Jhailyn Ortiz was your selection as the #4 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Ortiz received 89 of 260 votes (34%). Jorge Alfaro finished second (71 votes, 27%). Adam Haseley (32, 12%) and Adonis Medina (24, 9%) finished third and fourth. Fourteen players collected the remaining 44 votes.
Ortiz became the Phillies’ biggest international free agent signing when he signed for $4M on July 10, 2015 as a 16-year old.
Ortiz spent the 2016 season with the Gulf Coast Phillies as a 17-year old. He finished the season with a .231/.325/.434/.758 slash that included 8 HR in 173 AB, 8 SB in 10 attempts, and 17 BB (8.6) and 53 K (26.9%). His 2016 baseball season started in March. It’s probable that he tired at the end of the GCL season. This could be born out by the .286/.394/.571 slash he had as late as July 26th.
Ortiz improved in his 2017 season in Williamsport. The 18-year old finished the season with a .302/.401/.560/.961 slash that included 8 HR in 159 AB, 5 SB in 6 attempts, and 18 BB (9.6%) and 47 K (25.1%). One indication of Ortiz’ success at the plate could be the number of times he is hit by a pitched ball. In the GCL (2016) he was struck 7 times. At Williamsport he was struck 9 times. He was hit 3 times in one game in June, twice if you believe the umpire. But, he left the game and after being struck on the wrist the third time. The umpire missed the call and Ortiz missed the next 4 games. (Cue the music to the Three Blind Mice nursery rhyme.)
I think Ortiz is an interesting selection, one I have no problem accepting. I have followed him closely since he first arrived in Clearwater. I was impressed with his plate discipline during 2015 Instructs as a 16-year old. I marveled during the following spring and 2016 GCL season at the amount of ground such a big, young man could cover in right field. I was surprised at the strength of his arm and noticed that he looked for opportunities to show it off. And, I reveled at the easy power he exhibited during 2016 XST. Ortiz is further from the big leagues than a player like Jorge Alfaro, but if you value projection over proximity, he is an easy choice this early in the polling process. So far, it appears that Ortiz will not be a defensive liability albeit at a less critical position than Alfaro. And, his offensive tools, his power, and his early plate discipline would seem to give him the edge over Alfaro and other prospects. His signing bonus will likely lead fans to anticipate a high ceiling. His performance indicates that his floor is likely high, too.
Next up is your selection for the #5 prospect in the organization with Eliezer Alvarez and Victor Arano added to the poll.
2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –
- Sixto Sanchez
- Scott Kingery
- J.P. Crawford
- Jhailyn Ortiz