Daily Archives: September 20, 2017

2017 Phuture Phillies Top Second Baseman Poll

We”ll continue the “Best of” series of polls with your selection as the best second baseman in the system.  Again, I have allowed a maximum of three answers for each ballot. This will allow us to establish what kind of depth we have in the organization.  This is also handy for second base where I expect a land slide in favor of the top guy similar to the one we had for first base.

(Don’t forget to submit your top prospect list by e-mailing it to prospectpoll@yahoo.com.  To date I have received only 18 lists, one as short as seven and a couple as long as fifty.)

Each player listed below is in the poll and played at least 10 games at the position.   I have included a link to the player’s profile in Baseball Reference.  And I have included a link to Gregg’s Report Card for Middle Infielders.

  1. Scott Kingery – real good seasons at AA and AAA, I became a believer during spring training
  2. Pedro Florimon – didn’t see enough of him last season
  3. Jesmuel Valentin – spent most of the season on the DL
  4. Angelo Mora – second is his best position, IMO
  5. Drew Stankiewicz – steady, versatile infielder
  6. Grenny Cumana – passable middle infield defense who can hit a little
  7. Jose Antequera – versatile infielder who didn’t hit well in 2017
  8. Derek Campbell – the injury really set him back, probably passed by younger guys
  9. Daniel Brito – a second base only guy whose hitting dropped off after the jump from the 2016 GCL
  10. Raul Rivas – didn’t see enough of him before he went to Williamsport
  11. Jake Scheiner – didn’t see enough of him before he went to Williamsport
  12. Brian Mims – didn’t see enough of him before he went to Williamsport
  13. Jesus Azuaje – didn’t see enough of him before he went to Williamsport
  14. Brayan Gonzalez – solid defensive infielder, showed some bat toward the end of the season
  15. Jesus Henriquez – versatile, multi-position player

Report Card–Outfield, CW, REA and LV

Lehigh Valley

Cam Perkins, 26, Phils 6th round pick in 2012; .288/.374/.447 in 257AB; 7HR 27RBI; 3SB; 10%BB/16%K; For Phils: .174/.232/.267 in 86AB; 61 games in the OF with 4 errors and 3 OF assists; 4 games at 1B without an error; Perkins continued to be a plus hitter and fielder at the AAA level but it did not translate to the majors in Perkins time with the big club this season.  Perkins can be a competent #5 major league outfielder but I believe with the talent coming through the OF, he just as likely could be DFA’d in the offseason.  Grade: B-

Roman Quinn, 24, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .274/.344/.389 in 175AB; 2HR 13RBI; 10SB; 9%BB/25%K; 44 games in the OF with 4 errors, 2 OF assists; I am at a loss for words on Quinn but Ill try.  Another season cut significantly short by injury; When healthy (and that is almost never), he is a true talent.  He hasn’t played a game since May.  Grade: D-; 2018: Quinn is a guy the Phils are more than likely afraid to remove from the 40 because they will lose him because his upside is tremendous.  He will likely stick around one more year to prove his health.

Andrew Pullin,23, Phils 5th round pick in 2012; .272/.327/.488 in 504AB; 20HR 69RBI; 5SB; 6%BB/17%K; For LV: .231/.280/.412 in 238AB; 6HR 23RBI; 20%K; 95 games in the OF with 3 errors, 2 OF assists; Pullin moved up to Lehigh Valley after raking for parts of the last two seasons in Reading and the AAA numbers were mediocre in the half season up with the ‘Pigs.  Grade: B-; 2018: Pullin is Rule 5 eligible if not added to the 40.  I don’t think he will be added, nor do I think he will be selected in the Rule 5.  2018: Lehigh Valley

Herlis Rodriguez, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .249/.314/398 in 357AB between Clearwater, Reading and LV; 11HR 34RBI; 10SB; .216/.259/.318 in 148AB with LV; 3%BB/24%K; 77 games in the OF with 3 errors, 7 OF assists; 6 games at 1B without an error; Rodriguez played well at Clearwater but them slumped in Lehigh Valley.  The Phils likely wanted to see Rodriguez get some significant playing time in against high level competition as unless he is added to the 40 man roster, he will become a minor league free agent.  I think it very unlikely he is added to the 40 man.  Grade: C

Dylan Cozens, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .210/.301/.418 in 476AB; 27HR 75RBI; 8SB; 11%BB/36%K rates; .194 vs LHP; .217 vs RHP; .165 last 30 days; .151/.273/.283 Post All Star Game with a 44%K rate; 109 games in the OF with 4 errors and 9 OF assists; Regress is too diplomatic a term to describe what happened to Cozens during the second half of the season.  The numbers are mind bogglingly (is that a word?) poor.  His power potential and athleticism rank at the top of the Phils prospects but any semblance of long term success is a real question mark.  Grade: D; 2018: Lehigh Valley

Carlos Tocci, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .294/.346/.381 in 482AB; 3HR 52RBI; 4/9SB; 6%BB/15%K; For LV: Hit .189 in 53AB; 123 games in the OF with 2 errors; 8 OF assists; Tocci had an excellent season in Reading before struggling in the last month of the season for Lehigh Valley; Tocci will never hit for power but did a nice job hitting for average and knocked in 50+ with is a nice number for Tocci.  His fielding remains outstanding.  Grade: B+; 2018: I hope to see Tocci on the 40 man and in Lehigh Valley Continue reading Report Card–Outfield, CW, REA and LV