Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #29 Prospect

J.D. Hammer was your selection as the #28 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Hammer received 48 of the 219 votes cast (22%). Jose Taveras finished second with 30 votes (14%), McKenzie Mills finished third with 25 votes (11%), Jhordany Mezquita fourth (21, 10%), Victor Arano fifth (17, 8%), and Kevin Gowdy sixth(13, 6%).   Sixteen others received the other 65 votes.

J.D. Hammer was acquired by the Phillies from the Colorado Rockies along with RHP Alejandro Requena and SS Jose Gomez in last season’s Pat Neshek trade.

Hammer is a right-handed relief specialist.  I saw him throw his fastball 94-96 mph at Clearwater, touching 97 mph.

In 2016, Hammer walked 11 (2.3 BB/9) and struck out 52 (10.7 K/9) in 43.2 innings.

Across 2 levels and with 3 teams in 2017, Hammer saved 13 games in 14 opportunities.  In 48 appearances and 57.2 innings, he compiled a 1.87 ERA and a 6-2 record.  He walked 16 (2.5 BB/9) and struck out 85 (13.3 K/9).  He was excellent in Clearwater where he won his two decisions, posted a 0.57 ERA, allowed one ER in 15.2 innings, walked 2 (1.1 BB/9), struck out 20 (11.5 K/9), and had a 0.638 WHIP.

Hammer is in Clearwater already, throwing at the Complex.

Next up is your selection for the #29 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. Cole Irvin
  28. J.D. Hammer
  29. ?
  30. ?



7 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #29 Prospect

  1. Fly Eagles Fly!!!! Mills is my guy here. Hammer will likely start his season in Reading. I could even see a double bump to LHV but that will probably come after a month or so. They want him and will probably need him to be ready for Philly in the very near future. Arano will already be in Philly, when Hammer gets there.

  2. Went with Abrahan Gutierrez.
    Based on reports and the video clips I have seen, the kid could be a Gary Sanchez type catcher with the bat and possibly better behind the plate defensively.
    Only one ceiling flaw…does not motor well at all …maybe slowest player in baseball.
    Home to first at 4.7/4.9 is not rocket speed.
    But if he can hit with power and average does not matter.

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