Simon Muzziotti was your selection as the #17 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. It was another close race. But, the top 3 vote recipients accounted for only half of the votes cast.
Muzziotti received 33 of the 178 votes cast (18.54%). Dylan Cozens received 30 votes (16.85%). Paul Owens Award winner David Parkinson received 26 votes (14.61%). No one else reached double digits. Twenty-four guys shared the other 89 votes.
Muzziotti was signed as an international free agent by the Boston Red Sox on July 2, 2015. It was a future services contract and Muzziotti wasn’t placed on a roster that year. His contract was voided by Major League Baseball due to international signing irregularities by the cheatin’ Red Sox, and he elected free agency on July 1, 2016. The Phillies signed him July 5, 2016.
In 2016, Muzziotti tore it up in 17 games with the Red Sox DSL team .317/.354/.383/.737with 4 walks and 6 strike outs in 65 plate appearances. After signing with Philadelphia, Muzziotti regressed to .231/.286/.273/.558 in 37 games, 156 plate appearances. He walked 11 times and struck out 10 times. He was a combined 8 for 12 stealing bases.
Muzziotti came stateside in 2017 and attended extended spring training. While waiting for the GCL season to start, he was pressed into service as a call up to the Threshers. He held his own in the two games he started. He went 2-7 with a stolen base and scored a run in each game.
Muzziotti raced out to a quick start in the GCL season, maintaining a .299 average as late as July 27th. He tapered off over the next two weeks to a .286 average. He was side lined with an injury on August 10th and missed the next three weeks. He returned to play in the final games of the regular season, going 0 for 8 in two games. He went 0-4 in the playoff game. He finished the season with a .269/.305/.388/.693 slash in 141 plate appearances with 7 walks, 8 strike outs, and 9 steals in 12 attempts.
Two weeks into Muzziotti’s 2018 season with Lakewood, he went on the DL with a finger injury. He had been in the midst of an 8-game hitting streak where he went 13 for 34 (.382). He missed about 6 weeks of the season. He returned on June 28th. He finished the season with a slash of .263/.299/.331/.630 in 299 plate appearances. He hit his first, and only, professional HR in 2018. He stole 19 bases in 23 attempts.
Looks like Muzziotti will start the 2019 season in Clearwater.
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