Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 Poll for #22

Elniery Garcia was your selection as the #21 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Garcia received 67 of 315 votes (21%) for a plurality victory over second place finisher Cole Stobe who received 60 votes (19%).

Elniery Garcia was signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic by the Phillies on March 31, 2012 as a 17-year old.  The next day the LHP was assigned to the Dominican Summer League Phillies.  He posted a 4.18 ERA, 3.0 BB/9, and 7.2 K/9 23.2 innings – 8 appearances, 3 starts..

After extended spring training in 2013, Garcia was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies.  His numbers were similar to his DSL season.  In 9 starts, he posted a 5.15 ERA, 3.4 BB/9, and 7.6 K/9 in 36.2 innings.

Back in the GCL in 2014, the 19-year old Garcia broke out with a 2.08 ERA, 1.4 BB/9, and 8.0 K/9 in 26.0 innings – 7 appearances, 4 starts.  He was promoted to Williamsport and 4.2 innings in 4 relief appearances.  He posted a 5.79 ERA, 3.9 BB/9, and 9.6 K/9.

Garcia reported to Lakewood for the 2015 season.  He made 21 appearances, all starts.  He posted a 3.22 ERA in 120 innings, a huge jump over his innings totals the previous three seasons.   He had a 2.7 BB/9 and 5.0 K/9.

Garcia continued to fare well in Clearwater in 2016.  He posted a 12-4 record and a 2.68 ERA.  He had another reasonable BB/9 of 2.8 and increased his K/9 to 7.0.

Garcia actually had 2 different seasons in 2016.  Before the FSL All Star Break, Garcia built on a hot start and posted a 6-2 record, 1.97 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, and 7.0 K/9 in 59.1 innings.  After the Break, Garcia posted a 6-2 record, 3.39 ERA, 2.9 BB/9, and 6.9 K/9 in 58.1 innings.  Only one of Garcia’s Game Scores was below 50 in the first half.  In the second half, 6 of 8 were below 50 before he finished the season with two game scores over 70.

Garcia’s finish finally propelled him to Reading where he pitched in the Eastern League playoffs where he posted a victory in 6.0 innings allowing 2 ER and a walk while striking out four.

Garcia throws a fastball, change up, and curve ball.  His FB averaged 91-94 mph last season.  He touches 95 frequently.  When his off speed pitches were on, he baffled FSL batters.  If he improves his consistency enough to have the same result against AA batters, Garcia could be in Lehigh Valley by mid-season.

Next up is your selection for the #22 prospect in the organization.


Poll to date –

  1. J.P. Crawford
  2. Jorge Alfaro
  3. Mickey Moniak
  4. Roman Quinn
  5. Nick Williams
  6. Franklyn Kilome
  7. Sixto Sanchez
  8. Rhys Hoskins
  9. Dylan Cozens
  10. “C” Randolph
  11. Scott Kingery
  12. Kevin Gowdy
  13. Harold Arauz
  14. Andrew Knapp
  15. Jhailyn Ortiz
  16. Adonis Medina
  17. Mark Appel
  18. Nick Pivetta
  19. Ben Lively
  20. Alberto Tirado
  21. Elniery Garcia

35 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 Poll for #22

  1. I voted Stobbe for the 3rd straight time. But I was reading this morning and saw an article on Drew Anderson. Since TJ surgery, he’s become a pitcher with a decent future. It talks about building up his legs and studying other pitchers to see how they pitch. So rehab was far more than getting the arm in shape. He’s on the 40 man roster and has never pitched above A+. He’s added MPH to his fastball and was always a pretty good control pitcher. TJ hasn’t hurt that.

  2. I also voted again for Stobbe, 4 straight days. Among this grouping, especially position players, he projects a higher ceiling.

    Pullin has gotten some early support but I don’t see how he projects to be an impact player as a corner OF with little power. Not saying he’s exactly a Greg Gross type but….

