The top vote recipient for the Best Corner Outfielders Poll was Jhailyn Ortiz. Top center fielder, Adam Haseley, finished second. Cornelius Randolph was right on his heels in third position.
Jhailyn Ortiz led the Crosscutters offense with a .302/.401/.560/.961 slash, 15 doubles, 8 HR, and 30 RBI. He was hit by opposing pitchers nine (actually ten) times and was successful on 5 of 6 stolen base attempts. The big guy covers more ground than you would expect in right field and has a strong arm that he likes to show off.
|Jhailyn Ortiz (WPT)||122||22%|
|Adam Haseley (LAK)||89||16%|
|Cornelius Randolph (CLW)||86||16%|
|Dylan Cozens (LHV)||58||11%|
|Andrew Pullin (LHV, REA)||38||7%|
|Carlos Tocci (REA)||37||7%|
|Jiandido Tromp (REA)||35||6%|
|Ben Pelletier (GCL)||30||5%|
|Damek Tomscha (REA)||10||2%|
|Cord Sandberg (REA, LAK)||7||1%|
|Cameron Perkins (LHV)||6||1%|
|Zack Coppola (REA, CLW)||5||1%|
|Jesus Alastre (LAK)||5||1%|
|Josh Stephen (WPT)||4||1%|
|Herlis Rodriguez (LHV, CLW)||2||0%|
|Jose Pujols (CLW)||2||0%|
|David Martinelli (LAK)||2||0%|
|Austin Listi (LAK)||2||0%|
|Juan Luis (WPT, LAK)||2||0%|
|Malvin Matos (WPT)||2||0%|
|Danny Mayer (GCL)||2||0%|
|Kevin Markham (GCL)||2||0%|
|Brock Stassi (LHV)||1||0%|
|Jan Hernandez (CLW)||1||0%|
|Yahir Gurrola (WPT, GCL)||1||0%|
|Carlos Duran (CLW, LAK)||0||0%|
As I mentioned in the results of center fielders poll, Adam Haseley posted a combined slash of .284/.357/.405/.761 across three levels. He will likely start the 2018 season with the Clearwater Threshers. If he does, he will also likely be playing in center fielder.
Cornelius Randolph played the entire 2017 season with Clearwater. He reported in the spring with an eye infection that forced him to play wearing glasses for the first time in his career. In addition, he was asked to alter his swing to increase his power. The effects were a lot more of his at bats ended with balls hit hard to his pull side. Randolph showed steady progress and finished with a .250/.338/.402/.740 slash with 13 HRs and 55 RBI. His use of glasses resurfaced a couple time during the season. Randolph is expected to start the 2018 season in Reading.
Dylan Cozens followed his 2016 campaign with 27 HR and 75 RBI at Lehigh Valley. Good numbers until you look at his slash of .210/.301/.418/.719 and his 194 strike outs in 542 plate appearances (35.8%). Cozens will need to exhibit the plate discipline he showed back in Clearwater when he had a K-rate of 19.9%.
Andrew Pullin had a great half-season at Reading (.308/.368/.556/.925 with 14 HR, 46 RBI, 43 K in 296 plate appearances, 14.5%), but struggled in his second half at Lehigh Valley.
Notes: Among the rest, I saw several who played at the lower levels. Damek Tomscha is a 25-year old who completed his 4th season with the Phillies. He has put up respectable numbers in each of his three, full season years. He hit above .300 at both Clearwater and Reading in 2017. Jose Pujols looked bad for most of the 2017 season. His inability to hit or lay off, off speed pitches led to a steady diet of them. After being relegated to fourth outfielder, He started to show a glimmer of what he needs to be at the plate late in the season. Danny Mayer (.255/.342/.396/.738) and Kevin Markham (.250/.369/.357/.726) had similar seasons with the GCL Phillies. Mayer took balls at first base during Instructs. Markham showed the speed to play all three outfield positions. Jan Hernandez was moved from third base to right field and didn’t embarrass himself. And, Ben Pelletier and Yahir Gurrola led the GCL Phillies with their .333 batting averages. Pelletier has come into his own as a hitter, and was second on the team with 3 HR and 26 RBI. Gurrola, drafted in the 27th round, impressed with his ability to get on base (.437 OBP) and his speed on the bases. His numbers dipped when he went to Williamsport.