Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #36

Tyler Viza was your selection for the #35 prospect in the organization with 25 of 153 votes (16%).  Votes are starting to spread out closely over multiple prospects at the top of the poll. Seranthony Dominguez (20 votes, 13%) finished second.  JoJo Romero (16 votes, 10%) finished third.  And, Arquimedes Gamboa (15 votes, 10%) finished a close fourth.

Tyler Viza was drafted by the Phillies in the 32nd round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Desert Vista HS in Phoenix, AZ.  He signed with the Phillies on July 2nd and was assigned to the GCL Phillies the next day.

Viza made 12 appearances, 6 starts in the GCL.  He posted a low 1.41.ERA in 32.0 innings.  He had a WHIP of 0.969, BB/9 of 2.8, and K/9 of 5.6.  The Phillies were so impressed that he was jumped to Lakewood the following season.

As a 19-year old in 2014, Viza was thrown to the wolves in Lakewood.  He was almost 3 years younger than the mean and compiled a 3-17 record in 24 starts.  His ERA in 126.0 innings was 5.29.  Viza was plagued by a 12.3 Hits/9 that ballooned his WHIP to 1.556.  But, his BB/9 dropped to 1.7 and his K/9 remained constant at 5.7.

Viza returned to Lakewood in 2015 and improved.  Although his record was only 5-10, he posted a 3.38 ERA in 143.2 innings, 1.114 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, and 6.5 K/9.

Viza started the 2016 in Clearwater and pitched his way to Reading after 9 starts (6-2 record).  He had a 2.54 ERA in 49.2 innings, 1.268 WHIP, 1.4 BB/9, and 10.0 K/9.

In Reading, Viza pitched well but not with the same level of success he enjoyed in Clearwater.  He posted a 4-6 record in 16 starts, 4.69 ERA in 94.0 innings, 1.309 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, and 5.6 K/9.

Viza has a fastball, change up, slider, and curve ball in his arsenal.  Early in his career, he had a high 80’s fastball.  By the time he returned to Clearwater, Viza sat 91-93 mph, touching 94 mph.  He throws his change in the low 80s and his curve in the mid to high 70s.

Viza has been a gamer throughout his career.  And the Phillies see something in him.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him conquer AA ball this season, just like he improved his second turn through Lakewood.


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
  34. Daniel Brito
  35. Tyler Viza

16 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #36

    1. Irvin belongs here more than Kurokawa should be anywhere on this list but I voted for the best name still on the list: Seranthony. Irwin’s upside is huge and his downside is mostly how far he is from realizing the dream. In previous years he might have been in the late teens or early 20s. We are so much deeper than we’ve been in the past. That’s a very good thing. One really nice year from Irvin and he could be in the mid-teens.

    2. Hah, 8mark…..sorry, but went with Grullon. Irvin and Romero should go in the next few rounds or so. Unless the poll gets afflicted with the Bill Murray Ground Hog Day syndrome.

  1. QUEEN: I dub thee, Seranthony of Dominguez, Second Earl of Fastball, Sheriff of Baseball County.
    SERANTHONY: Uhh, ok. Can I go pitch?
    QUEEN: Yeah, fine, go for it.

  2. I have the following prospects left in my Top 40:

    #27 Irvin – he’s the most advanced pitching prospect left and will most likely start in CLW. If Eshelman goes up the ladder without an elite stuff, so can Irvin. A pre-injury Morgan is warranted, that’s a #3 ceiling which is valuable.

    #28 Edgar Garcia (20 yo) – pitched as a dominant 19 yo bullpen arm in LWD who can pitch multiple innings highlighted by mid-90s FB and a wipe out SL. He is my sleeper pick in 2017.

    #32 JoJo Romero – WHIP of 1.20 and 6.2K/9. I need to see more.

    #35 Seranthony (22 yo) – pitch mostly in LWD/WIL at 21 yo. with potential 3 above ave pitches, he’ll jump in the rankings if he can repeat his 2016 performance in CLW

    #38 Gamboa – I hope he’ll play in LWD. I need to see him play to prove that the tools is more than the stats.

    #40 Grullon (21 yo) – anything you want for a catcher but hit. Still a valuable prospect but recent success in both local and international scouting produced prospects that show very good potential.

  3. I think I would put Leftwich ahead of Irvin. Luke is 22 made 12 starts in LKW and K’d 88 in only 68 IP.

    1. @DMAR – i refer to overall stuff (not MiLB level in regardless of IP) when I said “most advanced”. You only highlighted the best stat that Leftwich had.

      Without considering what scouting reports/analysts which don’t think highly of Leftwich as a prospect, you can compare their 1st season with their Phils both pitching 45.2 IP in WIL — Leftwich at 21 yo and Irvin at 22 yo (with 1 red shirt year).

      We’re probably agree to disagree for now, but since both will pitch in CLW in 2017 — JP can provide very good scouting notes and we can re-assess.

      1. JP Crawford is scout or do you know him personally and isn’t Lehigh Valley far away from Clearwater ?

  4. This is the portion of our show where you get selected because you have a cool name. Gotta love it.

  5. What you gotta love is the fact there are some still some interesting names worth debating over and the list is closing in on 40. I.e Gamboa who was in the top 20 for Matt W. Deep.

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