2022 Phuture Phillies #17 Prospect: Jordan Viars

Jordan Viars is the Phuture Phillies’ Readers’ #17 Pick. 

Jordan Lee Viars was born in Plano, Texas.  He is the son of Billy and Tracy Viars.  Jordan attended Reedy High School and played on the varsity his freshman, sophomore, and senior seasons.  He lost his junior season to the pandemic.


High school stats for Viars were difficult to find.  I also couldn’t determine if he spent any of his time on JV squads during his school career.  However, he did hit close to .500 during his senior year in 73 at-bats with 7 HRs.

He received several awards and had several accomplishmentsduring his career.  Some were –

  • 2017 13U Perfect Game (PG) World Series
  • 2017 14U PG Series Classic
  • 2017 13U BCS National Championship MVP
  • 2018-2019 THSBCA All-State 5A
  • 2019 PG Preseason Underclassmen All American Team
  • 2020-2021 UIL-All-District 9-5A Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2020-2021 TSWA All-State 5A
  • 2020 WWBA World Championship
  • 2020 PG 17U World Series All-Tournament Team
  • 2020 PG 18U World Series All-Tournament Team
  • 2020 PG Preseason Underclassmen All American Team
  • 2020 PG Preseason Underclassmen Texas All-Region First Team
  • 2021 PG ranks him as 2nd-best first baseman and 21st overall prospect in Texas
  • 2021 #32 prospect and 2nd-best first baseman in Texas by Prep Baseball Report
  • 2021 7th-best first baseman nationally and #305 overall by PBR
  • 2021 9th-best first baseman and #232 overall prospect in nation by Perfect Game

Committed to University of Arkansas.

Drafted by the Phillies in the third round of the 2021 Amateur Draft.  Dallas Morning News


 

2021:  Viars debuted with the GCL Phillies.  In 22 games, he slashed .255/.406/.468/.874 with a double, 3 HRs, and 18 RBI.  In 64 plate appearances, he walked 11 times and struck out 12 times.  He stole 2 bases in 2 attempts.

(Viars’ MiLB page indicates he signed with the Phillies the day before his 18th birthday.  I don’t know if you are aware, but when the Phillies sign a player under eighteen, they also take over legal guardianship of the player until his eighteenth birthday.  This didn’t come into play with Viars but has in the past (Ben Brown).  A similar responsibility also comes into play when Latin American players are signed.)


I watched Viars at the Complex.  I was surprised that he was a prep player.  His size, physical build, strength, technique, and plate awareness belie his youth.  Honestly, when I furst saw him at the plate, I thought he was a college athlete.

This story by Todd Zolecki gives more insight into Viars, but also includes a very interesting clip on Viars by Brian Barber, Director, Amateur Scouting.

 

7 thoughts on “2022 Phuture Phillies #17 Prospect: Jordan Viars

  1. It is so great to read about prospects who not only come across as extraordinary athletes, but solid people as well. When we see the self-entitled way that some professionals act it is easy to forget that they are people as well as athletes. But even these minor leagues surely train/work a lot more hours in their “profession” than any of us do at our jobs. Hopefully class-acts like Jordan Viars can make it easier to remember that they are people, and not a video to throw in the trash if it doesn’t completely satisfy expectations.

  2. I(Heart), I completely agree, Great story, and I am very high on him. I am, so far, very pleased with our last draft.

  3. “….but when the Phillies sign a player under eighteen, they also take over legal guardianship of the player until his eighteenth birthday. This didn’t come into play with Viars but has in the past (Ben Brown)”

    ………was that the case also with Canadian Ben Pelletier…drafted before his 17th birthday?

    1. If I remember correctly, Ben was 16-years-old when drafted and still in high school in Canada in 2015. He came to Clearwater but didn’t participate in 2015. I think he signed a future services contract which delays the necessity of placing the player on a roster until the following spring. I don’t recall if he was at Instructs in 2015, but he was at spring training in 2016 when he was on spring break during his senior year (or the Canadian equivalent). I don’t think guardianship came into play until Ben arrived for the 2016 GCL season after graduation and was in effect until he turned 18-years-old in August 2016.

      I think the main reason that a team has to take over guardianship is that in the case of a serious injury to a minor, a parent or adult guardian has to sign medical releases. I’m sure that there are other circumstances that are covered (like posting bail?). Imagine if Brito suffered his injury as a player in the GCL as a 17-year-old and there was no guardianship provision. His mother in Venezuela would need to be contacted before any surgical procedure could be started.

      I remember conversing with Ben’s parents that summer. Maybe they were here until his birthday so that they didn’t have to sign over guardianship.

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