Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #11 Prospect

JoJo Romero was your selection as the #10 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Romero received 125 of 304 votes (41%). Roman Quinn finished second (54, 18%), Darick Hall finished third (40, 13%), Franklyn Kilome finished fourth (21, 7%), Enyel De Los Santos finished fifth (14, 5%), and Tom Eshelman finished sixth (10, 3%).  Fourteen players split the remaining 40 votes.

JoJo Romero was the Phillies fourth round pick in the 2016 draft.  He signed an over slot deal and reported to Williamsport.  It wasn’t until 2016 spring training that I saw him throw a couple innings at the Complex.  He pitched half the season with Lakewood before a mid-season promotion to Clearwater where he made ten starts.

I saw half of his FSL starts.  They included –

  • his first two games where he struck out 19 Yankees and Blue Jays in 12.1 innings, allowed 4 hits and an unearned run while splitting those two games;
  • a seven-inning, one-hit shutout where he threw 66% of 98 pitches for strikes;
  • an 8 strike out, 6-inning game where he threw 70% of 106 pitches for strikes;

Romero allowed 8 of the 13 earned runs he gave up in just two games, and just 5 runs in his other 42.1 innings.

Across two levels he struck out 128 batters in 129.0 innings (8.9 K/9) and walked 36 (2.5 BB/9).  He posted a combined ERA of 2.16 and a 1.085 WHIP.

2017 was Romero’s age 20 season.  With only ten Advanced-A starts on his resume, Romero may start the 2018 season in Clearwater with an early promotion to Reading.  But it is just as likely he begins the 2018 campaign in Reading.

Romero attended Yavapai College.  The Phillies have found a few other players at this Arizona college.  In the past decade – RHP Matt Southard (2013) and RHP Ken Giles (2011). Former Phillie Curt Schilling was drafted by the Red Sox out of Yavapai.  Charley Kerfeld, Special Assistant to the General Manager, is also from Yavapai.  Note: Kerfeld was drafted out of high school by the Phillies in the 24th round of the 1981 June Amateur Draft, with the third overall pick by the Mariners in the 1982 January Draft-Second Phase, and by the Astros with the fifth overall pick in the 1982 June Amateur Draft.

Next up is your selection for the #11 prospect in the organization with no new players added to the poll.


2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –

  1. Sixto Sanchez
  2. Scott Kingery
  3. J.P. Crawford
  4. Jhailyn Ortiz
  5. Jorge Alfaro
  6. Adam Haseley
  7. Adonis Medina
  8. Franklyn Kilome
  9. Mickey Moniak
  10. JoJo Romero



38 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #11 Prospect

  1. Enyel De Los Santos will be next for me. I know very little about him but the fact that a 21 yo held his own in AA is pretty impressive. He misses a lot of bats and with an 8.3 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 last year, that’s good enough for me. He will probably start in Reading and could end the year in LHV. Sometimes new guys take a half year or even a full year to acclimate to a new organization. Hopefully he’s a hit-the-ground-running sort of guy.

  2. Kilome in poll again and should not be. He received 7% despite already being chosen as the #8 prospect.

    1. 21 wasted votes. I wouldn’t mind if Jim keeps all the names in the poll because he is not the ones voting — we are. so we can exercise good judgment by voting who is eligible and deserving of the next spot.

      1. KuKo…not wasted…..I mistakenly hit him again….but then exited out of the site, went back in and re-voted for a new player at #11….Jim may have modified and fixed that oversight.

  3. Yeah hopefully we can get Kilome removed from the poll this time. It would be nice if we had two Kilome’s in the system though.

    Quinn here for me. As others have said, based on ceiling and proximity he would be much higher but injury issues keep him down.

  4. Roman Quinn. There’s still a lot to love: SPEED, switch-hitting, decent OBP, a surprising amount of XBH pop for his size. He can contribute as a 4th/5th OF in the big leagues this season, and possibly could earn himself some significant ABs depending on his performance.

    He just has to stay ___________________.

    1. I don’t think there’s a bigger X factor this year than Quinn. His health is like the weather. You can’t do anything about it. Just hope the nice days outnumber the rainy ones by a lot.

    1. Next 5 for me:

      11. Randolph (actually had a good year – power is a big development)
      12. Quinn (top 5 talent, bottom of the barrel health history)
      13. Eshelman (better command, better velocity, better breaking pitches, Papa Johns)
      14. Howard (very underrated prospect who could turn into a 2/3 – possible poor man’s Corey Kluber)
      15. Brito (lots of potential)
      16. Suarez (had a great year and the stuff is improving)
      17. Irvin (would have Dominguez here, but since he’s a reliever now, he’s in the 20s)
      18. Gamboa (had a fine year last year at a more advanced level – is allegedly dripping with solid tools)
      19. Cozens (the power is real and the plate discipline is real; if he figures it out even a little with advanced pitching his stock could soar and he’s 2 years younger than Aaron Judge – he really could turn this around)
      20. Tavares (wherever he goes, he does very well; much better pitcher than Jake Thompson IMO).

