Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #27 Prospect

Drew Anderson was your selection as the #26 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Anderson received 64 of the 211 votes cast (30%).  J.D. Hammer finished second with (22 votes, 10%), Cole Irvin finished third with 21 votes (10%), Jose Taveras fourth (17, 8%), and Jhordany Mezquita, McKenzie Mills, and Victor Arano tied for fifth (10 each, 5%).   Seventeen others received the other 57 votes.

Drew Anderson was drafted by the Phillies in the 21st round of the 2012 Amateur Draft out of Galena High School in Reno Nevada.

Anderson put up so-so numbers in the GCL in 2012 as he made the adjustment from high school to professional baseball.

In 2013, Anderson pitched for Williamsport.  He put up some remarkable numbers – 6-3 record in 15 starts, 2.00 ERA, 1.022 WHIP, 20 BB (2.4 BB/9) and 54 K (6.4 K/9) in 76.1 innings.

In 2014 with Lakewood, Anderson made his first trip to the Disabled List in June.  After an attempted rehab with the GCL Phillies in July, he was shutdown after his second appearance.

Anderson had Tommy John surgery and missed the 2015 season.

Anderson returned to Lakewood in late May 2016 and was promoted to Clearwater after 7 starts.  He made 8 starts with the Threshers.  He had posted a combined 3-4 record with a 2.70 ERA,  1.100 WHIP, 22 BB (2.8 BB/9) and 78 K (10.0 K/9) in 70 innings.  Anderson put up better numbers with the higher level Threshers.

In 2015, Anderson started the season with Reading.  He posted a 9-4 record with a 3.59 ERA, 1.124 WHIP, 40 BB (3.3 BB/9), and 86 K (7.2 K/9) in 107.2 innings.  He was called up to the Phillies on two separate occasions and made two forgettable appearances out of the bull pen.  He finished the season with a successful no-decision in Lehigh Valley.

This off season, Anderson was added to the 40-man roster.  He will have an opportunity to make the Phillies rotation.  Spring training will determine whether he travels north to Philadelphia or to Allentown.

Next up is your selection for the #27 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. Kyle Young
  23. Francisco Morales
  24. Daniel Brito
  25. Spencer Howard
  26. Drew Anderson
  27. ?

Position players batted outdoors today – Roman Quinn, Mitch Walding, Pedro Florimon, Logan Moore, Dylan Cozens, Carlos De La Cruz, and new face Edgar Cabral.  Moore took some ground balls at third base.  It looked like Mark Leiter was long-tossing in the outfield. And, Jake Thompson was throwing again from a mound.  Back-to-back days.  Only 30 pitches today, but he threw 50 yesterday and 50 last Friday, 60-100% more than the other pitchers.  Bullpen in his immediate future?  More players are expected to arrive this week.

16 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #27 Prospect

  1. Irvin for me. Six comments and five different legitimate prospects. That’s how deep this system is.

  2. Another vote for Arano. Hard to believe that a guy who could be on the 25 man roster on opening day is getting no respect.

    1. There’s a 99% probability that he will not make the Top 30 even Top 40 so nobody seems to bother.

      1. Yeah, he would only make it if he went the Luke Leftwich route, though I do think he’s somebody worth keeping an eye on.

      2. Yeah, but I’ll tell you, he really is a much better prospect than people think. He’s one of these guys who might come from out of nowhere and become a contributor. Regardless of where he is ranked, he’s a guy to keep your eye on.

        1. When Rafael Chavez and Aaron Fultz decided to make him a starter at the end of May last year….he just took off.
          He could be a real find this year at Reading and/or LHV….6’6″ durable and strong, with good velo and his slider came along thru the summer… just refine his change-up and CB and he may really blossom..

          1. Yes, weird stuff like that happens with pitchers. Vaunted prospects like Mark Appel crumple and go nowhere and out-of-the-blue, unheralded arms like Jacob deGrom go on to be among the best players in baseball.

            I’m not saying we should put Waguespack in deGrom’s category, but keep an eye on him, he could end up being quite good and I’m sure as hell not throwing him into a trade for no good reason.

  3. Yes, Anderson ! thank you, big arm – been up to 97, change up is really improving. No innings limit this season because of his TJ surgery in 2015. Look for a big year in AAA as a starter .

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