Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #22 Prospect

Luke Leftwich was your selection as the #21 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Leftwich received 52 of the 271 votes cast (19%). Francisco Morales finished second with 50 votes (18%), Kyle Young finished third with 49 votes (18%), Daniel Brito finished fourth with 34 votes (13%), and J.D. Hammer finished fifth with 19 votes (7%).  Fifteen others received the other 67 votes.

Luke Leftwich was drafted by the Phillies in the 7th round of the 2015 Amateur Draft out of Wofford College.

During his first two professional season, Leftwich made 32 starts in 34 appearances across all three A level affiliates.  He pitched well at his first two stops before stumbling a little at Clearwater.

Leftwich repeated Clearwater as a reliever in 2017.  His fastball got a velocity bump with the change from 89-92 mph to 92-96 mph.  He made a rough adjustment to the bullpen, saving 8 games in 14 opportunities and posting a 1-6 record.  But his other peripherals were encouraging – 1.125 WHIP, 0.2 HR/9, 2.4 BB/9, and 11.0 K/9.

I’m sure that this will be an unpopular selection.  I almost turned comments off for this article.  Please keep it civil.  Thank you.

Next up is your selection for the #22 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. Arquimedes Gamboa
  20. Darick Hall
  21. Luke Leftwich
  22. ?

Due to the org meetings, the players performed their drills early this morning.  They were leaving when I arrived at 9:00 AM.  A couple pitchers were doing their running on the outfield warning track.

I spoke with Kevin Gowdy.  He has thrown on 4-5 occasions since the 16th and is having no difficulty.  Note:  he is not throwing off a mound.

Some of the pitchers who threw on Tuesday are scheduled to next throw on Friday, not Thursday.

40 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #22 Prospect

    1. It’s not a head-scratcher at all – it’s obvious ballot stuffing. IIRC, the Leftwich ballot stuffers nearly got their guy voted into a previous position in the Top 30 poll.

      While it’s not a big deal (we shouldn’t take this poll too seriously), it does make the Top 30 poll less fun for the regular visitors of this site. So it’s a kind of a bummer in that respect.

      1. this place cracks me up. How long till someone shouts “LOOK !!! The king is wearing no cloths!!! ” lol I have only been on this site for a year or two, but it is certainly a closed group. It is like if everyone isn’t in lock step OH NOOOO. I see maybe 30-40 people post on here, TOPS, but a couple hundred voters. I have dozens of email accounts, and could have dozens of unknown accounts on here. I am convinced by watching this poll stuff that the Leftwich Family would not be alone in stuffing the box, if they did at all. I have lost faith in the credibility in reports on here because of this. Ridiculous.

        1. Not exactly sure what your point is, but I never stated that the Leftwich family stuffed the ballot box, or suggested how few or how many folks were involved. But clearly the ballot box WAS stuffed – that is blatantly apparent from the sudden, sharp increase in Leftwich votes. Also, FWIW, there usually is decent correlation between the discussion and the vote tallies.

          That said, it’s really not a big deal, so I’m moving on.

  1. Had to be some ballot stuffing. He’s not a bad prospect, but I don’t think our group as a whole would have him in the top 30 so, whatever. Congrats to the Leftwich family I guess.

    1. I picked Howard – he should have been off the board several picks ago. He’s a much better prospect than, for instance, Leftwich and, I believe, better than Hall or Fanti (no disrespect to those guys who are nice prospects).

  2. I mean, Luke Leftwich was a selection, but not the selection of the readers of this site, clearly.

    Brito again.

  3. Just checked out the vote results. 11 of the top 12 were pitchers. Not necessarily surprising, just interesting.

  4. Great to hear Gowdy is making progress!

    I keep going back and forth between Morales and Young. Morales is a bonus baby with size and velocity who performed well as a youngster in GCL. But Young … It’s almost like his size makes us think of him as just a project, even though his peripherals have been very good in both his professional seasons. He had the top xFIP among qualifying pitchers in the NYPL last season, even though he was two years than everyone else in the top ten. And he’s a lefty!

    I think I’ve convinced myself to vote Kyle Young here.

    I like Brito a lot and will vote him after Young and Morales, but the direction his splits went last season concerns me.

  5. Jose Taveras is my pick here. He is just about at his peak, but he is also Major League ready. He will pitch for the Phillies this year. He wins games. I think he deserves this spot.

  6. I still vote for Morales – his mechanics is smooth, thus, the risk of command issue is not that extreme. He can be a premium prospect in the mold (but better because of his mechanics) of Kilome in 2 years time.

    Brito and Howard are next after Morales.

    Leftwich is a decent prospect and can possible have a good MLB career because he knows how to throw strikes and has a swing and miss ability. But the likes of Arano, Edgar Garcia and JD Hammer have better stuff and ability, higher ceiling and better prospects.

  7. Ballot stuffers just take away from what this group is doing. It is not a big deal in the end, but it is a shame that the list gets all banged up by Mrs. Leftwich and Luke’s high school buddies. : ) Congrats Luke, now you have to go out and prove em right!

