Austin Listi was your selection as the #15 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. It was a very close race with just 4 votes separating the top 4 vote recipients.
Listi received 27 of the 172 votes cast (15.70%). Simon Muzziotti received 26 votes (15.12%), Kevin Gowdy received 24 votes (13.95%), and Dylan Cozens received 23 votes. David Parkinson also reached double digits with 13 votes (7.56%). Twenty-one guys shared the remaining 59 votes.
Austin Listi was selected by the the Phillies in the 17th round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Dallas Baptist University. He signed with the Phillies on June 20, 2017 and was assigned to Low-A ball.
Listi split time between Williamsport and Lakewood in 2017. His combined production for the year was a .262/.315/.451/.766 slash. He played in 53 games, had 214 plate appearances, hit 12 doubles, 7 HR, had 28 RBI, drew 12 walks, and struck out 46 times. He was 3 for 3 in steal attempts.
Listi started 2018 with Clearwater, and crushed it. He posted a .344/.453/.560/1.013 slash. In 254 plate appearances, he stroked 16 doubles, 9 HR, 45 RBI, drew 34 walks, and struck out 42 times. He was promoted to Reading and continued to hit well. In 253 plate appearances, he posted a .281/.372/.447/.819 slash with 9 doubles, 9 HR, 28 walks, and 52 strike outs.
Listi was sent to the Arizona Fall League and 84 plate appearances posted a slash of .250/.321/.303/.624 with 3 XBH, 7 RBI, 8 walks, and 8 strike outs.
Listi was an All Star representative in the Florida State League and the Arizona Fall League. In both games he played well enough to be the MVP. But, in the FSL game, the award went to a player from the host team who went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Listi went 2-4 with 3 RBI. In the AFL, Listi put his team ahead with a 3-run HR in the top of the eighth only to see the award slip away when the home team rallied in the bottom of the ninth.
Listi left school and baseball after his sophomore season in 2014 to join the military. He entered Seal training in preparation for joining the Navy. He passed the physical portion of the course, but was derailed when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure. Since he hadn’t enlisted, he opted to return to school and baseball in 2016. He went on to become DBU’s career home run leader.
At the end of the 2018 season, Listi was the recipient of the Phillies’ Paul Owens Award as the organization’s top position player.
Listi was invited to major league spring training next month. He will likely begin the season with Lehigh Valley.
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