Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Poll #25- Deivi Grullon

Deivi Grullon has been selected the #25 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Grullon received 35 of the 186 votes cast (18.82%).  Luke Leftwich received 26 votes (13.98%).  Cornelius Randolph received 22 votes (11.83%).  Will Stewart received 19 votes (10.22%).  Matt Vierling received 16 votes (8.60%).  Dominic Pipkin received 12 votes (6.45%).  And Bailey Falter received 10 votes (5.38%).  Fifteen guys shared the other 46 votes.  

The Phillies signed Deivi Grullon as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on June 20. 2013.  The 22-year-old (he turns 23 next month) has spent 6 seasons in the organization, and reaches free agency after this season.

Grullon began his professional career as a 17-year-old in 2013 in the GCL.  He got a couple games with Clearwater in 2014 before going to Lakewood.  When rookie ball began in June he was sent to Williamsport.  He spent the next two seasons with Lakewood.  In 2017, he started with Clearwater and was bumped up to Reading toward the end of July.  He spent all of 2018 with Reading.

  • 2013 – GCL: .273/.333/.364/.697, 1 HR, 14 RBI, .974 Fld%, 28% CS, 9 PB
  • 2014 – LAK: .237/.275/.342/.617, 1 HR, 7 RBI, .964 Fld%, 28% CS, 4 PB
  • 2014 -WPT: .225/.268/.283/.551, 0 HR, 18 RBI, .984 Fld%, 28% CS, 13 PB
  • 2015 – LAK: .221/.273/.335/.608, 8 HR, 50 RBI, .984 Fld%, 25% CS, 14 PB
  • 2016 – LAK: .256/.320/.375/.695, 6 HR, 45 RBI, .987 Fld%, 28% CS, 13 PB
  • 2017 – CLR: .255/.287/.395/.682, 8 HR, 24 RBI, .894 Fld%, 37% CS, 9 PB
  • 2017 – REA: .229/.270/.410/.679, 4 HR, 13 RBI, .977 Fld%, 36% CS, 1 PB
  • 2018 – REA: .273/.310/.515/.825, 21 HR, 59 RBI, .984 Fld%, 33% CS, 10 PB

Grullon was a Mid-Season All-Star in the 2017 FSL with Clearwater, an MiLB.Com Organizational All-Star in 2018, and a Mid- and Post-Season All-Star in the 2018 EAS with Reading.

For years, I’ve read and been told what a great defensive catcher Grullon is.  Granted, he has a strong arm.  Although, he is aggressive to the point of being reckless sometimes.  I saw him a lot as he passed through Clearwater.  And, with the 2017 Threshers, he had the highest catcher’s ERA among the three that year, Austin Bossart and Edgar Cabral were part of the Clearwater rotation.  He seems to have developed some power as he’s gotten older.  But, don’t forget that his big increase last year can be attributed to the”Reading Effect”.  His size is also a concern.  He looks a lot bigger than his listed 180 pounds.

I don’t see how Grullon begins any lower than Lehigh Valley.  It’s his final year before free agency.  The Phillies need to know if they need to re-sign him.  And maybe, if my misgivings are silly, he gets some time in Philadelphia this year.

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

Here are the complete results for this poll.

7 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Poll #25- Deivi Grullon

  1. Why doesn’t Ben Pelletier get more love? I have him in the teens and yet here we are at 25 and he’s lumped amongst .others receiving votes’.

    At 18 in GCL, .474 slg, .830 ops

    At 19 at Wil, .480 slg, 814 ops, including 30 xbh in 272 ab’s!
    His K% did increase from 17% to 23% but that’s still reasonable.

    He seems an overlooked talent in our org.

      1. Have to agree…kid can hit…very good size for a corner OFer and does have athletic abilities and still does not turn 21 until August..
        If he rakes at Lakewood, maybe mid-season promo to CLW, then may climb up rankings.
        It would appear him and Matt Vierling are very similar in their profile…physical and bat approach..

  2. It’s going to be a squeeze for the last spots. We are so deep! Pelletier along with Stewart, Brito, Pimpkin, Falter, and Veirling will all battle for last spots.

  3. At last! I have been voting for Grullon literally for weeks now. Thank you, mystery 34 other PP voters who also selected him. Now, for me its “Hammer time”.

  4. I think there are a lot of good options here, but Stewart, Maton, and Duran are being underrated. Duran is a 20-year-old catcher who hit 18 homers at LKW last season. Maybe he can’t play – I’ve never seen him – but he sounds pretty good to me.

    Please let’s not put Leftwich on this list. He’s a 24-year-old AA reliever who walks too many. He might provide some value in the majors at some point, but it seems unlikely.

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