This is an open format for minor league prospect discussion. Today’s subjects are Edgar Made and Jose Tortolero. These articles will mostly be about players I have seen. So, they will be mostly about players from the lower levels of the organization. If you have someone in particular you want to hear about, put the name in the comments section. If I’ve seen enough to warrant a post, I’ll strongly consider it.
This is an open discussion about some of the Phillies’ minor league prospects I saw this season. Phillies’ talk and other non-prospect discussion should remain in the Open Discussion.
Edgar Made was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent on July 8, 2016 out of the Dominican Republic.
Made was was signed as a 16-year-old. He was initially listed at 5’10, 145 lbs, but looks to have filled out some as a 19-year-old. During his first season in 2017 with the DSL Phillies Red, he played played 3 infield positions well (2B, SS, 3B), but hit a somewhat light .242/.346/.365/.711. He came stateside in 2018 and played in just 29 games for the GCL Phillies East playing passable at 3 positions (2B, 3B, LF) and posted a weaker slash of .253/.300/.386/.686.
The 19-year-old switch hitter made a brief appearance with Williamsport before returning to Clearwater after the start of the 2019 GCL season. He was assigned to the GCL Phillies West. He slashed .333/.391/.509/.900 in 42 games. In 184 plate appearances, he scored 31 runs, had 55 hits, hit 12 doubles, 4 triples, 3 HR, and had 34 RBI. He walked 13 times and struck out 26 times. Offensively, he led the team in batting average, OBP, SLG, OPS, runs scored, and hits. He played second base and third base, committing 3 errors at each position for fielding percentages of .938 (2B) and .952 (3B).
Made was third in the league with his .333 batting average. He had the same batting average from either side of the plate, but showed more power from the left side. He looks like a competent hitter. He had a BB% of 7.1 and a K% of 14.1 in 184 plate appearances. He looks quick but was successful in just 5 of his 10 stolen base attempts. And, his fielding seemed better than the FLD% would indicate. He made the GCL Post-Season All-Star team at third base. But, his future is probably at second base or, more likely, as a utility player.
- Bats both, Throws right
- 5’10, 145 lbs.
- Born December 15, 1999 (age 19)
- International FA out of Bani, Dominican Republic, signed on July 8, 2016
- 2017: DSL Phillies Red
- 2018; GCL Phillies West
- 2019; GCL Phillies West
Jose Tortolero was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent on July 2, 2016 out of Venezuela.
Tortolero was was signed as a 16-year-old on the opening day of the 2016 J2 signing period. He was listed at 5’11, 154 lbs, and doesn’t look to have gained much since. During his first season in 2017 with the DSL Phillies White, he slashed .206/.290/.294/.583 in 67 games and 218 at bats. He played some second base (1/20. .950), but mostly at shortstop where he committed 19 errors in 276 chances (.931).
After missing the 2018 season, Tortolero was assigned to the GCL Phillies East in 2019. The 19-year-old RHB slashed .214/.241/.320/.561 in 30 games. In 113 plate appearances, he hit 2 HR and had 15 RBI. He walked 4 times (3.5%) and struck out 20 times (17.7%). He split time at second base, shortstop, and third base. He committed 4 errors and had fielding percentages of .977 (2B, 1 error), .976 (SS, 1 error), and .900 (3B).
Tortolero’s offensive highlight might have been his game-winning grand slam on August 3rd. It was the second game of a double header with the Tigers East, and he broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth.
All through the spring and extended, Tortolero displayed excellent skills at the middle infield positions, a huge improvement over his DSL performance 2 years earlier, albeit in small samples (43 chances at 2B and 41 at SS). Hopefully, his hitting will improve now that he is healthy. If it does, he can stick at short. If not, he’s likely a minor league utility player.
- Bats right, Throws right
- 5’11, 154 lbs.
- Born December 31, 1999 (age 19)
- International FA out of Carracas, Venezuela, signed on July 2, 2016
- 2016: probably signed a future contract and practiced at their Dominican Academy
- 2017: DSL Phillies White
- missed entire season due to injury
- 2019; GCL Phillies East