Continuing with the results from “Best” polls. Today, the remaining position players, catchers and outfielders.
Catcher – The Phuture Phillies’ selection for best catcher is Deivi Grullon. Logan O’Hoppe finished second. Rodolfo Duran edged Rafael Marchan by one vote for third.
Deivi Grullon posted a .273/.310/.515/.825 slash, each component of which was a career high for Grullon. The catcher may have revived his prospect status which had been spiraling downward since he reached his high point as the #11 prospect in the 2015 Phuture Phillies Poll. He dropped to #24 in 2016, and out of our top thirty in 2017. The 2017 Rule 5 Draft was also the first time Grullon was eligible. He went unprotected and unselected. This year might be different. Grullon’s improved slash, 21 home runs, strong arm, and perceived solid defensive peripherals could force the Phillies to place him on the 40-man roster or risk losing him in his year’s Rule 5 Draft.
O’Hoppe was drafted in the 23rd round in 2018. He came to Clearwater with a reputation as a defensive catcher and proceeded to hit the cover off the ball. He slashed .367/.411/.532/.943 for the GCL Phillies West. Duran hit 18 HR in Lakewood. He had 3 total HR in his 3 previous season.
Center Field – Your selection for best center fielder was Adam Haseley. Mickey Moniak edged Roman Quinn for second.
Haseley posted a nice line in 79 games at Clearwater – .300/.343/.415/.758 with 5 HR and a low 15.4% K%. His low BB% 5.4% was a concern for some. Haseley was promoted to Reading and in 39 games produced a slash of .316/.361/.433/.795 with 6 HR, a 12.7 K%, and a much improved 10.7 BB%.
Moniak started slow but finished with a .270/.304/.383/.687, 5 HR, and 55 RBI. Roman Quinn started out well in Lehigh Valley, but suffered a finger sprain that delayed his call up to the majors. Now that he’s made it, hopefully he doesn’t spend another day in the minors.
Corner Outfield – Your picks for best corner outfielders were Jose Pujols, Adam Haseley, Jhailyn Ortiz, Ben Pelletier, Austin Listi, and Matt Vierling.
Jose Pujols is another player who may have helped his status after being exposed to the 2017 Rule 5 Draft. After a terrible 2017 season in Clearwater, Pujols repeated the assignment in 2018. He rebounded with a .301/.364/.523/.887 slash and 18 HR. He walks at about an 8.5% clip but still has a strike out rate north of 30%. He was promoted to Reading for the final month of the season and maintained a respectable .270/.365/.427/.792 with 4 HR and a 13.3 BB/9. His K-rate stayed around the same in the small sample of 104 plate appearances.
Ortiz had an off year. He started slowly and suffered an injury that put him on the DL until May 21st. His best month was the 12 games he played in May. For the season, he posted a .225/.297/.375/.673 with a 32.5% K-rate. Ben Pelletier put up a nice slash in Williamsport (.277/.333/.480/.814) with 9 HR and 45 RBI, the second highest total at Williamsport in the past 10 years (Chris Serritella, 47 in 2012). Vierling was drafted fifth in 2018. He blasted through Williamsport and was promoted to Lakewood where he posted a .293/.342/.473/.814 with 6 HR. Listi excelled at two levels and was selected as the recipient for the Paul Owens Award for the Phillies exceptional position player in the system.
|Deivi Grullon (REA)||109||26.33%|
|Logan O’Hoppe (GCW)||68||16.43%|
|Rodolfo Duran (LAK)||56||13.53%|
|Rafael Marchan (WPT)||55||13.29%|
|Edgar Cabral (CLR)||26||6.28%|
|Austin Bossart (REA)||24||5.80%|
|Henri Lartigue (CLR)||16||3.86%|
|Abrahan Gutierrez (GCW)||16||3.86%|
|Colby Fitch (LAK)||8||1.93%|
|Logan Moore (LHV)||7||1.69%|
|Nick Rickles (LHV)||5||1.21%|
|Juan Aparicio (GCE)||5||1.21%|
|Gregori Rivero (LAK)||4||0.97%|
|Jack Conley (GCE)||4||0.97%|
|Lenin Rodriguez (WPT)||3||0.72%|
|Matt McBride (LHV)||2||0.48%|
|Jesse Wilkening (WPT, GCE)||2||0.48%|
|Mitchell Edwards (GCE)||2||0.48%|
|Carlos Oropeza (GCE)||1||0.24%|
|Nick Matera (GCW)||1||0.24%|
|Adam Haseley (REA, CLR)||142||33.57%|
|Mickey Moniak (CLR)||96||22.70%|
|Roman Quinn (LHV)||91||21.51%|
|Matt Vierling (LAK, WPT)||38||8.98%|
|Simon Muzziotti (LAK)||29||6.86%|
|Jiandido Tromp (LHV)||6||1.42%|
|Kevin Markham (CLR, LAK)||6||1.42%|
|Aaron Altherr (LHV)||5||1.18%|
|Jan Hernandez (REA)||4||0.95%|
|James Smith (GCE)||2||0.47%|
|Collin Cowgill (LHV)||1||0.24%|
|Keudy Bocio (WPT)||1||0.24%|
|Ben Aklinski (WPT, GCE)||1||0.24%|
|Jose Rivera (GCE)||1||0.24%|
|Jose Pujols (REA, CLR)||78||18.01%|
|Adam Haseley (REA)||74||17.09%|
|Jhailyn Ortiz (LAK)||58||13.39%|
|Ben Pelletier (WPT)||39||9.01%|
|Austin Listi (REA)||35||8.08%|
|Matt Vierling (LAK, WPT)||30||6.93%|
|Cornelius Randolph (REA)||18||4.16%|
|Mickey Moniak (CLR)||18||4.16%|
|Dylan Cozens (LHV)||15||3.46%|
|Carlos De La Cruz (GCE)||12||2.77%|
|Joey Meneses (LHV)||10||2.31%|
|Jiandido Tromp (LHV, REA)||9||2.08%|
|Jan Hernandez (REA)||7||1.62%|
|Grenny Cumana (CLR)||4||0.92%|
|Josh Stephen (LAK)||4||0.92%|
|Damek Tomscha (LHV)||3||0.69%|
|Jake Scheiner (LAK)||3||0.69%|
|Danny Mayer (CLR, LAK)||3||0.69%|
|Danny Ortiz (LHV)||2||0.46%|
|Ryan Goins (LHV)||2||0.46%|
|Luke Williams (CLR)||2||0.46%|
|Corbin Williams (GCW)||2||0.46%|
|Aaron Altherr (LHV)||1||0.23%|
|Kevin Markham (CLR, LAK)||1||0.23%|
|Ben Aklinski (WPT, GCE)||1||0.23%|
|Luis Rojas (GCW)||1||0.23%|
|Yerwin Trejo (GCW)||1||0.23%|