Category Archives: 2015 Reader Top 30

My Top Prospect List

My top prospect list will be a little different from most others for the following reasons –

  • First, when possible, I prefer ranking players I have seen over those I haven’t. So, I won’t be including any recent additions to the organization, like – Zach Eflin, Tom Windle, Ben Lively, Joely Rodriguez, Elvis Araujo, Victor Arano.
  • I won’t have a player like Miguel Gonzalez on my list since he exceeded his rookie limits with 122 days of MLB service during 2014 per Baseball Reference.
  • I won’t include the Rule 5 Draft selections Odubel Herrera and Andy Oliver – unless there is another intervening transaction, the 2 most likely outcomes are that they make the Phillies’ 25-man roster or are returned to their former teams.
  • I’m also not prepared to include 16-year old kids like the 4 Latin American signees who I saw in Instructs – Arquimedes Gamboa, Jonathan Arauz, Daniel Brito, and Lenin Rodriguez.
  • Or any of the Latin Ammerican Academy players who I didn’t see until Instructs.

So, after eliminating all those players from consideration, here’s what I have – Continue reading My Top Prospect List

Observations on the 2015 Reader Top 30

This year, we extended the Reader Top 30 out to 50 positions.  There has been some discussion among commenters whether the organization was strong enough to provide 50 prospects to such a list.  I would suggest that even though some of the players who made the top 50 are at best questionable that there are some talented, young players who didn’t make the list because we just aren’t familiar enough with the lowest levels within the organization.  I would further suggest that an older player designated a prospect in the 30-50 range is less of a prospect than a considerably younger player who didn’t make the list.  Players in their age 25 or age 26 season are really at the outer edge of being a prospect.  They should be much higher on the list to be considered a true prospect. That said, here are some observations about the Reader Top 30 (and, in keeping with previous year’s,  I’m only going to consider the Top 30). Continue reading Observations on the 2015 Reader Top 30

Phuture Phillies Reader Top 30 (50) Completed

Mark Leiter takes the 50th prospect slot in our poll.  He received 39 of 157 votes (25%).   Jesus Alastre finished second with 20 votes.

The final poll is listed below.  It will be added to the Prospect Ranking menu option above by week’s end.  I’ll also post some observations on the poll and share my Top 30 when I have time.

Don’t forget to post your sleeper and breakout prospects here.

Continue reading Phuture Phillies Reader Top 30 (50) Completed

PhuturePhillies Reader Top 30 (50) Poll for #48

Mitch Gueller takes the 47th prospect slot in our poll.  He received 29 of 109 votes (26.6%).   Mitch Walding, Lewis Alezones, and Mark Leiter finished behind him with 9 votes each.

The current poll’s selections so far are listed below.  Continue reading PhuturePhillies Reader Top 30 (50) Poll for #48