    1. I went with Stobbe also for the upside he has. I really like Pullin as an upper level player and really surprised he survived the rule V draft, but I have at 6 other players ahead of him before I consider him for vote. Dominguez maybe my next vote after this round

      1. Pullin survived the Rule 5 draft for a few reasons I believe. First, I think people overlooked the Reading stats because of the reputation the park and league has and the fact that it was a limited sample size. Second, he’s a corner outfielder now, which significantly raises the bar for him as a hitter. It also probably didn’t help that he temporarily retired. But I’m glad he slipped through.

        1. Pullin survived rule 5 because he is left field only prospect with slightly below to average power
          I’m sure there are a few characters like him in every organization

          1. I think that’s a fair assessment. That was my second point. If he had produced like he did in Reading over the course of an entire year, he could have been a legitimate target – but he didn’t; it was too small of a sample size.

            1. Reading can definitely add some helium to a prospect
              I like Pullin I’m glad he came back and hope he gets his coffee

          1. Actually Pullin had a better BA away than at Reading. He also had some pretty even splits.
            In pretty much half a season he had 14 HR and 51 RBI. As mentioned he only plays LF but I’m very intrigued by his bat and believe he could make a push for MLb this year

  3. Seranthony Dominguez is my pick for #22. He has good velocity and should have a breakout season this year.

  4. By the way, I don’t know if you all have been following this, but Matt Winkelman has been releasing his top 50 Phillies prospects, from lowest to highest, in increments of 5 prospects a day with complete write ups. Without in any way meaning to insult the founder of our site, who did wonder write-ups, I think Matt’s reviews are the best I’ve ever seen. They are detailed, including scouting and analytical analysis and also project the player’s role (i.e., first division regular, middle-reliever, etc. .. ) along with the level of risk associated with the prospect. In my view these are first rate professional analyses – superior to what you see on virtually every commercial website and publication. Job well done Mr. Winkelman!

    Here’s a link to the site with the previous days’ posts – I suspect that today’s post will be coming soon:

    1. @catch – i think most of the guys following Phillies know one another. Although PP is my preference, I do follow, PMT, PN, CA, TGP, etc and at times, compare my rankings with theirs. Normally, my ranking is closest to MattWinks with exceptions like Gamboa and Seranthony who i expect to rank higher in PMT as MattWinks gives a high consideration on physically projection. Older prospect with little to no projection left like Lively will be lower in his rankings.

      On the other hand, JP’s main advantage is he can provide real up to date reports (with pix and videos too) for GCL and CLW and activities within the complex. JP brings us close to reality without us being there. I’m not sure if the other Philly bloggers have access to any of the Phils affiliated teams like JP has to GCL and CLW.

      1. just to add, MattWinks also highly consider “Risk” (as it relates to the physical tools and projections) so Cozens might be lower in his ranking (I expect it to be between 15-20), Tirado might be lower too.

        1. JP is our Jim P.
          PMT – MattWinks’ site – Phillies Minor Thoughts
          TGP – The Good Phight
          PN – Phillies Nation
          CA – Crashburn Alley

          Jim listed a link to these sites in the Phillies Blogs section

          1. KuKo…if you want interviews with players and what they are doing in how they are improving and what they are currently working on at the lower level of the minors scale…Jay Floyd has a good website with insight at PhoulBallz.

            1. @romus – yup, I check PB and Betsy too from time to time. PP is my choice because of discussions with fans, PMT if there’s something I want to ask with MattWinks.

              The comment section of the is the one I checked out long time ago.

            2. Agree, “PP is my choice because of discussions with fans…”

              Its the interaction on this site that separates it from the others. We’ve hit a collective mass of contributors, and that gives this site its vibrancy.

              I’m not sure why other site’s comments sections aren’t as popular–but I’m not complaining. I like the camaraderie this site offers. I learn so much from Romus =)

  5. I went with Eshelman. The plus command intrigues, I just hope he can refine his secondary offerings and maybe add a bit of velocity to his fastball.

    The depth of this system right now is just insane. We could easily go another 10 – 20 deep after we hit 30. There’s going to be a lot of interesting guys left off this year.

  6. I voted for Tocci, but there’s not a lot separating the guys in this range. Stobbe, Dominguez, Valentin, pinto and eshelman are right there.

