Carlos Tocci was your selection as the #26 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Tocci received 76 of 285 votes (27%) for a plurality victory. Ricardo Pinto (66 votes, 23%) finished in second place.
Carlos Tocci was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent out of Venezuela on August 23, 2011 … on his 16th birthday.
After some roster juggling (Tocci was assigned to Lakewood on June 14th 2012 out of XST only to return to Clearwater on a rehab assignment without having made an appearance.), Tocci finally got his first at bat with the GCL Phillies on July 2nd. On the 21st, he was formally assigned to the GCL team from Lakewood.
Tocci batted a respectable .278 and had a .330 OBP. However with just two XBH he had a paltry .299 SLG. His 6 walks and 18 strike outs in 107 PA gave him a 5.6 BB% and a 16.8 K%.
Tocci played the next two-and-a-half seasons in Lakewood, giving up 4.6, 3.5, and 2.6 years to league average.
In 2013, Tocci struggled at the plate against older pitchers. He slashed .209/.261/.249/.510 in 459 PA. He hit 17 doubles, walked 22 times (4.8 BB%), and struck out 77 times (16.8 K%).
In 2014, Tocci improved to .242/.297/.324/.622 in 538 PA. He hit 2 HR and 8 triples among his 28 XBH). He drew 25 walks (4.6 BB%) and struck out 96 times (17.8 K%).
Through his first three seasons, Tocci’s defense never failed during his offensive trials. He committed 11 errors in his first 3 seasons and posted Fld% of .981, .987, and .980.
Tocci began 2015 in Lakewood for the third consecutive season. He excelled with a slash of .321/.387/.423/.810 in 261 PA with 18 XBH (2 HR), 20 walks (7.7 BB%) and 31 strike outs (11.9 K%).
At mid-season 2015, Tocci was promoted to Advanced A Clearwater. He started off hot, but slid to a .258/.296/.313/.609 in 298 PA after suffering through a crippling August (14-93). Pitchers adjusted and defenses moved in as Tocci managed 11 XBH (2 HR), 12 walks (4.0 BB%), and 52 strike outs (17.4 K%).
He continued to play great defense, 2 errors and .986 Fld% in Lakewood, 1 error and .994 Fld% in Clearwater. In spite of his lack of speed on the base paths, Tocci possesses remarkable range in center field. He glides effortlessly to balls and rarely has to leave his feet to make a catch.
To his credit, Tocci bounced back again in 2016. He posted a .284/.331/.362/.693 in 556 PA. He his 26 doubles and 3 HR among his 31 XBH. He drove in a career high 50 runs and 34 walks (6.1 BB%) while striking out 76 times (13.7 K%). His defense was once again superb, 2 errors and a .993 Fld%.
Tocci was voted the Venezuelan Winter League’s Rookie of the Year in 2016. But in a small sample size that didn’t affect his rookie status, Tocci posted a .333 batting average in 2015 in 39 PA (10 for 30).
As long as Tocci remains in the Phillies’ farm system, the debate will rage over the likelihood that Tocci reaches the majors and in what role. The debate won’t be decided by our words but by the eventual call up of Tocci or his drifting into minor league free agency.
Earlier this week, I commented that when I look at Tocci, I don’t see the physical stature that will be successful at the major league level. And today, I was skeptical about his selection as one of our prospects. But as I prepared this write up, I have to admit that I can’t rule out his ascension to the majors. He just keeps battling and improving. His glaring offensive weakness (to me) was his slump in August 2015. One that I attributed to defenses adjusting and his body succumbing to the rigors of the long season. Well, in true Tocci fashion, he corrected the flaw and August was his best full month in 2016.
Next up is your selection for the #27 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
- Scott Kingery
- Kevin Gowdy
- Harold Arauz
- Andrew Knapp
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Adonis Medina
- Mark Appel
- Nick Pivetta
- Ben Lively
- Alberto Tirado
- Elniery Garcia
- Nick Fanti
- Cole Stobbe
- Drew Anderson
- Andrew Pullin
- Carlos Tocci