Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Poll #15 – Austin Listi

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.

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

Here are the complete results for this poll.

23 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Poll #15 – Austin Listi

  1. My opinion and dont care what anyone thinks of it. (I didn’t vote for listi here) if any man is hard enough to enter buds (seal training) hes disciplined enough to work hard in his craft (now baseball). If he were physically able and mentally tough enough to be a seal than I believe this kid will do everything he can to succeed.

    I knew and worked with a few ex seals in my career

  2. Don’t get me wrong I love Muzziotti but voting for him right here would be hard for me. He’s a great defensive OF’er not just a good one. 7 assists to 1 E in 67 games last year and almost all of them in CF. The bat is thin at this slot. In 3 seasons of pro ball, he’s hit .256/.298/.326. He has 34 steals and 11 CS in those 3 years. His OBP, excluding 17 games with the DSL Red Sox, has been below .300. He’s got speed and defensive abilities could be the best in the Phillies organization but he needs to get on base a lot more. He just turned 20 in late December so if he can improve his OBP as he moves up, he’ll be a good player. If he hovers around .300 OBP, he’s going to find it a tough slog.

    Gowdy, after a 2 year injury layoff, is very hard to vote for here. I need him to show me…… something first. Cozens has dropped off my top 30. I hope he proves me wrong. I really do.

    By the way, I voted for Parkinson here. He’s shown a lot and he might be a guy that gets to AA and folds but he’s passed the Missouri test for me.

    1. Couldn’t agree more on Gowdy and Parkinson. Maybe I can agree more on Gowdy, because I went as far as dropping him from the top 30. This organization has too much talent to put a guy like Gowdy in the top 30 after a couple years off from baseball, no real contribution outside of college, and needing to show that he is (still?) a prospect.

  3. Listi has a chance to be a very good hitting MLB player if given the opportunity.
    Maybe in the mold of a Justin Turner type as a late bloomer.
    I can see him having success in the AL as a DH at some point.

    Muzziotti next for me, then Darick Hall and then Vierling.

    1. I mean, “late bloomer” because of his age, but he has the exact PA aaa Haseley—blooming at the same rate just started later. That’s why I wasn’t considering the age as much. Now, the defensive part? Yeah that might be a problem. I’m hoping not.

  4. I am still on Parkinson around here. I had him switched with Listi. I then like Domenic Pipkin. I think he is another good one of the newer prospects.

  5. I’m stubbornly sticking with Cozens. I hope that Gowdy has a glorious career for the Phillies, but how can anybody vote for someone who has shown us nothing in his career over Cozens.

    1. Stick to your guns Wawa….here is the top 11 from 5 years ago.
      DyCoz still hanging in.

      2014 Reader Top 30:

      1.Maikel Franco
      Jesse Biddle
      J.P. Crawford
      Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
      Carlos Tocci
      Roman Quinn
      Ethan Martin
      Aaron Altherr
      Kelly Dugan
      Cesar Hernandez
      11.Dylan Cozens

      1. I wasn’t a big Cozens guy in earlier years for all of the reasons we know, but I’ve been with him since Number 11 of this year’s poll. I think he might be maturing, learning that his athleticism and great strength alone aren’t enough and that, motivated by wanting to join his former buds from Reading and Lehigh Valley, he’s working hard on being patient and selective and lowering his K rate.

        If he can do that, he’s a monster prospect. If he can’t, then he is what he is. Either way, he belongs in the mid-30s of the prospect list.

        I like Listi’s story and saw him play for the Threshers last year. He was Number 14 on my list (or is it Listi?) but I couldn’t vote for him having to keep giving Dylan his due.

        1. Frank…..you may recall, Cozens did actually change his approach at the request of the Phillies when he played in Clearwater a few years back….his HR numbers and ISO dipped….but also did his K rate to about 20%
          Then when he went to Reading he exploded with Hoskins up there.
          So he knows he can do it if he puts his mind to it.

          1. Romus,

            I do remember. We’ll see if he can apply those lessons at the higher levels, but I’m leaning towards he can. Again, just a hunch.

  6. Tough to rank remaining guys. The higher level guys have reduced success and lower level guys either require rose colored projection or were too old to know if they will succeed at higher levels.
    For me there is little objection I have to the remaining rankings. I tend to prefer higher level prospects but loud tools have more trade value.
    Cozens has load tool, proven at high level but also huge red flag which I see as less risk than some really young guys.
    I would not be surprised if a couple young guys turn out well, but prospect math says many will fade quickly.

    1. There’s no doubt that this is a make or break year for Cozens (as well as Franco), no matter which team they are playing with. The decision to keep, or move on was probably made right after the season was over. My personal hope is that the Phillies keep both of them for another year.

  7. I could be unduly influenced by the Fangraphs list and the trajectory of Seranthony last year, but I think I’d take my chances on Mauricio Llovera over everyone left on this list.

  8. I really think people should start showing some “love” for Ben Pelletier, at least check out his stats at Williamsport last year. An .814 OPS in what I believe is a very large ballpark, 9 HR in 256 ABs.

    1. gkit, And he did it as a 19-year-old for most of the season. Pelletier is 31 on my list, but I can see him moving up fast.

  9. Listi’s performance last season should have given him a much higher ranking. Imagine an outfield with Cozens and Listi playing up to their potential. Throw in Trout. – well one can dream.

  10. Haven’t seen one mention of Pelletier yet. I would have voted him for last few spots if not out of pocket. I’ve been a fan for couple years.
    Gowdy might fly past him but Kevin has too many unknowns at the moment.
    So vote is for Pelletier!

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