2017 Phuture Phillies Right-Handed Starting Pitchers Poll

We”ll continue the “Best of” series of polls with the second of the final three polls, your selection as the best right-handed starters in the organization.

We only have 30 righties who started games last season.  You can select up to seven pitchers on your ballot. This will allow us to establish what kind of depth we think we have in the organization.

(Don’t forget to submit your top prospect list by e-mailing it to prospectpoll@yahoo.com.  To date, I have received about thirty.  Please don’t be one of those guys who criticizes the outcome if you don’t participate.)

Each player listed below is in the poll and started at least 3 games at the position and/or made a substantial amount of his appearances as a starter.  Each player is linked to his profile in Baseball Reference.  And, I have included a link to Gregg’s Report Card for Starting Pitching at CLW, REA. and LHV, and his Report Card for Starting Pitching at GCL, WPT, LAK.

  1. Tyler Viza
  2. Jose Taveras
  3. Franklyn Kilome
  4. Thomas Eshelman
  5. Drew Anderson
  6. Adonis Medina
  7. Jake Thompson
  8. Sixto Sanchez
  9. Mark Appel
  10. Ben Lively
  11. Jacob Waguespack
  12. Seranthony Dominguez
  13. Edgar Garcia
  14. Felix Paulino
  15. Ramon Rosso
  16. Julian Garcia
  17. Tommy Bergjans
  18. Andrew Brown
  19. Luis Carrasco
  20. Zach Eflin
  21. Mauricio Llovera
  22. Spencer Howard
  23. Francisco Morales
  24. Gustavo Armas
  25. Sandro Rosario
  26. Harold Arauz
  27. Mark Leiter
  28. Nick Pivetta
  29. Henderson Alvarez
  30. Alejandro Requena

10 thoughts on “2017 Phuture Phillies Right-Handed Starting Pitchers Poll

  1. This is impossible. I hope the front office attempts to do the same exercise. I needed at least 11 spots, not seven.

    The case for Kilome being in my top seven was tough for me in particular. I’ve never personally seen him pitch. Every ‘expert’ has him highly regarded. He has the frame. He had an ok year, not great, but I felt obligated to vote for him. So I had to leave a very good pitcher out. I wonder if he’s going to track like Carlos Carrasco and really bloom a little late.

    I found myself favoring the older pitchers. I even wanted to pick Pivetta, who I think has tremendous stuff and a real chance to be a better-than-average major leaguer. I left guys like Leiter, Lively, and Thompson off my list as I think we know what they are. That said, someone like Thompson, with his age and pedigree, might figure it out and take that next step. Our upper minors are chock full of very good prospects.

    This is not to imply that guys like Morales (voted for) and Howard (didn’t make my cut) don’t excite me. They do. I pray Gowdy gets healthy.

    Boy, I wish Appel (no vote) would turn out to be valuable but I think that’s a pipe dream.

  2. Maybe I looked at this incorrectly. My 7 were (in no particular order) Taveras, Kilome, Eshelman, D. Anderson, Medina, Sanchez and Dominguez. Morales was a guy I really wanted to include. I considered Eflin, Pivetta and Lively Major Leaguers. I realize that this poll doesn’t have that restriction. Appel is definitely a pipe dream. A pipe with some wacky tobaccy in it.

    1. Appel…..Joe Jordan said he will be going into the relief role next season….hope they can groom him as a closer….but just not sure about his temperament as a closer. His velo should be in that typical reliever range now pretty standard thru the league of 95 thru 98, hopefully his secondary stuff, at least one breaking ball, plays out.

      1. Romus, it always sounded to me like Appel’s main problem was in his head. He lets the bad outings get to him. That doesn’t profile well for a closer. I hope I’m wrong but I just don’t see him ever making it to the Show.

  3. Good depth. I counted this year’s LHV-Phillies group out of this poll. This year it will be Eshelman, Alvarez, and Leibrandt. I think Viza has the strength to be an innings eating number 5. He could be up at year’s end if he can show well in LHV. Medina has a great slider to complement his mid-nineties fastball. Taveras, like Viza, could be up with the Phillies this year — and they keep coming. There will certainly be many good pitchers coming up in th eyears to come. I’m optimistic with the rebuild.

    1. Viza might become an org filler or traded for cash or just stay in REA. If no trade of the young arms will happen, there will be surplus in LHV – Eshelman, El Garcia, Leibrandt, Anderson, Taveras, Irvin (that’s 6) that can start in LHV plus some arms that will not make the 25-man (possibly 2-3 of Jake, Eflin, Pivetta, Lively, Leiter).

      REA will start with Kilome, Seranthony, Wags and possibly Mills so Viza might join this group.

      CLW will probably have the most exciting rotation – Sixto, JoJo, Medina, Ranger and Edgar Garcia (and Llovera if they play a 6-man rotation).

  4. Ramon Rosso remains to be the mystery man in the lower minors. A former LAD-signee who pitched very well in the low minors. I can see Rosso (and his peers in WIL Howard, Seabold, Young, Garcia) to start in LWD where I will plan to watch him pitch.

    1. Rosso is second-chance guy, a reclamation project if you will. The Dodgers thought highly of him, but they released him because of some off-the-field problems. Hopefully he works out. In Williamsport he pitched like a higher level guy who was in his last starts of rehab. Should easily make LWD roster.

  5. This is certainly where we see our system’s depth of talent. Sixto might be the only guy who looks like an ace so far but there is loads of talent here. However, I predict we trade at least two names from this list this winter for major league arm(s). Eshelman appears to be major league ready but will probably start next year as our 9th starter (Nola, two pick ups, Pivetta, Eickhoff, and then Lively, Thompson, Eflin, Anderson, Taveras and Liebrandt at LHV). He could be traded, as could Anderson and Kilome could be someone that goes as well. Interesting winter – depth provides assets

  6. I picked six; Sanchez, Medina, Anderson, Dominguez, Eshelman and Kilome. That order seems about right to me. I still have doubts about Kilome. Couldn’t decide on a 7th. Did not consider guys like Pivetta who have pitched in Philly already, or the lower level guys – too soon to tell.

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