Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 Poll for #28

Ricardo Pinto was your selection as the #27 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Pinto received 81 of 283 votes (29%) for a plurality victory.  Thomas Eshelman (53 votes, 19%) finished in second place, Jesse Valentin (37 votes, 13%) finished third.

Ricardo Pinto was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent out of Venezuela on December 28, 2011 about three weeks before his 18th birthday.  He spent the next two seasons at the Phillies’ Venezuelan Academy and playing in the Venezuelan Summer League.

Pinto put up two years of good numbers (ERA below 3.00,  BB/9 slightly above 2.0, and K/9 above 6.0) and was invited to 2013 Instructs.  He returned stateside in 2014 and pitched for Williamsport.  He posted an even better ERA of 2.11 and a K/9 of 9.2.

Pinto started 2015 in Lakewood and was promoted to Clearwater at mid-season.  He logged a combined 15-4 record in 24 starts in 145.1 innings.  His combined ERA was under 3.00 and was lower at Advanced A than at Lakewood.  But, although his BB/9 was still low 2.0s, his K/9 at Clearwater dropped from 8.1 at Lakewood to 5.2.

Pinto pitched all of 2016 in Reading.  He only managed a 7-6 record on a very good offensive team.  His ERA was a career high 4.10.  His BB/9 rose closer to 3.00 and his K/9 remained under 6.0.

Reports on Pinto’s pitch repertoire and velocity began trickling in as early as 2014 when his fastball was a solid 90-93 mph, touching 95-96 some nights.

In 2015, Pinto was reported to have a FB range of 91-94 mph, still touching 95-96, as well as a low 80’s change up and a low 80’s slider.

Pinto’s fastball velocity remained consistent in 2016, 91-94 mph, touching 95 and 96.  His change remained low 80s, 82-84, and his slider was more a high 70s offering reaching the low 80s occasionally.

Next up is your selection for the #28 prospect in the organization with no additional prospects added for the final three polls.


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
  24. Drew Anderson
  25. Andrew Pullin
  26. Carlos Tocci
  27. Ricardo Pinto

26 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 Poll for #28

    1. Jim needs to rejuvenate the batteries for the coming season. If you want to send him your list with your top 40 or top 50 or even top 255, please do. ST is right around the corner. I can smell the hots dogs, popcorn and beer already.

      1. Hawaii might also vote in Kurokawa in one of these last spots. Phillies probably have a Hawaii following too from Victorino.

    2. why not have 30-40 without a write up? just the poll. so many good prospects left and not enough slots in the top 30. Seranthony, Ranger, , JoJo Bailey Falter don’t just have cool names, they are interesting prospects

  1. I’m going Brito here. This kid has the chance to be very good. They’re jumping him up to Lakewood and they think he could move quickly. That Lakewood team is going to be loaded with talent this year. Worth a road trip

      1. They want the two kids (Gamboa and Brito) to play there together. Both are highly rated. Check out that Matt Wink has them both in his top 20

        1. I’m well aware of them both , I just thought you had some inside track on them that you weren’t sharing

        2. Also didn’t they both play in the GCL last year so you know /think they are gonna get jumped, I think its possible but I was just wondering if you had inside knowledge

          1. Why wouldn’t 20-yeaqr old 2nd baseman Luis Espiritu be given an opp at Lakewood? He punched his ticket in short season ball.

  2. Irvin is my unreasonable high ranking prospect so he will get my vote until chosen.
    I think his velocity returns to low 90s which puts him at Morgan level (before his injury), making Irvin a high floor lefty starter.

    1. Interesting choice. I do think he might get bumped up to the CWater rotation which if he does tells you the Phils think highly of him too.

  3. I have Jordan Kurokawa in the short list of prospects to be released in 2017. Surprised to see a strong following in this poll. The Kurokawa contingent can help any prospect to win #28 spot.

      1. I think Kingery moved back a few spots wasn’t he 5th last year ? and not on the 100 top prospects it shows you how much the thinks of 2nd base only prospects

    1. matt13…..I am wondering if Cozens will sneak in there at say, 10, with the power year he had last season. OFers are a loaded bunch in the minor league system.
      Yankees could get two of the top ten, if they count Judge again.

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