The winner of the Best Center Fielder Poll was Adam Haseley. He had a considerable lead over runner-up Roman Quinn who had a small lead over Mickey Moniak. Carlos Tocci was the only other player to receive a substantial amount of votes.
Adam Haseley was the Phillies first round selection in the 2017 amateur draft. After a few games in the GCL, he spent the bulk of his first season in Williamsport before a promotion to Lakewood. He posted a combined slash of .284/.357/.405/.761 that was greatly affected by his 7 for 12 in Clearwater. Joe Jordan has already stated that Haseley will likely start the 2018 season in High A and implied that he will get an invite to major league spring training.
|Adam Haseley (LAK, WPT)||117||31%|
|Roman Quinn (LHV)||86||23%|
|Mickey Moniak (LAK)||73||19%|
|Carlos Tocci (LHV, CLW)||64||17%|
|Zack Coppola (REA, CLW)||10||3%|
|Cameron Perkins (Phillies, LHV)||8||2%|
|Mark Laird (CLW)||7||2%|
|Dylan Cozens (LHV)||6||2%|
|Simon Muzziotti (GCL)||4||1%|
|Herlis Rodriguez (LHV)||1||0%|
|Malvin Matos (WPT)||1||0%|
|Keudy Bocio GCL||1||0%|
|Kevin Markham (GCL)||1||0%|
|Carlos Duran (CLW, LAK)||0||0%|
Roman Quinn was on his way to a good season and a probable call up to the big club when he suffered an elbow injury sliding into a base. Quinn is an exciting, top of the order player. A difference maker. He spent the summer rehabbing in Clearwater and is only just now playing in actual games as readies himself for winter ball. You will all be happy to hear that Quinn looks great. He’s making solid contact, driving balls, running well. My primary concern is that he still slides head first.
Mickey Moniak had a disappointing season, I’m not going to re-visit dissecting it here. But, he is young and will probably benefit from his return to Lakewood for the start of the 2018 season.
Carlos Tocci excelled in Reading where he posted a .307/.362/.398/.760 with 2 HR and 48 RBI, and started off respectably in Lehigh Valley before a season-ending 2 for 21. Tocci signed on August 23, 2011 and is Rule 5 eligible again this December. Word is that he will be exposed to the draft even though the Phillies expect him to be selected.
Notes: I saw Zach Coppola and Mark Laird in Clearwater. They are essentially the same type of player – great defense, slap hitters, speed on the bases. Cameron Perkins and Dylan Cozens showed that they can plug center field if needed but neither is a career center fielder. Herlis Rodriguez is a free agent this off season. And, Simon Muzziotti represents the next wave of great defensive center fielders coming through the system. The Phillies signed him after Baseball voided his contract with the cheater Red Sox. He’s an exciting, young player who can cover center field and get on base. He struck out just 8 times in 141 GCL plate appearances (5.7%). He was promoted to Clearwater for a weekend series when the Threshers needed bench depth. An injury afforded him the opportunity to play the Saturday and Sunday games. He opened eyes going 2-7 with a stolen bases and 2 runs scored. Kevin Markham covers a lot of ground no matter which outfield position he mans and is patient at the plate.