We can’t have a season without a Readers’ Top 30. Since very few of our prospects played last year, there is precious little new information to affect last year’s poll. I asked you what you thought about a Prospect Poll and we agreed that running one wasn’t worthwhile this year. However, …
A few weeks ago, I promised to post a Phuture Phillies Top 30. But, rather than create my own, I have decided to use last year’s outcome as the template for this year’s poll. I removed the prospects who were traded (like Addison Russ) and condensed everyone forward. I made very few changes in order except where I felt you guys might have had a change of opinion (based on your comments). I’m adding new prospects (like the draft picks and J2 signings) roughly where you have traditionally added them. And, I’ve removed prospects who are no longer prospects (Bohm for one).
So, without further ado, here’s this year’s “Readers” Top 30 with last year’s ranking and some explanations.
- Bryson Stott (3)
- Spencer Howard (2) – With Alec Bohm’s graduation off the prospect list and the general feeling of discontent over Spencer Howard’s debut, I think the prospects might have switched positions in the poll.
- Mick Abel (NR) – This is likely the first deviation. I’m sure that Abel might have been placed higher in an actual vote, but my aversion to starting a new prospect’s ranking too high won out. The young man likely hasn’t pitched in a game since his junior year of high school in 2019 but for some innings at Instructs. After a full season in the minors, I’m sure he’ll be ranked first on merit.
- Erik Miller (4)
- Rafael Marchan (13)
- Mickey Moniak (5) – Moniak didn’t do anything to hurt his ranking, but Marchan impressed Girardi in spring training and that carries a lot of weight with people. I think Marchan would have made this big jump in the poll this year.
- Francisco Morales (6)
- Ethan Lindow (8)
- Adonis Medina (9) – Medina was pressed into service for one, 4-inning start last September. After some early jitters, he settled down and retired the final 8 batters he faced.
- Luis Garcia (10)
- JoJo Romero (11) – Romero made a big impact coming out of the bullpen last season until 2 rough appearances at the end of last season.
- Simon Muzziotti (12)
- Casey Martin (NR) – Seems like a reasonable place to insert the second round pick, between position players Muzziotti and Rojas.
- Damon Jones (14) – Probably a little old at 26-years to be considered a prospect.
- Johan Rojas (15)
- Logan O’Hoppe (16)
- Nick Maton (18)
- Kevin Gowdy (19)
- Kendall Simmons (20)
- Yhoswar Garcia (NR) – Seems like a reasonable place to insert our top J2 pick from 2019, between position players Simmons and Vierling.
- Matt Vierling (21)
- Luke Leftwich (22) – Also probably a little old at 26-years to be considered a prospect.
- Mauricio Llovera (24) – Llovera made one relief appearance against the Mets in September. He escaped a bases-loaded, one-out inning, but couldn’t record an out in his second inning, didn’t help that Blake Parker followed up with double/HR.
- Starlyn Castillo (26)
- Connor Brogdon (27) – Another 26-year-old on the edge of “prospecthood”, but one who opened eyes in his 6 September appearances. He struck out the side in his last two appearances, both against the World Series runner-up Rays.
- Rickardo Perez (NR) – Seems like a reasonable place to insert our top J2 pick from 2020, just ahead of Ortiz. Maybe a bit high, but he was rated #9 overall by BA.
- Jhailyn Ortiz (28)
- Baron Radcliff (NR) – Seems like a reasonable place to insert the third round pick, behind Ortiz.
- Christopher Sanchez (29)
- Jamari Baylor (31)
- Josh Stephen (32)
- Andrew Schultz (33)
- David Parkinson (34)
- Colton Eastman (36)
- Dominic Pipkin (37)
- Zach Warren (39)
Here is the rest of last year’s votes beyond forty – Bailey Falter (38), Kyle Glogoski (37), Juan Aparicio (35), Brett Schulze (33), Rixon Wingrove (29), Ben Brown (24), Gunner Mayer (22),
Cornelius Randolph (21), Jonathan Guzman (15), Victor Santos (12), Andrick Nava (8), Wilfredo Flores (7), Edgar Made (5), Jonas De La Cruz (4), Guarner Dipre (4), Josh Hendrickson (4), Alexis Azuaje (3), and Chris Micheles (1).
Here are the guys who were removed from last year’s top 40 with reasons and speculation.
- Alec Bohm (1) – no longer qualifies as a prospect
- Connor Seabold (7) – traded
- Enyel De Los Santos (17) – After visits to the majors in 2018 and 2019, he didn’t get out of the Alternate Camp in 2020. I think the Phillies have given up on him.
- Deivy Grullon (23) – DFA-ed, claimed
- Kyle Young (25) – voluntarily retired
- Cole Irvin (30) – traded
- Addison Russ (35) – traded
- Austin Listi (38) – 27-years-old, recent transactions indicate (to me) that the Phillies no longer see him in their future plans.
- Darick Hall (40) – 25-years-old, recent transactions indicate (to me) that the Phillies no longer see him in their future plans.
- Cornelius Randolph (NR) – 24-years-old, recent transactions indicate (to me) that the Phillies no longer see him in their future plans.
FWIW, if I were to do a top thirty, it would look different.