Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #38

JoJo Romero was your selection for the #37 prospect in the organization with 25 of 157 votes (16%).  Arquimeded Gamboa (23 votes, 15%) finished second.  Others receiving double-digit votes include Cole Irvin (20 votes, 13%), Deivi Grullon (17 votes, 11%), Francisco Morales (14 votes, 9%), and Josh Stephen (10 votes, 6 %).

JoJo Romero was drafted by the Phillies in the 4th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Yavapai College, AZ.  He signed with the Phillies on June 22, 2016, and was assigned to Williamsport on July 1st as a 19-year old.

Romero was about 2.5 years younger than his peers in the NYPenn League.  In 10 starts he went 2-2 and posted a 2.56 ERA in 45.2 innings.  The 6’0 LHP had a WHIP of 1.204, 2.2 BB/9, and 6.1 K/9.  He had a GO/AO of almost 2:1 (1.94).  Mitch Rupert reported a 91-93 mph fastball and 80-81 mph slider on July 11th.

The Phillies have mined prospects from Yavapai College in the past.  Back in 1995, they drafted 1B Mike Heidemann (53rd round, didn’t sign and played Indy ball in 1996) and in 2004 C Esteban Lopez (48th round, didn’t sign drafted in 2006 by the Dodgers and got as far as AAA in 2010).  In 2011 they struck gold with future closer Ken Giles (7th round).  In 2013, they drafted 6’9 RHP Matthew Southard (28th round) whom they released in July 2014.  Romero is the 5th prospect drafted from the school by the Phillies.  Back in 1986, the Red Sox spent a 2nd round pick on RHP Curt Schilling.

Romero threw 113.2 JUCO innings in 18 starts (21 appearances) and went 11-5.  He posted a 3.64 ERA but struck out 10.2 batters per nine innings.  Romero picked up victories in three of the Roughriders’ five wins in the NJCAA World Series including the  Title Game, striking out 15 batters and tossing a complete game.  He gave up 2 runs on 8 hits and walked none.  His coach let him throw 132 pitches (95 strikes, 72%).  The University of Arizona had inked the lefty before he was drafted by the Phillies.


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
  36. Seranthony Dominguez
  37. JoJo Romero

6 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #38

  1. I am pleased that any guys voted from 29 on and including the next 4 vote getters all seem reasonable as a Top30 guy.

    I’d move Fanti into that group waiting to see if his FB gets into 90’s consistently but the 2016 results were outstanding.
    Arauz was good but he seems a bit old for projection so he might slot after that group for me. Stephen has the most important tool so hopefully his other tools can be at least average. I’d have them more in the 40’s but a path to majors seems plausible.

    Lots to dream on at the lower levels, as most teenagers have “projection”. I do like that it seems more focus has been on pitchability and hitting tools, while still getting huge tool guys like Morales and Gamboa.

    1. Let’s not forget about Llovera.

      Check out this article today about our latin pitching prospects.

      Sal says that had Sixto been draft eligible he would be a top 5 pick. Wow!

      Also Llovera throwing 100 MPH and check out his GCL stats. A lot of wows to go around. I voted for Llovera based on that article and his stats which are fabulous. He would have gotten more attention but for a dominant team and a guy named Sanchez.

      1. I also voted Llovera; I voted him last round as well. Excellent stats — both ERA, wins, and peripherals. Then there is the FB velocity. The negatives are that he is only 5′-11″ as a RHP and that he was an older LA sign who was playing in GCL at an age inappropriate 20. I couldn’t put him much higher than this, because of those questions. At his age, he needs to prove himself at Lakewood and move up the ladder fairly quickly.

        On the J2 signees who have yet to play, even in the DSL, I decided that I just won’t consider them until they’ve played. With the new draft rules and draftees signing earlier and playing at GCL or higher during their draft year, it just doesn’t make sense to me to try to rank 16-year olds who have yet to appear in a professional game.

  2. I voted Deivy Grullon, mostly because name recognition. That, and because his defense is apparently already MLB-ready.

    I just don’t know enough about guys like Llovera, Francisco Morales, Josh Stephen, etc. to vote for them, for better or worse.

    1. I don’t know about it being ML ready, but Grullon’s defense should at least keep him moving up the ladder and give his bat plenty of time to develop. I voted for him as well.

  3. I’d thinks Sal A. comments (plus scouting reports) should be enough to rank Morales. I mean for him to say “the only reason he won’t make it is if he gets hurt” says a lot to me.

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