jose Antequera, Andrew Brown, Jose Nin, Nick Fanti, Randy Alcantara, Mauricio Llovera, Justin Miller, Luis Carrasco, Kyle Young, Joe DeNato, Logan Moore, Mark Leiter, Jeff Singer, Matt Imhof, Brandon Leibrandt, Austin Bossart, Cord Sandberg, Harold Arauz, Ismael Cabrera, Grant Dyer, Tyler Gilbert, Bailey Falter, Felix Paulino, Ranger Suarez, Lucas Williams, Greg Pickett, and Josh Stephen.
I am always interested in how the drawn out polling process compares to a one time submission. I request that each participant submit her/his own Top 30 to email@example.com using the Subject – My Prospect List. I am curious how the day-by-day voting and discussion affects the outcome when compared to a one-time submission early in the process along the lines of an MVP ballot or a football top 25 ballot.
Since we’re only doing a top 30, a lot of the guys listed above might not make it to a ballot. If you have a favorite that you want considered for the ballot or want to ensure that one of the guys listed above makes it to a ballot, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org using the Subject – Add Prospect. You can also include the request in the comments section. I am NOT going to use the Other option in the poll this year. If you want to make your silly suggestions, you can do it in the Comments section so that everyone can see how funny you think you are. Last year I had to sift through votes for former Phillies prospects as well as some made up names.
It’s a year later and I’ve finally seen all the guys we picked up in 2015 who went right to the upper levels of the organization. But, I hold a bias for the young guys I’ve seen in the GCL. Rightfully so, they had the best winning percentage in the organization last season with one of the youngest rosters in their league. So, if it looks like I’m missing someone you think should be considered, send me those names.
Here are the rest of the players eligible for consideration.
Lehigh Valley – Jorge Flores, Angelo Mora, and Osmel Aguila
Reading – Will Morris, John Richy, Joel Fisher, and Harold Martinez
Clearwater – Tommy Bergjans, Ranfi Casimiro, Austin Davis, Yacksel Rios, Shane Watson, Gregori Rivero, Zach Green, Drew Stankiewicz, Derek Campbell, and Herlis Rodriguez
Lakewood – Zach Morris, Jacob Waguespack, Edgar Cabral, William Cuicas, Wilson Garcia,
Brendon Hayden, January Hernandez, , Emmanuel Marrero, and Carlos Duran
Williamsport – Trevor Bettencourt, Casey Brown, Julian Garcia, Tyler Hallead, Jonathan Hennigan, Scott Hoffmann, Jake Kelzer, Alexander Kline, Kenny Koplove, Henri Lartigue,
Luis Encarnacion, Luis Espiritu, Arquimedes Gamboa, Chandler Hall, Evan Rogers, Enmanuel Garcia, Juan Luis, Luke Maglich, and David Martinelli
Gulf Coast League – Tyler Frohwirth, Kale Fultz, Luis Gonzalez, Jordan Kurokawa, Jhon Nunez, Geury Ortiz, Oskerlly Sanchez, Will Stewart, Nerluis Martinez, Caleb Eldridge, Raul Rivas, Edwin Rodriguez, Danny Zardon, Malvin Matos, and Ben Pelletier
Dominican – Eudiver Avendano, Alfredo Benitez, Ludivico Coveri, Jonas De La Cruz, Yeral Gomez, Erick Heredia, Anton Kuznetsov, Oscar Marcelino, Robinson Martinez, Gregorix Mateo, Roimy Mendoza, Moises Nolasco, Luis Pacheco, Jose Palacio, Aldemar Rivas, Sandro Rosario, Carlos Salazar, Yeison Sanchez, Juan Santos, Manuel Silva, Yorbys Tabares, Jean Carlos Valdez, Pedro Gonzalez, Luis Liriano, Ismael Rosado, Keudy Bocio,
Leonardo Colagrossi, Jonathan Guzman, Leandro Medina, Rony Noboa, Rusbel Vasquez,
Maximo De La Rosa, Jose Estrada, Alberto Feliz, Dixon Gutierrez, Simon Muzziotti, Yeremy Nunez, Juan Carlo Smith, Leonel Aponte, Abdallah Aris, Gustavo Armas, Antonio Canizales, Rafael Carvajal, Alessandro Ciarla, Jesus De Los Santos, Wilerik Diaz, Gustavo Ferrer, Reiwal Gonzalez, Jose Jimenez, Orangel Lopez, Derwuin Marchan, Denny Martinez, Orestes M, lendez, Anderson Nunez, Melvin Nunez, Jose Perez, Luis Ramirez, Jorbin Romero, Victor Sobil, Junior Tejada, Rafael Marchan, Carlos Oropeza, Wilman Silva, Ronaldo Torrealba, Victor Alfonso, Jesus Henrique, Juan Herrera, Raymond Mora,
Enmanuel Omana, and Yerwin Trejo
Unassigned – Juan Aparacio, Gregory Brodzinski, Ronaldo Gonzalez, Juan Mendez, Luis Rojas, Brayan Gonzalez, Edgar Made, Luigi Mujica, Luiggi Pineda, Enny Rondon, Nicolas Torres, Jose Tortolero, Christian Valerio, Joey Curletta, Wilbert Garcia, Luis Matos, Alexis Araujo, Yefferson Mercedes, Franco Morales, Anderson Parra, Dalvin Rosario, and Victor Santos