Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #40

Arquimedes Gamboa was your selection for the #39 prospect in the organization with 27 of 146 votes (18%).  Deivi Grullon finished a close second with 26 votes (18%). Others receiving double-digit votes include Josh Stephen (14 votes, 10 %), and Francisco Morales (13 votes, 9%).

Arquimedes Gamboa was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent shortstop out of Venezuela on July 2, 2014 as a 16-year old.  He was the #8 international prospect. He spent the rest of the summer at the Venezuelan Academy and reported stateside that fall for Instructs.  He was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies on June 22, 2015.

Gamboa posted a .189/.252/.258/.510 slash with .953 Fld% at second base and a .963 Fld% at shortstop in the GCL.

Gamboa was assigned to Williamsport in 2016.  He posted a similar slash of .200/.254/.292/.546.  He committed 16 errors and had a Fld% of .904.  His season ended abruptly when he suffered a leg injury on August 1st attempting to steal second base.

In his first two seasons, Gamboa has played against much older competition.  He was 2.5 years younger than league average in the GCL (2015) and 3.1 years younger than league average in the NY-Penn League (2016).

A Baseball America scouting report released when Gamboa signed in 2014 described him as a “5’11, 160 pound, quick-twitch athlete with plus speed and good actions at shortstop. He’s a switch-hitter with a line drive bat who’s better from the left side”.

This will be the last Reader Prospect Poll for 2017. Thank you for participating.


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
  38. Cole Irvin
  39. Arquimedes Gamboa

14 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … #40

  1. This system got real deep pretty quickly. A guy just like Morales would have been Top 15-20 just a few years back, I’d guess. Here’s hoping they keep people around who make the sound decisions that got us here.

  2. Depth has been the key word this year. And that depth will be well illustrated when the Top 40 concludes and still left on the board will be the likes of Canelo, Edgar Garcia, Stephen, Walding, Kyle Martin, Numata, etc.

    Jim, thanks for extending the process to 40 names.

    Now the next part, which has already begun, live reports from Clearwater. Exciting.

  3. Why no LLove for Mauricio- you guys know he’s my sleeper…actually I’ve been voting Grullon for awhile. Excellent defense and arm as a catcher should (ok could?) be enough to carry him to the bigs. If he makes improvements at the plate which I think he can, he is definitely on the right track.

    1. I’ve voted Llovera the past 4 rounds. To me, highest realistic ceiling of the remaining guys, who have actually at least appeared in a game. I like Morales’s future better, but he hasn’t played yet, so I’m not ranking him. Where to rank him would be a huge question. Risk vs ceiling, based solely on scouting reports and bonus puts him around #20, but that would be insane for a 16-year old with zilch professional playing time.

      1. What’s crazy is how a member of the Phillies scouting staff (this it was Sal A) said something to the extent of “the only thing that will hold him back from being a MLB pitcher is if he gets hurt”. To me that’s a BOLD statement to make.

    2. Mauricio not making the Top 40 is not a bad thing since there are still prospects with longer track record of success and/or higher ceiling left in the pool. Mauricio has a very good 2016 but so far it is only his low to mid 90 FB showing plus potential (Sixto’s FB can touch upper 90s and 2 plus secondary pitches). Felix Paulino pitched better than Adonis Medina in GCL back in 2015 but Paulino’s lack of overall stuff didn’t help him get noticed despite of a decent 2016 in GCL.

      Mauricio is a better prospect than Paulino and he can get noticed in 2017 if he develop a reliable secondary pitch(es). I see Mauricio more of a bullpen arm than a starter.

      1. I read Mauricio can hit 100 MPH – that’s why I voted for him. That and the pretty stellar statistics.

        1. @catch – i read it somewhere before but i think it is an outlier. He pitched in GCL and I don’t remember Jim reporting Mauricio pitching consistently with a hard FB. But I do believe Mauricio have the potential to pitch on a mid-upper 90s that’s why I see him more of a RP than SP.

          MattWinks reported Mauricio at 92-95 touching 97.

          1. Gelb is the only one to ever report Llovera touching 100. I have yet to get any verification from anyone I asked. So even if the report is true, it seems to be an isolated incident because he has not gotten close in the overwhelming majority of his innings.

  4. Top40 hits of the system. Thank so much for filling the last few weeks with some interesting discussions. I learned about a bunch of guys who now get to show what they can do this year.

    Ranking these guys includes so much projection that ceiling vs risk is a constant struggle. I try to rank by value of each if traded. Whoever I think has more trade value I try to rank higher.

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