Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #17 Prospect

Ranger Suarez was your selection as the #16 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Suarez received 64 of 218 votes (29%).  Seranthony Dominguez finished second (36, 17%), Darick Hall finished third (23, 11%), Kyle Young finished fourth (20, 9%), and Arquimedes Gamboa finished fifth (14, 6%). Twenty players split the remaining 61 votes. 

Ranger Suarez was signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela by the Phillies on April 1, 2012.

MLB provided the following scouting report –

Signed back in 2012 as a soft-tossing lefty, Suarez took a while to develop, spending three seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League before making his United States debut in 2015. He’s jumped more firmly on the radar in 2017, making his full-season debut and earning a promotion up a level in the process.

Suarez has always had an above-average feel for pitching. His leap forward in 2017 comes courtesy of an uptick of stuff. He will now throw his fastball in the 90-94 mph range. He backs it up with one of the best changeups in the system, thrown 83-85 mph, and a solid 82-84 mph slider. He commands all three pitches well.

With the improved stuff, Suarez has become a legitimate starting pitching prospect. The Phillies have a number of intriguing lefties in the system and an argument could be made that Suarez is close to being at the top of that list.

His scouting grades are – Fastball: 50, Slider: 50, Changeup: 60, Control: 55, Overall: 45

After two years stateside, Suarez’ strike outs took a big spike upward in 2017 as he pitched his first season in full season ball.
  • 2015: GCL  – 27.2 IP,  4, BB, 1.3 BB/9, 20 K, 6.5 K/9
  • 2016: WPT – 73.2 IP, 24 BB, 2.9 BB/9, 53 K, 6.5 K/9
  • 2017: LAK  – 85.0 IP, 24 BB, 2.5 BB/9, 90 K, 9.5 K/9
  • 2017: CLW – 37.2 IP, 11 BB, 2.6 BB/9, 38 K, 9.1 K/9

Suarez went 2-4 in 8 starts with a 3.82 ERA in Clearwater.  He could start the 2018 season in Reading if the Phillies want to challenge the 22-year old.

Next up is your selection for the #17 prospect in the organization.  Francisco Morales will be the last player added to the poll.  In an earlier article, I had indicated that he would be in the poll as part of MLB’s top 30.  By the time I started creating the polls, he must have dropped out of the top 30 when the Phillies acquired Enyel De Los Santos.  I didn’t catch that the way I caught J.D. Hammer dropping out when the Phillies signed Abrahan Gutierrez.

Phantasy Camp starts Wednesday.  These polls will likely post irregularly for the remainder of the week.  I intend to take advantage of everything the experience offers.  I hear that some of the Legends spend late nights at the hotel bar.  The itinerary indicates that Thursday and Saturday have the possibility of being late nights.  I want to keep to the current poll schedule, but I expect there will be some disruption.  Sorry.


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
  11. Roman Quinn
  12. Enyel De Los Santos
  13. Cornelius Randolph
  14. Tom Eshelman
  15. Dylan Cozens
  16. Ranger Suarez


21 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #17 Prospect

  1. I have Morales then Seranthony here. I’d trade Eshelman, Cozens, or Suarez for either of them at this point.

  2. I saw the votes in the last poll and I was surprised that Falter had 6 votes and Fanti had 2. If you match these guys up, Fanti is a head taller… even though he’s 2 inches shorter. They are both lefties and they both played in LKW for their 20 yo 2017 season. Fanti had a 2.54 ERA and a .956 WHIP. Falter had a 3.23 ERA and a 1.224 WHIP. Fanti misses a lot of bats with 6.5 H/9; whereas Falter had a 9.2. Falter had a 8.3 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9. Fanti 9 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9. They both are guys to be excited about and 6 votes versus 2 is not a statement by any means, but Fanti looks like the better prospect right now. I have Fanti #20 on my list and Kyle Young as #23. Falter is in my last 5 of my top 30.

    Dominguez is my #24 and it’s purely because they are moving him into a reliever role. If he was still a starter, he’d be a lot higher. If he becomes a top of the line closer then I’m clearly wrong here but he has to show-me first.

    1. Falter has that additional projection that makes you think he could add velocity and improve his stuff. Fanti lacks that due to his size, even though his pitchability is more advanced at this stage.

    2. I voted for Gamboa.

      But, moving on to other stuff, it says a lot about your system when you get the late teens and people are just first mentioning a prospect like Nick Fanti, a guy who almost pitched two no hitters in a year. If you had to make a short list of guys in our system who could end up being much better than their current projections, I think Fanti would have to be at or near the top of the list.

      If he were a righty, given his limited velocity I wouldn’t take him all that seriously, but he’s a lefty. I also went back and reviewed his Lakewood stats last year and they were truly incredible as you noted and you have to keep in mind that he skipped a level. I’m very curious to see if he can keep this up through AA – that will be the big test, but, boy, this guy just seems to know how to pitch and there’s a little Whitey Ford in him.

      Very, very intriguing prospect.

      1. FWIW…and fun to project, look at comps of college guy Arkansas Dallas Keuchel at 21 in low A and HSer Fanti age 20 in low A
        Interestedly they both have similar velos and effective breaking balls to go with exceptional command.
        Now…not saying Fanti will be the next Keuchel, but it is nice to think about.

  3. Suarez is a solid pick here.

    I’m voting Gamboa until he’s selected, for reasons outlined in previous threads. He’s young and athletic and a premium position and has improved across every level.

    After Gamboa, I might have gone Kyle Young, but the Morales love is causing me to rethink this. In many ways, he’s the pitching version of Gamboa: highly regarded by scouts as 16-year-olds, signed to nearly $1M bonuses, dripping with potential but light years away. Either way, the two pitchers would come next after Arquimedes.

    1. Gamboa for me too. Great defensive tools and he’s improving with the bat; it seems like he’s got an idea of how to have good ABs, judging by his walks and strikeouts.

  4. Have fun Jim, yes the Marriott bar is kept busy by those guys, especially Larry Anderson and Ricky Bo. Mickey is the commissioner now and has a great time with it. Enjoy yourself, I wish I was there again.

  5. I’m still going with GAMBOA again here at #17. Most young hitters would slow down in first full season but in Aug/Sep, Arqui turned it up! .326/.371/.531, 11 xbh, 4 hr, 15 rbi, 13 r, 4 sb!

    In our individual “Top Prospects” Poll that we submitted to Jim in September, I had Gamboa, Brito, S.Dominguez, D.Anderson all already taken through pick 16. And I had F.Morales at #17. (I had Eshelman, Cozens, Hall later, …and of course we didn’t have De Los Santos yet.)

  6. This was my Quinn place, but since he has already been picked I will go with Gamboa. I had him in the top ten and it looks like he is picking up some adherents.

  7. Same names – I have Dominguez here followed in order by Gamboa, Brito, Morales, and Howard. These are still all legit prospects

  8. Going on a limb and putting Elneiry Garcia here. Also projecting him as a bounce-back prospect for this upcoming season.

    1. That would be a very welcome bounce back. He’s off my list unless he can show that he was more than the stuff that got him suspended.

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