Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Poll #13 – Rafael Marchan

Rafael Marchan was your selection as the #13 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Marchan received 41 of the 187 votes cast (21.93%).  Ranger Suarez received 37 votes (19.79%), Dylan Cozens received 15 votes (8.02%), and Austin Listi, Kevin Gowdy, and Simon Muzziotti received 13 votes each (6.95%).  Twenty-one  guys shared the remaining 55 votes.

The Phillies signed Rafel Marchan as an international free agent out of Venezuela on July 3, 2015.  He signed a future services contract and didn’t begin his professional career until the 2016 season in the Dominican Summer League.

Marchan impressed in the DSL in 2016 with a .333/.380/.386/.766 slash.  In a run happy league, he threw out 16 of 40 base stealers (40%).

Marchan played in the GCL in 2017 and slipped to a .238.,290/.298/.588 slash.  He threw out 16 of 37 base stealers (43.2%).  I recall that he started the season opener at the Yankees in Tampa.  He was spiked on the wrist applying a tag at the plate after retrieving a wild pitch.  He was taken to the hospital by a trainer and missed a couple weeks.

Marchan’s bat returned to his DSL form in 2018 with Williamsport.  He posted a better slash of .301/.343/.362/.705 and threw out 20 of 68 base stealers (29.4%).

Marchan doesn’t have much power as we can see by his .359 career SLG.  And, his 31 walks in 495 plate appearances give him a modest .347 career OBP and 6.3 BB%.  But, he makes contact and has just 40 career strike outs (8.1%).

Lakewood should be his 2019 assignment with an outside shot at Clearwater..

The poll for the next prospect will be posted in a separate thread.

Here are the complete results for this poll.

4 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Poll #13 – Rafael Marchan

  1. Tough call for me between Gowdy, Listi or Muzziotti. I went Gowdy since he projects as at least a #2 SP.

  2. I voted Suarez here. He’s a left-handed pitcher with pretty good stuff. He had some rough moments last year, for sure, but lots of rookie pitchers do.

    1. Suarez, Cozens and Listi are my next three. To be honest, I had all three of them ahead of Marchan. He’s a teenager, and not in full-season ball yet.

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