Arquimedes Gamboa has been awarded the spot as your selection for the #22 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Gamboa received 39 of the 165 valid votes cast (10.86%). Darick Hall received 20 votes (5.57%). Logan O’Hoppe received 12 votes (3.34%). Matt Vierling received 11 votes (3.06%). Cornelius Randolph received 10 votes (2.79%). Twenty guys shared the other 73 votes.
The Phillies signed Arquimedes Gamboa to a future services contract as an international free agent out of Venezuela on July 17, 2014. He did not play until he was assigned to the GCL Phillies on June 22, 2015.
Gamboa played in the 2015 GCL as a 17-year-old. In 50 games and 206 plate appearances, he slashed .189/.252/.258/.510 with 15 walks (7.3%) and 50 strike outs (24.3%). He played some second base (.953 Fld%) and shortstop (.963 Fld%).
In 2016, Gamboa played in Williamsport. In 35 games and 147 plate appearances, he slashed .200/.254/.292/.546 with 9 walks (6.1%) and 28 strike outs (19.1%). He played exclusively at shortstop (.904 Fld%). He missed the last month of the season, not playing after August 1st.
Gamboa played better at Lakewood in 2017. In 79 games and 350 plate appearances, he slashed .261/.328/.378/.705 with 33 walks (9.4%) and 52 strike outs (14.9%). Again, he played exclusively at shortstop (.953 Fld%).
Gamboa played at Clearwater in 2018. In 114 games and 497 plate appearances, he slashed .214/.304/.279/.582 with 53 walks (10.7%) and 111 strike outs (22.3%).
Gamboa was a participant in the Arizona Fall League where, in a small sample size, he didn’t hit well (.186/.319/.220/.540) and split time between third base (.875 Fld%) and shortstop (.972 Fld%).
This poll was the first instance where I felt the need to intervene and set aside an outcome. When I checked the poll Saturday, 165 votes had been cast. Gamboa led at the time with 36 votes. Darick Hall was second and the other close recipients were who would be expected based on previous polls.
Today when I checked, a player had surpassed Gamboa and went from virtually no votes to 194 votes. The same player received a similar bump a couple years ago to find a place in our top 30. In that case, we had an inordinately large number of access through Facebook, We had the same yesterday. So, I’me setting aside the outcome and declaring Gamboa the winner. I also removed the player from the poll. I like him. He’s one of my favorites. But, he had an injury plagued 2018 season, and based on what I’ve seen on this site, he would not likely make the top 30 if he were to remain on it. I don’t want to allow his friends and family to adversely affect the sentiment of the Phuture Phillies community.
The poll for the next prospect will be posted in a separate thread.
Here are the complete results for this poll.