“C” Randolph was your selection as the #10 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Randolph won a close race with Scott Kingery by 10 votes. Randolph received 118 votes (39%) while Kingery received 108 votes (36%). Kevin Gowdy finished a distant third with 19 votes. Nineteen of the twenty prospects listed on the poll received votes.
Cornelius Randolph was the Phillies 1st round pick (10th overall) of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft from Griffin High School, in Griffin GA. (The last draft under the Amaro regime.)
Randolph played shortstop in high school but began his professional career learning to play the outfield. While playing left field in the GCL, Randolph posted very respectable numbers in 2015.
Much has been made of his approach at the plate. Some have compared his approach to that of Tony Gwynn. I don’t know about that. I’ve only ever seen Gwynn as a veteran in All Star games. I will say this though. Randolph is all business once he enters the on deck circle. He does exhibit superior discipline at the plate. His approach reminds me of J.P. Crawford and Kelly Dugan. He’s not afraid to bat behind in the count while waiting for his pitch. He accepts walks. He takes pitches to left and left-center rather than trying to pull them to right. That said, his only home run in his first season was crushed to right field.
Randolph started 2016 in Lakewood and struggled out of the gate. When he finally seemed to have found a groove, he went down with an injury. He finished with a slash of .274/.355/.357/.712. However his BB and K rates dropped to 9.4% and 20.6% from 15.1% and 15.1% in 2015.
Okay, I purposely didn’t put Randolph’s GCL stats above so I could include them here with the stats of another recent GCL player.
Age Dif Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA/OBP/SLG/OPS
18 -1.5 PHI 53 212 172 35 52 15 3 1 24 7 5 32 32 .302/.425/.442/.866
18 -1.5 PHI 46 194 176 27 50 11 4 1 28 10 4 11 35 .284/.340/.409/.749
The first line is Randolph in 2015. The second line is Mickey Moniak last season. They compare favorably. I like watching Randolph bat. I am looking forward to his arrival in Clearwater. However, I think it likely that he begins 2017 in Lakewood (along side Moniak?) before a mid-season promotion to Clearwater.
I wasn’t going to provide an anecdote, but I can’t resist. During his rehab in Clearwater last summer, Randolph played in several GCL games. In his last game, he was in the line up, playing left field. Jhailyn Ortiz was the DH. Between innings, Ortiz had gone into the clubhouse. While he was in there, it began to rain heavy enough for the umpires to call for a delay. Ortiz came out as his team mates streamed from the dugout (on Ashburn Field) toward the clubhouse. Ortiz called out from the fence by the door, “Coach, can you get my bat?”. Well, coach ignored him, but Randolph turned around to retrieve the bat for Ortiz.
It struck me that a player from a higher level, a veteran if you will, would do that for a younger player, a rookie. I would consider that a positive component of a player’s make up. While I’m at it, I also noticed that Sixto Sanchez would bring cups of water or gatorade from the dugout during Instructs to fellow players in the stands at Bright House, I mean Spectrum Field. Seems like our future stars aren’t so full of themselves.
Next up is your selection for the #11 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins
- Dylan Cozens
- “C” Randolph