      1. Howard is a guy I’m keeping my eye on too, though I would refrain from throwing out names of Cy Young winners.

        Is de los Santos in your top 10, or omitted from your top 20?

        1. Hmm, good point. Might take Irvin or Gamboa out and replace him with de los Santos, I’d have to think about it. The omission was not intentional. He should be in the top 20.

      2. I can see Seranthony and Anderson going in the 20s, but Irvin over Morales? Since you have Taveras in the Top 20 too so i guess you give preference to proximity.

      3. Are you that much of a Phillies farm homey. How can you not have De Los Santos in your top 20? I voted for him again, in case you couldn’t guess that.

  5. C is my pick here. I think he’s going to have a break out 2018 and add even bigger problems (good ones) to this system.

    1. Cornelius Cleopatrick should have a huge year at Reading and perhaps pop back onto national board rankings…..but as is the case with all Reading mashers, the park factor is aways brought up.
      His away splits should be a good indication of how he progresses.
      I remember Hoskins had exceptional away splits in 2016.

      1. Let’s hope that C will not go the Pullin path – a LF only lefty who can hit with occasional power and average defense.

        IMO, C needs to be traded once REA inflated his value.

        1. Agreed with your last sentence and my point about the ‘good problem’ was meant to allude to that. There are a few guys in the system that are going to become blocked soon. If they become really good they become trade bait. Depending on what happens with C this season and who becomes available by the deadline/off-season of 2018, I wouldn’t mind having him as a big piece. He still should have national recognition back as Romus said since he was a 1st rounder and only entering his age 20 season in AA.

          I don’t know if I’d immediately trade him unless someone sees him as a main piece in a package.

  6. I came up with the same Top 10 except Alfaro (my #11) and I have delos Santos instead at #8. I’ve been bringing up delos Santos for the last 3 polls so he will be my next vote.

    11) Alfaro
    12) Randolph
    13) Eshelman
    14) Anderson
    15) Dominguez
    16) Suarez
    17) Morales
    18) Quinn
    19) Gamboa
    20) Brito

    Despite of the plan to move Seranthony in the pen, I’m still high on him since he still owns potentially 2 above average pitches in FB/CB (makes him a closer type) and another workable CU as the 3rd pitch.

    I really like Anderson to go to the next level and will keep an eye of Ranger Suarez (i love lefty’s with a good CU).

  7. Quinn again, for the same reasons. The talent level is high enough for me to keep hoping. I have no problem with anyone downgrading his ranking because he has never been healthy. But, I see a real top of the order force should he ever stay on the field. I have some more pitching going next. I need a really good year from “C”, because as of this moment he doesn’t go higher than 17 or 18 for me. I have Eshelman, DeLosSantos, Irvin, Dominguez, Anderson, and Suarez in some order coming up

    1. If everything holds – a Quinn-JPC-Kingery-Hoskins top of the order can be something fun to watch.

      1. Okay, let’s play a hypothetical game. Let’s say the Phillies want to get Cesar and Kingery on the field and determine that one of them can play a passable third base (let’s not decide which player that is for the time being). If you do that the line-ups you can create are really something else. This could be a very good offensive team this – and it’s about time.

        – Cesar
        – JPC/Kingery
        – Santana
        – Hoskins
        – Odubel/Altherr
        – Altherr/Odubel
        – Kingery/JPC
        – Knapp/Alfaro

        1. I’d be all over something like this if no reasonable deal can be had for Cesar and if Kingery can play third. I’d hit Santana second, Odubel third and Hoskins fourth, followed by Altherr, JPC, Kingery and Alfaro. Franco would make a good 1B/3B backup with a strong incentive to work on his approach.

          1. In this scenario, Franco has to fight for his ABs which, frankly, is fair given his performance the last two years.

        2. I actually like the idea, at least initially, of flipping Kingery and JPC in the order based on the handedness of the starting pitcher.

  8. You wouldn’t have Santana batting 3rd in that lineup, KuKo? Then Kingery at 5? And, if Quinn is healthy, there is enough to go get a TOR SP with Doobie and Cesar headlining the package.

    1. @matt13 – the Quinn-JPC-Kingery that i envision is probably 2-3 years down the road so Santana is probably batting in the 6th if he is still with the Phils. Unless Cesar and/or Doobie is/are traded this season, Kingery will probably hit in the bottom of the order close to JPC. Quinn might find himself in the bottom of the order unless they (Quinn, JPC, Kingery) starts hitting in the MLB level.

  9. When I look at the number of starters on the Phillies roster right now, and know that they will add another, my head wants to explode. Lehigh, Reading, and Clearwater may all have to have 6 man rotations. I’m starting to think that it might not be a bad idea to package a few pitching prospects to get a Stroman, or Archer. Maybe Williams/Altherr, Lively/Pivetta, and Kilome/Medina, gets the talks started.

  10. I have DeLoSantos (apologize for the spelling) next. We have a really good group of pitchers coming but we need a few of them to step up even more.
    We really have a very strong 11-20. Every guy has a chance to be a major leaguer as a serious contributor. They won’t all make it but they all have a chance. Several will be in the top 10 a year from now on merit.

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