Time to get ready for the 2018 Reader Top 30 Prospect Poll. I will start polling in a week or so, and plan on posting a poll each weekday. We will continue to follow baseball’s standards for prospect lists which states –
“To be eligible for a list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.”
“The rankings follow the guidelines laid out by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in terms of who falls under the international pool money rules: Players who are at least 23 years old and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.”
Several players exceeded their Rookie status during the 2017 season – Nick Williams, Rhys Hoskins, Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Mark Leiter, Hoby Milner, and Ricardo Pinto.
A few more are no longer with the organization – Cameron Perkins (SEA), Brock Stassi (MIN), Jesen Therrien (LAD), and Ty Kelly (FA).
The first ballot will be comprised of first 20 players from MLB’s Top 30 Prospect list.
There are about 251 players within the organization who still have rookie status. The first ballot is listed below (in alphabetical order) –
- Jorge Alfaro,
- Daniel Brito,
- Dylan Cozens,
- J.P. Crawford,
- Enyel De Los Santos,
- Elniery Garcia,
- Jose Gomez,
- Kevin Gowdy,
- Adam Haseley,
- Franklyn Kilome,
- Scott Kingery,
- Adonis Medina,
- Mickey Moniak,
- Jhailyn Ortiz,
- Roman Quinn,
- Cornelius Randolph,
- JoJo Romero,
- Sixto Sanchez,
- Cole Stobbe,
- Ranger Suarez.
I will add names, as necessary and as randomly as I did last season. I’ll get the remaining players in the MLB’s top 30 on the ballot as quickly as possible. In the past, I have added more prospects based on any remaining from the remainder of our previous Reader Top 30, any remaining eligible prospects on the 40-Man Roster, guys coming off good seasons, and guys I liked. This year that would have looked like this –
Remainder of MLB’s Top 30 – note that De Los Santos pushed Hammer off the 30, but I still included him here – Spencer Howard, Tomas Eshelman, McKenzie Mills, Drew Anderson, Luis Garcia, Eliezer Alvarez, Victor Arano, Edgar Garcia, Seranthony Dominguez, Francisco Morales, and J.D. Hammer.
Remainder of Reader Top 30/40 – Harold Arauz, Mark Appel, Alberto Tirado, Nick Fanti, Andrew Pullin, Jesse Valentin, Jose Pujols, Bailey Falter, Tyler Viza, Cole Irvin, Arquimedes Gamboa, and Deivi Grullon.
For reference, here’s last year’s Reader Top 30 plus ten.
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams – no longer eligible
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins – no longer eligible
- Dylan Cozens
- “C” Randolph
- Scott Kingery
- Kevin Gowdy
- Harold Arauz
- Andrew Knapp – no longer eligible
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Adonis Medina
- Mark Appel
- Nick Pivetta – no longer eligible
- Ben Lively – no longer eligible
- Alberto Tirado
- Elniery Garcia
- Nick Fanti
- Cole Stobbe
- Drew Anderson
- Andrew Pullin
- Carlos Tocci – no longer with the organization
- Ricardo Pinto – no longer eligible
- Jordan Kurokawa – no longer with the organization
- Thomas Eshelman
- Jesse Valentin
- Jose Pujols
- Bailey Falter
- Victor Arano
- Daniel Brito
- Tyler Viza
- Seranthony Dominguez
- JoJo Romero
- Cole Irvin
- Arquimedes Gamboa
- Deivi Grullon
Prospects on the 40-Man Roster – Yacksel Rios and Jose Taveras.
A Bunch of Guys Who had Nice Summers, Winters, or Maybe I Just Like Them – Joey DeNato, Elniery Garcia, Enyel De Los Santos, Jacob Waguespack, Mitch Walding, Austin Davis, Brandon Leibrandt, Drew Stankiewicz, Damek Tomscha, Zachary Coppola, Cord Sandberg, Jiandido Tromp, Trevor Bettencourt, Luke Leftwich, Seth McGarry, Edgar Cabral, Darick Hall, Mark Laird, Ismael Cabrera, Will Hibbs, Mauricio Llovera, Raul Rivas, Jesus Alastre, Connor Seabold, Randy Alcantara, Connor Brogdon, Kyle Young, Julian Garcia, Luis Ramirez, Alejandro Requena, Greg Pickett, Josh Stephen, Ben Brown, Anton Kuznetsov, Ethan Lindow, Oscar Marcelino, Denny Martinez, Jakob Hernandez, Jhordany Mezquita, Manuel Silva, Victor Sobil, Brayan Gonzalez, Dalton Guthrie, Jonathan Guzman, Rafael Marchan, Jake Holmes, Quincy Nieporte, Simon Muzziotti, and Ben Pelletier.
Last year, I added a poll about seven days into the process to allay any concerns that I was shaping the poll. At the end of this article, you will find a rather long poll that includes all the guys above who aren’t on MLB’s top 30. You will be able to select as many players as you want to be added to the poll as we proceed through the process.
Features of this poll include –
- The order of names has been randomized.
- The Other answers option has been activated so you can add a player not listed.
- You can choose multiple prospects.
- There is no limit to the number of prospects you can select.