    1. No, there isn’t. We have a lot of C to C+ level prospects. A few will improve and pan out, but most won’t. Still they are real prospects, not something you can often say about guys ranked 20-35.

    2. I voted for Tocci as well. It’s hard to believe he was either in or close to the top ten a few years ago. He just hasn’t developed physically enough as a hitter. He continues to offer almost elite defense and is supposed to have good speed although his stolen base stats aren’t too impressive. I still have hopes for him but I guess too many others have passed him

  7. Just a heads up but I’m going with Victor Arano the next vote at #23 now that my boy Stobbe appears to have a firm hold on #22. Arano projects to be a back end of the bullpen guy as early as midseason ’17. That alone puts him over the rest of the remaining players.

  8. Check this out from Venezuela, in which the sportswriter for El Nacional argues for Tocci for rookie of the year in the Venezuelan baseball league:

    Here is the Google Translate:

    Who to vote for? By Luis Arráez or by Carlos Tocci?

    Luis Arráez said goodbye to Magellan, in early December, as the big favorite of many to win the LVBP Rookie of the Year award. Carlos Tocci said goodbye to Aragua, at the end of last month, as the great favorite of so many voters who also participate in the choice of the award.

    Who to choose? To Arráez or to Tocci? There is the dilemma.

    Both left bright numbers. The two played a leading role in their currencies. Each has notable support, but it is only possible to vote for one in the form that we must deliver.

    Tocci played more. He saw action in 59 games, almost all of his currency, and added 248 legal appearances, against 45 and 203 of his opponent. It is an important advantage, but not necessarily decisive.

    Arráez became the leader bat, with average around .400, and closed with .335, in the seventh position of the general classification. However, neither is an insurmountable gap, if you take into account that his opponent finished with .323, just outside the top 10.

    It is necessary to dig deeper, in order to obtain the differences that allow to proclaim to the best recruit of the championship 2016-2017.

    Let’s start with the totals. Tocci scored 40 runs and hit 70 hits, one homer and 28 RBIs. In those departments he overcame his opponent, who had 31 points, 61 hits, no home runs and 22 trailers.

    The gardener contributed 20 walks and 10 balls, for 15 tickets and no balls of the waiter.

    Both matched with 8 tubeyes.

    So far, it seems clear, even blunt, the advantage of the Tigers patrolman.

    Arráez was better with 6 triples and 5 steals, against 2 and 1 of his rival. It seems little to regain ground.

    But baseball is a sport of averages. You have to consider them, too.

    We already saw that Arráez exceeded the average of Tocci, although by little. It also takes advantage of slugging, with .445 versus .392. The outfielder, on the other hand, outperforms him on average with .403 against .382. Is not it hard to keep one of them?

    The Bengals won the tiebreak of the leadership. He finished the knockout round in second place among the top scorers and was also seventh in hits, fifth on average, and leader in pelotazos. He was also the average slugger to find runners in scoring position, with .434.

    The buccaneers added to their curriculum only the leadership in tribes.

    Tocci, in addition, accumulated 34.3 races created, against 30,9 of Arráez.

    The right Carlos Navas will have our vote for the third place. He left 2.28 ERA in 21 relays with the Braves, with 30 strikeouts and 8 tickets in 27.2 innings. They are excellent figures for those who appear as part of that good future that they are working in Margarita.

    The first box on our list will be for Tocci. He played more than Arráez, was better in almost every category accumulated, divided with him the averages and appeared higher in more offensive departments of the regular campaign.

    It is a very difficult decision. But in baseball, as our friend Iván Medina recalls, history is written in numbers. And those of the Aragonese gardener are slightly better than those of the Turkish infielder, in this remarkable harvest of the two

  9. Good for Tocci. He had a marvelous winter, as did Asher in the DR. Carreras are runs, not races. Tubeyes sounds like two bases. So each had 8 doubles. Toccis on base percentage was .403. Not bad. He might be our breakout guy this year.

    1. Yesterday Stobbe had a nearly 40 vote lead over Pullin around 10am. I don’t know where Fanti was but today Fanti is the winner. Picking up 80 votes in a short period of time appears to be a huge stretch.

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