Time to get ready for the 2020 Reader Top 30 Prospect Poll. I will start polling shortly, and when I start, I plan on posting a poll each weekday. However, my schedule may dictate some fluctuation during the process. We’ll see. We will continue to follow baseball’s standards for prospect lists which states –
“To be eligible for a list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.”
“The rankings follow the guidelines laid out by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in terms of who falls under the international pool money rules: Players who are at least 23 years old and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.”
Several players exceeded their Rookie status during the 2019 season – Adam Haseley, Ranger Suarez, Edgar Garcia,
Notable players who still maintain rookie status – Deivi Grullon, Trevor Kelley, Cole Irvin, Enyel De Los Santos, J.D. Hammer
A lot more are no longer with the organization whether by release, retirement, trade, or a free agency election. –
- C – Gregori Rivero, Ryan Asencio, Carlos Hernandez, Carlos Oropeza, Lenin Rodriguez, Austin Bossart
- 1B – Edwin Rodriguez, Quincy Nieporte, Kyle Martin, Freddy Barreto
- 2B – Drew Stankiewicz, Johnny Weeks, Luiggi Mujica
- SS – Malquin Canelo, Emmanuel Marrero, Jesus Azuaje
- 3B – Mitch Walding, Jesus Henriquez, Damek Tomscha, Connor Litton, Christopher Duran, Jake Scheiner
- INF – Brayan Gonzalez, Austin O’Brien, Austin Filiere, Bradley Haslam, Curtis Mead
- OF – Carlos Mendoza, Jan Hernandez, Danny Mayer, Trent Bowles, Julio Francisco, Keudy Bocio, Mani Boekhoudt, James Smith, Kevin Markham, Jesus Alastre, Dylan Cozens
- LHP – Michael Guzman, Tom Windle, Will Stewart, Scott Harris
- RHP – Alexis Rivero, Tyler Viza, Luis Carrasco, Juan Escorcia, Kyle Arjona, Omar Maldonado, Victor Sobil, Blake Quinn, Justin Miller, Alex Garcia, Sati Santa Cruz, Randy Alcantara, Tyler Fallwell, Antonio Canizales, Ismael Cabrera, Ruben Aponte, Noelis Moreno, Cristofer Cruz, Abdallah Aris, Luis Cedeno, Luis Ramirez, Blake Bennett, Christian Lima, Adam Cox, Drew Anderson, Will Hibbs, Thomas Eshelman, Sixto Sanchez, Bryan Alcala, Yacksel Rios
- Ballots will be shorter this year, maybe 10 players. History has shown that 30-man lists are a waste of effort.
- The players will be selected by me in much the same way as the polls were conducted back in the days before I took over.
- Comments will be permitted. I don’t understand why people have to validate their choices by campaigning for them. But, I’m not going to block them anymore.
- The first ballot will be comprised of 10 top prospects from among my favorites. Just kidding. They’ll be a composite from last year’s Reader Top 30 and MLB’s Top 30.
- I’m not going to ask for individual top 30 lists. I don’t receive enough participation to make collecting them worth it.
- When a name comes off, I’ll add a name. So, only 40 prospects will likely make the ballots by the final poll.
- I may deem in necessary to remove a prospect from the poll temporarily and replace him with a prospect who may generate more interest. This will depend on voting traffic and a ground swell of interest in the comments section and/or the Other option (for as long as that remains in play).
- And, obviously, there will be no need for a pre-poll with every eligible prospect in the organization.
I no longer care if some people think these actions shape the outcome. I don’t think so. I believe we’ll still get a representative example of how the Phuture Phillies community values and rates our prospects.
Features of this poll include –
- The order of names has been randomized.
- The Other option will be ON until it has been abused. I’ll wager first poll.
- You can choose ONE prospect..
- Repeat voting is blocked.
- Results have been hidden in the past. I may reverse that policy.
Corresponding With the Pollster
Since we’re only doing a top 30, a lot of the guys won’t make it on a ballot. If you have a favorite that you want considered for the ballot, put him in the comments section or use the Other option and I’ll consider it.
Here is last season’s Phuture Phillies Readers’ Top 30 Prospect List.
- Adonis Medina
- Adam Haseley
- Alec Bohm
- Luis Garcia
- Spencer Howard
- Mickey Moniak
- JoJo Romero
- Enyel De Los Santos
- Cole Irvin
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Francisco Morales
- Rafael Marchan
- Ranger Suarez
- Austin Listi
- Kevin Gowdy
- Simon Muzziotti
- David Parkinson
- Dylan Cozens – released, signed MiLB contract w/Tampa
- Mauricio Llovera
- Kyle Young
- Arquimedes Gamboa
- Logan O’Hoppe
- Darick Hall
- Deivi Grullon
- Luke Leftwich
- Cornelius Randolph
- Matt Vierling
- Dominic Pipkin
- Rodolfo Duran
- Ben Pelletier
Current MLB Top 30
- ALEC BOHM, 3B/1B
- SPENCER HOWARD, RHP
- BRYSON STOTT, SS
- ADONIS MEDINA, RHP
- LUIS GARCIA, SS/2B
- FRANCISCO MORALES, RHP
- ENYEL DE LOS SANTOS, RHP
- MICKEY MONIAK, OF
- ERIK MILLER, LHP
- JOJO ROMERO, LHP
- SIMON MUZZIOTTI, OF
- JHAILYN ORTIZ, OF
- RAFAEL MARCHAN, C
- NICK MATON, SS/2B
- MAURICIO LLOVERA, RHP
- COLE IRVIN, LHP
- RODOLFO DURAN, C
- DAVID PARKINSON, LHP
- DEIVY GRULLON, C
- DAMON JONES, LHP
- KYLE YOUNG, LHP
- ARQUIMEDES GAMBOA, SS
- DANIEL BRITO, 2B/SS
- KYLE DOHY, LHP
- DOMINIC PIPKIN, RHP
- KEVIN GOWDY, RHP
- JAMARI BAYLOR, SS
- CORNELIUS RANDOLPH, OF
- VICTOR SANTOS, RHP
- CONNOR SEABOLD, RHP