Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 Poll for #24

Cole Stobe was your selection as the #23 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Stobbe received 69 of 291 votes (24%) for a plurality victory.   Drew Anderson (33 votes, 11%), Carlos Tocci (32 votes, 11%), Bailey Falter (30 votes, 10%), and Andrew Pullin (29 votes, 11%) were clustered tightly for the next four positions.  

Cole Stobbe was drafted by the Phillies in the 3rd round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft from Millard West High School (NE).  The shortstop signed with the Phillies on June 22nd, 2016.

Stobbe began his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Phillies.  He put up respectable numbers for a rookie out of high school.  Stobbe slashed .270/.337/.405/.743 in 148 at bats in 44 games.  He showed some pop with 4 home runs and 8 doubles.  In 168 plate appearances, Stobbe posted an 8.3 BB% and a 17.9 K%.

Stobbe started out slowly.  He didn’t get his first professional hit until his fifth game.  But, he rode the energy of that first hit through a three week stretch where he batted .385 (20 for 52) to raise his average to .308.  Stobbe followed with a 17-day stretch where he hit  .105 (4 for 38) and saw his average drop to .234.  He rebounded again, hitting .356 (16 for 45) over his last 14 games.  During that stretch, Stobbe blasted his first 4 professional home runs.  Stobbe had a rough playoff run going 0-16 with 10 K in 4 games.

On defense, Stobbe committed 11 errors and had a .932 fielding percentage.  He was invited to Instructs played most of his games at third base.  That doesn’t necessarily mean the Phillies have moved him to the hot corner.  They had a lot of young middle infielders up from the Dominican League who couldn’t play elsewhere.  We’ll see in a few weeks what the Phillies plans for Stobbe are.

Next up is your selection for the #24 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
  22. Nick Fanti
  23. Cole Stobbe

16 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 Poll for #24

  1. I went with Eshelman here. Valentin also deserves a lot of attention here. I have pitchers in 5 of my next 6 slots. Viza, Anderson, Pinto and Falter belong in the top 30. I could also place 4 or 5 other guys in the top 30. A few years back guys, who will be in the 30 – 40 slots, would have been top 20. The organization is deep. If Tirado fails, there are 5 or 6 guys nipping at his heels. Another guy steps into his slot and there is very little lost.

  2. Arano has been talked about by industry people as a future big league closer but gets virtually no love on this board. I had him in my top 20 right after Stobbe so I’m sticking with him here.

  3. My #24 prospect is Anderson, but I still have a higher ranked prospect in Pinto so I’ll vote for him. Pinto doesn’t have a very good statistical year as he is asked to develop a breaking ball (SL) to continue to be viable as SP. Anderson may end up with better stuff and projection, but Pinto’s plus FB-CU combo is already MLB ready and he can contributed to the pen that’s why Pinto is higher in my list compared to Anderson.

    If Pinto is pitching out of the pen like what the Phils did with Arano, his stuff is at par with Arano if not better. With similar stuff and ability to help the MLB team, Pinto should be higher than Arano.

    Valentin is a good pick, but there are prospects with better projection than Valentin. Pinto, Anderson, Eshelman, Pullin, Falter, Tocci will rank higher than Valentin is most prospect list.

  4. I went Pujols Power! Alot of good names left! Alot of prospects that could be top 20 next year with good seasons!

  5. Could we add Gamboa? Matt Winks has him at 16. That’s a little high for me, but I think he should be on the poll. Thanks.

    1. MattWinks gives high value to physical projections and premium positions. Gamboa is a toolsy player and expected to stick playing a premium position. while his stats are still not at par with his abilities, scouts said that the tools are there with arm, speed and fielding as plus and power as above ave for SS. The hit tool is the missing link to get Gamboa noticed. I haven’t seen Gamboa yet, so I’m more skeptical. He’s closely behind Canelo in my SS depth chart and currently outside my Top 30.

      1. I’m not advocating for voting that way at all; I even have Brito ahead of him.

        I’m only arguing that if he’s legitimate enough to be #16 on the list of probably the most informed outsider on Phillies prospects, then he should be on the long list of possibilities at #23.

      1. 8mark…hah…Eric Longenhagen has his first name as Arquimedez vs Arquemedes,
        He corrected a guy on today’s chat.

    2. Nope. This is the Phuture Phillies READER Top 30. It is Reader driven. I’ve bent over backwards to avoid being accused of shaping the poll. I’m not going to have a list from another site trump our Readers’ wishes.

      And maybe, just maybe, Gamboa at #16 is the outlier. He didn’t make the MLB top 30. He didn’t make Sickels top 20, and judging by the grades of the players who didn’t make his list, wouldn’t have made the top 34.

      I’ve seen Gamboa. He didn’t separate himself from the other middle infielders he signed with when I saw them in the GCL. Now, I like him. I would have included him as an option on the poll if it were just my decision. If I did a personal top 30, he might be on it because I tend to prefer younger prospects over the older ones.

      But, y’all had an opportunity to vote him onto the poll and he only got one write in vote. If I were to add him now, I’d have to consider (and grant) every request to add prospects at this point.

      1. jim – are you releasing your own Top #30 after the poll is done? I will be interested to see it. thanks!

        1. We’ll see. I hadn’t considered it. I don’t think I’ve ever done one other than two end-of-year rankings for Mike Drago (Reading) and once as a comparison with a friend down here a few years ago (Baseball Ross).

          As I think about it now, I think it would look a lot different from the one I provided to Drago in August.

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