- Results are hidden. I’ll publicize them later.
- Repeat voting is blocked. So make all your selections the first time you take the poll.
- The poll will be open for seven days.
The guys who get the highest number of votes will be the first guys added to the poll.
If you submit a player in Other who is listed in the poll, that vote will NOT be counted.
The Other Top 30
I am always interested in how the drawn out polling process compares to a one time submission. I request that each participant submit her/his own Top 30 to email@example.com using the Subject – My Prospect List. I am curious how the day-by-day voting and discussion affects the outcome when compared to a one-time submission early in the process along the lines of an MVP ballot or a football top 25 ballot.
Corresponding With the Pollster
Since we’re only doing a top 30, a lot of the guys listed above might not make it to a ballot. If you have a favorite that you want considered for the ballot or want to ensure that one of the guys listed above makes it to a ballot, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org using the Subject – Add Prospect. You can also include the request in the comments section. I am NOT going to use the Other option in the poll this year. If you want to make your silly suggestions, you can do it in the Comments section so that everyone can see how funny you think you are. Last year I had to sift through votes for former Phillies prospects as well as some made up names.
I have seen most of the players in the organization. Those who are drafted and assigned to Williamsport either spend a few days at the Complex before their assignment or return for Instructs. I probably have a bias for the guys I watch in XST, the GCL and FSL. So, if it looks like I’m missing someone you think should be considered, send me those names.
Here are the rest of the players eligible for consideration.
Lehigh Valley – Logan Moore and Malquin Canelo.
Reading – Tommy Bergjans, Ranfi Casimiro, Garrett Cleavinger, Alexis Rivero, Mario Sanchez, Jeff Singer, Shane Watson, Tom Windle, Derek Campbell, Zach Green, and Kyle Martin.
Clearwater – Aaron Brown, Tyler Gilbert, Blake Quinn, Austin Bossart, Jose Antequera, Grenny Cumana, Jan Hernandez, Emmanuel Marrero, and Carlos Duran.
Lakewood – Gustavo Armas, Casey Brown, Luis Carrasco, Grant Dyer, Alex Garcia, Tyler Hallead, Jonathan Hennigan, Jake Kelzer, Felix Paulino, Addison Russ, Colby Fitch, Gregori Rivero, Luke Williams, Austin Listi, David Martinelli, and Henri Lartigue.
Williamsport – Andrew Brown, Kyle Dohy, Damon Jones, Orestes Melendez, Jhon Nunez, David Parkinson, Ramon Rosso, Will Stewart, Zach Warren, Rodolfo Duran, Nerluis Martinez, Jesus Azuaje, Nick Maton, Brian Mims, Jake Scheiner, Yahir Gurrola, Malvin Matos, and Luis Encarnacion.
Gulf Coast League – Rafael Carvajal, Bailey Cummings, Jose Jimenez, Robinson Martinez, Sutter McLoughlin, Justin Miller, Sandro Rosario, Sati Santa Cruz, Kipp Moore, Lenin Rodriguez, Keudy Bocio, Gunnar Buhner, Jesus Henriquez, Edwin Rodriguez, D.J. Stewart, Jack Zoellner, Kevin Markham, and Danny Mayer.
Dominican – Bryan Alcala, Leonel Aponte, Ruben Aponte, Alexis Araujo, Osvaldo Arauz, Alfredo Benitez, Jonas De La Cruz, Carlos Francisco, Alexis Herrera, Derwuin Marchan, Anderson Nunez, Melvin Nunez, Luis Pacheco, Anderson Parra, Jose Perez, Aldemar Rivas, Carlos Salazar, Yeison Sanchez, Ramiro Soto, Jean Carlos Valdez, Freddy Barreto, Juan Mendez, Carlos Oropeza, Victor Alfonso, Alexito Feliz, Juan Herrera, Leandro Medina, Yeremy Nunez, Nicolas Torres, Jose Tortolero, Julio Francisco, Raymond Mora, Yerwin Trejo, Rusbel Vasquez, Ronaldo Gonzalez, Abdallah Aris, Eudiver Avendano, Jeison Blanco, Antonio Canizales, Jose Conopoima, Ludovico Coveri, Gustavo Ferrer, Erick Heredia, Wilberson Liendo, Alejandro Made, Gregorix Mateo, Yefferson Mercedes, Moises Nolasco, Jose Palacio, Jorbin Romero, Dalvin Rosario, Juan Santos, Victor Santos, Luis Suarez, Junior Tejada, Gabriel Yanez, Juan Aparicio, Ronald Torrealba, Maximo De La Rosa, Edgar Made, Luiggi Mujica, Luis Rojas, Enny Rondon, Christian Valerio, Wilbert Garcia, Dixon Gutierrez, Jevi Hernandez, Luis Matos, Juan Carlos Smith, and Jose Rivera.
Unassigned – Wilman Silva, Enmanuel Omana, Luiggi Pineda, Luis Garcia, Carlos De La Rosa, Carlos Bettencourt, Wilerik Diaz, Reiwal Gonzalez, Alexander Kline, Orangel Lopez, Alfonzo Puello, Victor Vargas, and Scott Harris.
And finally, the poll (it’s long, containing 63 names)-