Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #19 Prospect

Nick Fanti was your selection as the #18 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.  He won a runoff after he and  Arquimedes Gamboa were tied in the original poll for #18.  Fanti received 169 of 297 votes (57%) in the runoff.

The results of the original poll for #18 had Gamboa and Fanti tied for first with each player receiving 51 of the 257 votes cast (20%), Darick Hall finished third with 41 votes (16%), fourth went to Kyle Young (27, 11%), fifth to Francisco Morales (18, 7%), sixth to Daniel Brito (11, 4%), and seventh to Jose Taveras (10, 4%).

Nick Fanti was drafted by the Phillies in the 31st round of the 2015 Amateur Draft out of Hauppage High School (NY).  The 6’2, 185 lb. left-handed pitcher signed with the Phillies on July 7, 2015 and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies.  In his professional debut on July 16th, Fanti picked up a win in one inning of relief.  He allowed an infield hit and struck out the side, including the Astros’ first round selection Kyle Tucker.

Fanti threw 17.2 GCL innings in 2015, mostly in relief.  He posted a 1-1 record, 2.55 ERA, walked 6 (3.1 BB/9), and struck out 20 (10.2 K/9).

In 2016, Fanti returned to the GCL and pitched 51.2 innings in 9 starts and 2 relief appearances.  He posted a league leading 7-0 record and a second best 1.74 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.  Fanti walked 9 (1.6 BB/9) and struck out 65 (11.3 K/9).He was named to the GCL End-of-Season All Star Team as the league’s best left-handed pitcher.

Fanti picked up a win against the Cardinals in the playoffs.  He entered as a reliever after Kevin Gowdy threw 2 innings as a starter (his second and third innings after being shelved most of the summer).  Fanti pitched into the eighth, allowing 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 BB and 6 K.

Fanti made 21 starts with Lakewood in 2017 and pitched 120.1 innings.  He posted a 9-2 record and 2.54 ERA.  He walked 28 (2.1 BB/9) and struck out 121 (9.0 K/9).

Fanti has a history of low-hit outings.  He had thrown back-to-back no-hitters for his high school team in his senior year.  In 2016, his second GCL season, he threw a four-inning one hitter and a five-inning no hitter.  In 2017 with Lakewood, Fanti threw a four-inning one hitter, 8.2 innings of a combined no hitter, a 12-strike out complete game no hitter, and finished the season with a six-inning one hitter.

Fanti’s fastball has reached 90 and touched 91 during his career, but mostly tops out at 89. He uses this fastball to set up his off speed stuff.  His favorite pitch is his curve ball.

Fanti’s detractors point to his fastball velocity and question his ability to be successful at the upper levels of the organization.  The 21-year old Fanti would be entering his junior year in college and will likely be in the Clearwater rotation, facing much better batters than his former counterparts who matriculated after high school and would be entering the 2018 draft.

Next up is your selection for the #19 prospect in the organization.

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
  17. Seranthony Dominguez
  18. Nick Fanti
  19. ?


12 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #19 Prospect

  1. I picked Morales but think Gamboa deserves the slot after the runoff vote. On my poll, #13 through #17 haven’t been picked yet. I have Morales, Hall, Gamboa, Brito and Taveras, in that order. Gamboa is my #14 and he’s still there at #19 on the group consensus poll.

  2. I had Gamboa at #8 because I think he is ready for a breakout season. I voted for him again because he really needs some love in this poll.

  3. I’m confused. Was this a deliberate change in procedure. Prior years when we had a tie, the re-vote made the guy with the most votes position ‘n’ with the loser getting position ‘n+1’. I revoted Gamboa.

    1. There are no written procedures for me to change or rules for me to break. Most recently, we had a runoff in 2016 for #12 between Scott Kingery and Ricardo Pinto. Kingery won and Pinto remained in the poll for the next poll which he did win. I do not think it appropriate to hand the next position to the loser of a runoff. I do not presume that a player who received 20% of the popular vote is going to win by default.

  4. Fanti surprised me with his strong season and his ranking here surprised me more. I have Fanti high (he’s my #28) but not this high. I scored Fanti high on his polish but don’t know him down for his FB velocity. While the results are there, the grades of his stuff seems to be average across the board – high 80 FB with cut, ave CB and ave CU. I have Ranger Suarez’s career progression as a baseline for Fanti. So hopefully, we can see some uptick in the velocity and improvement of his stuff.

    Morales (my #15) is the highest ranked prospect in my list so I’ll vote for him. Morales has a similar pitching repertoire as Fanti – FB, CB and CU combo. But Morales’s mid-90s FB and CU are already graded better than Fanti’s. Morales’s main issue right now is the ability to be consistent with his mechanics resulting to spotty command of his pitches (BB/9 = 4.36). I expect Morales to clean up his mechanics as he goes up the ladder – and he is only 18 yo.

  5. I look at it this way: If an opposing team were allowed to pluck a prospect off our remaining list, who would they take? And, consequently, who would be most painful to lose?

    My guess is that Gamboa and Morales would be the ones selected the most, based on pedigree + scouting reports + age + performance at low levels. I’d put Gamboa because he probably has a higher floor and he plays a premium position. Morales would come next.

    1. I have Morales slightly ahead of Gamboa based on ceiling floor potential. Morales with his FB-CB-CU combo at an early age with very good physical projection and smooth mechanics screams an easy TOR. With his physical projection, Morales mid-90s can still go up to high 90s (and possibly hit triple digits) and his CB projects to be close to his FB (so that will be above ave if not plus) — that’s a profile of of high end reliever or a closer. Ceiling/Floor of TOR/Closer > Borderline All Star SS/UTIL player.

    2. I agree with that, but Morales has played so little that I’m reluctant to put him this high. In years past, I refused to rank guys in their first partial season, unless they played a lot and played very well to justify their bonus level. I had to give that up and guess where I should put these guys, because that approach could have me ignoring a handful of guys whom others were ranking and our lists would be apples and oranges. Morales has thrown 41 innings, which at least gives an impression. His walk rate is too high. I’m not sure where to put him. He was in FIL this fall and the Phillies will coach him extensively in ST, so we should get a much better idea of what we have in a year.

  6. Gamboa.
    Again. I think this is 5 or 6 votes in a row.
    Love Morales, had him #17 on my September ranking. But Gamboa was even higher, and I’ve predicted he’ll be top ten after this year.
    Love both of these guys! They are ‘arguably’ both top ten already if you just look at realistic potential.

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