Cornelius Randolph was your selection as the #13 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Randolph received 102 of 270 votes (38%). Tom Eshelman finished second (77, 29%), Dylan Cozens finished third (22, 8%), and Ranger Suarez finished fourth (16, 6%). Nineteen players split the remaining 53 votes.
Cornelius Randolph was the Phillies 1st round pick (10th overall) in the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft from Griffin High School, in Griffin GA. (The last draft under the Amaro regime.)
Randolph played shortstop in high school but began his professional career learning to play the outfield. While playing left field in the GCL, Randolph posted a very respectable .302/.425/.442/.866 in 2015.
I saw a lot of Randolph during his first professional season. He was all business once he entered the on deck circle. He had very good plate discipline. His approach reminded me of J.P. Crawford and Kelly Dugan. He wasn’t afraid to bat from behind in the count while waiting for his pitch. He accepted walks (15.1%) and didn’t strike out too much (15.1%). He took pitches to left and left-center rather than try to pull them to right. Ironically, his only home run in 2015 was crushed to right field.
Randolph struggled at the start of the 2016 season in Lakewood. When he finally seemed to have found a groove, he went down with an injury. He finished with a slash of .274/.355/.357/.712. However his BB and K rates dropped to 9.4% and 20.6%.
Randolph played for the Threshers in 2017. His sweet swing was gone at the behest of the Phillies. He was trying to pull most of his at bats. He did hit a career high 13 home runs (he hit 3 HR total his previous two seasons). He walked a career high 55 times (10.8%). But struck out 125 times (24.5%) and had a career low .250 batting average..
I’m not too worried about his drop in average. It’s just part of his development. I find it interesting that a low-power guy with good plate discipline and on base skills was asked to swing for the fence. Just as power hitting Dylan Cozens was asked to focus on putting the ball in play when he passed through Clearwater (I think he only hit 5 HR while here). But that’s all part of it. #partpart
Anyway, Randolph is sure to start in Reading this season.
Next up is your selection for the #14 prospect in the organization with Bailey Falter, Luke Leftwich, Deivi Grullon, Jiandido Tromp added to the poll.
2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –
- Sixto Sanchez
- Scott Kingery
- J.P. Crawford
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Jorge Alfaro
- Adam Haseley
- Adonis Medina
- Franklyn Kilome
- Mickey Moniak
- JoJo Romero
- Roman Quinn
- Enyel De Los Santos
- Cornelius Randolph