Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #34

The 2017 Phuture Phillies Reader Top 30 continues,  Victor Arano was your selection for the #33 with 29 of 124 votes (23%).  Daniel Brito (17 votes, 14%) finished second.  Chace Numata (16 votes, 13%) finished third.  However, interest seems to have waned over the last couple polls.  I’ve got two more ready to go, they might be the last ones.

Victor Arano was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an international free agent out of Mexico on April 4, 2013.  He was 18-years old.  He reported to the AZL Dodgers on June 20th.  He was traded to the Phillies as one of the two PTBNL in the Roberto Hernandez trade of August 7th, 2014.  The trade was completed when Jesse Valentin was sent to the Phillies on August 16th and Arano on August 28th.

Arano posted a 4.20 ERA in rookie ball with a 2.4 BB/9 and an 8.9 K/9.  He was promoted to full-season A ball in 2014 where he posted similar numbers, a 4.80 ERA, 2.1 BB/9, and 8.7 K/9.  He was used predominantly as a starter.

In Clearwater in 2015, Arano started in 22 of 24 appearances.  He posted a 4.72 ERA in 124.0 innings and a 1.9 BB/9, but saw his K/9 drop to 5.0.

The Phillies converted Arano to a reliever in 2016.  He responded well.  In 35 appearances in Clearwater, he produced and ERA of 2.29 in 63.0 innings with a 2.1 BB/9 and a 10.1 K/9. In 11 appearances in Reading, he continued to pitch well with an ERA of 2.16 in 16.2 innings with a 2.2 BB/9 and a K/9 of 13.0.

Arano’s arsenal includes a fastball, slider, change up, and curve ball – probably why the Phillies stuck with him as a starter all of 2015.  His FB sat 91-94, touching 95 mph through the 2015 season.  As a reliever in 2016, Arano sat 93-95 mph with his FB, touching 96, 97 mph.  In fact, in his last three appearances, he sat 94-97 mph with his FB.

Moving to the bullpen probably revitalized Arano’s career.  The 22-year old will start 2017 in Reading’s bullpen, and may see Lehigh Valley before the end of the season.


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
  28. Jordan Kurokawa
  29. Thomas Eshelman
  30. Jesse Valentin
  31. Jose Pujols
  32. Bailey Falter
  33. Victor Arano

10 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #34

  1. Tyler Viza & Seranthony Dominguez are my two favorites remaining. Alas, I could only vote once, and I went with Viza. But I’m exciting to see both of them come spring.

    I feel Viza gets overlooked since he never truly dominated a level, but he’s always been very young for his leagues. He’ll be 22 starting at Reading this year, and I expect (hope?) his K numbers will tick up. The org has always been aggressive with him, promoting him last year after only a handful of starts in CLW. I know he doesn’t have top-end stuff, but, come on, we’re talking about prospects in our 30-range–if he makes it as a 4/5 starter, that’s great for a prospect ranked this low.

    I’ve never seen Seranthony Dominguez pitch in person, but, just judging by his numbers at Lakewood last year, he seems like someone to keep an eye on at CLW this year. Plus, I like his name.

    1. fritz,

      Seranthony Dominquez is a nice name, but there are some really great names left: JoJo Romero, Ranger Suarez, Arquimedes Gamboa, Jiandido Tromp.

      The Phillies might have only three players in MLB’s Top 100, but they’ve got to be near the top in names.

        1. 8mark,

          I was thinking of adding them but then stuck to guys still on the board. But you’re right, hard to beat Adonis and Sixto.

  2. Romero is going to be a guy that could possibly move quickly pumping from the left side. I honestly think he comps to J.C. Romero.

  3. Brito is #26 in my rankings and I pick him to be the breakout prospect (despite of the low impact 2B position) for 2017. Brito appears to qualify as a “sleeper” considering how low he ranks in the reader’s poll.

  4. I won’t complain about Brito or Seranthony, but after those two, I will be campaigning hard for Deivy.

  5. Some high level tools guys like Grullon, Gamboa, Brito, Morales to wish on are still left. Some skills guys in Irvin, Romero, Suarez, Viza, and Stephen.

    I understand most folks wanting to chime in on the sleeper and breakouts post, but with so much interest there I hope people continue to vote in the poll so I can read about more discussions on the players I know very little about.

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