  8. Congratulations to the Leftwich family! They voted early and often, it seems. I went with Brito and will continue to do so–lots of risk with him, but also a pretty high ceiling. I thought yesterday’s Darick Hall vote was also too high and worried that we had fallen into another Matt Rizzoti trap (the long-time readers know what I am talking about). So I looked up the numbers for the two and felt a little better. Both were 22 at Lakewood, but Hall had way more home runs and his OPS was about .60 higher. Rizzoti struck out less, though. Anyway, it does seem like Hall is a different player than Rizzoti. Hopefully, he can keep it going.

    1. I like to continue to kick and beat this dead horse…..Hall’s official age at LKW was 21….Rizz’s was 22…..7 months older than an equivalent Hall, as for say example, Ruf, he was 4-year college guy, big big difference in level of experience and expectations….another comp I see with Hall is Ryno Howard, same bat side, same physical profile …but it seems people fail to bring that up….though Joe Jordan has mentioned it in the past.

  9. Went with Young again. He has been within a few votes these last few selections. After him I will go with Brito as he seems like a popular choice.

  10. Based on the photos, Luke Leftwich and Darick Hall may be the same person! Which explains the result, because if you were voting for Hall, you would naturally move on to Leftwich.

    1. nope, you just need to open your eyes wide of clean your eye glass/contact lens to see the difference.

      The photos that is hard to differentiate is JoJo Romero and a younger Don Vito Corleone.

  11. I didn’t vote for Luke but this wasn’t an outrageous pick, at least i knew who he was, struck guys out at clearwater, this not as bad as the picks last year. I actually never heard of Morales until recently from the comments here. I was looking at young and mills here. No love for mills yet?

    1. Mills had a significant command issues throughout his career except in 2017 and he didn’t pitch that from the time the Phils acquired him. Is 2017 the “real” McKenzie Mills or not – that’s something we can find out in 2018. His CB projects to be at least above average, but he is already 22 yo and eligible for Rule V this year. There are a lot of pitching prospects that have better projection than Mills – Howard, Seabold, Gowdy, Young and some more youngsters are still in the board.

      A repeat of 2017 performance in 2018 can vault Mils to the 40-man and solidify his prospect status.

    2. Mills is a 22 year old lefty with good size, a fastball in the low 90s and a chance for three average or better pitches. Excellent numbers in the SAL before a brief exposure to the FSL post-trade. I have him coming up on my list soon.

  12. This annoys me because IMO it gives the board a black eye. I enjoy looking back at our board Top 30, and just like last year the 2 guys who were “elected” stuck out like sore thumbs, hell I dont even remember who they were. I really wish his name was pulled and just put the guy who got the most votes legitimately.

  13. I’m voting Brito again, but I suspect this may be the day the Harold Arauz family (or some random jokesters) stuff(s) the ballot box to get their guy on the list.

    1. Unfortunately, ballot-stuffing is a risk that probably isn’t going away.

      Maybe, when an obvious case occurs, the whole board should vote whether to remove the player from the position. Nineteen percent might decide an election at Number 22, but it would take a majority to keep him there, which would be harder for ballot stuffers to manipulate.

      Another thought: add one position to the poll — going to 31, so we still have a true Top 30 — and asterisk the suspicious winner.

      Like Eagleye says above, I don’t remember the two tainted winners from last year, but I do remember one of them got cut from the organization so, obviously, he wasn’t a prospect.

      Final thought: we’ll live with it.

      1. Frank,
        One way to solve the ballot-stuffing issue.
        Have every poster individually email to Jim their top 30…..give Jim a week or two to tabulate…then post and then discussion can ensue once the final results are released on the board.
        They can be released one a day or in small clusters from top to bottom or vice versa.
        Also, I wouldn’t mind Jim posting his own top 30 or 40 or 50.

        1. Romus,

          I’d suggest a two-step process. An initial Top 30 from tabulation of early ballots, then go through the discussion and selection process. I’ve made some changes on my initial Top 30 from what I’ve learned reading posters’ comments.

          I also think Jim’s Top 30 would be interesting.

        2. Romus, this a great idea and a much better way to see a poll that is less influenced by the LEMMING effect. Why does everyone post tomorrows pick? or the next three, if not to influence everyone else. It is like the 8th grade girls clique.

      2. The other was Harold Arauz. This year I decided to do my top 30 and enter them as if I were just publishing them. It is OK, but I have already messed up on two players including yesterday. Oh well, nothing is perfect, but it helps me not to get too upset by the ballot stuffers. This is still fun to do. I don’t take it as competition either.

  14. Jhordany Mezquita, an intriguing LHP, stands out as another of Sal Agostinelli’s discoveries. He went 3-0 in nine starts with a 0.72 ERA after being taken in the eighth round last year. He’s a high-ceiling starter who might be a little ahead of his time. I still like him in the Top 30.

  15. jim,, i have just been skimming all of your reports and articles, so maybe i missed this but, how many players are at the complex already? good to hear about gowdy.

  16. I have a great poll idea! How bout a poll about who we think will actually get a call up to the big league in the next 5 years. That would be fun. or even better, the next 3 years.

  17. Leftwhich here, is no sillier than Nick Fanti in the top 20.

    I wonder what kind of player you could get in trade from another organization, for a package of Fanti and Leftwhich? If someone asked for them, I’m sure the Phillies would say “No, no. Take Fransisco Morales and Daniel Brito instead. SMH.

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