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    Prospect Nation 2016: #21 RHP Thomas Eshelman
    Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, January 11, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 0
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    Right-handed pitcher Thomas Eshelman joined the Phillies organization this off-season as part of the return from Houston from the Ken Giles trade. With the right amount of progress, Eshelman could become the steal of the deal.

    Control is definitely the big factor in Eshelman’s game, as he notched a collegiate career record 0.4 BB/9 mark in three years at Cal State Fullerton, where he was a multi-time All-American. He possessed a 313-to-18 strike out-to-walk ratio in his college career. For his 2015 junior campaign, Eshelman sported a 1.58 ERA in 18 outings.

    Scouts had Eshelman classified as one of the most polished pitchers in last year’s draft.

    After becoming Houston’s 2nd round draft choice (46th overall) in 2015 and signing for a reported $1.1 million, the 21-year-old started four total games at two levels of the Astros’ system.

    As a member of the rookie level Gulf Coast League Astros, Eshelman allowed two earned runs while striking out three and walking two in four innings of work. He was then promoted to Class A Quad Cities where he allowed three earned runs while striking out five and walking three in 6 1/3 innings.

    Reports state that Eshelman’s arsenal does not include an offering that grades as better than average. Equipped with a fastball that features good sink and can touch 93 MPH, he more often will sit in the upper-80′s and lower-90′s. He also throws a quality curve ball along with a slider and a change up.

    At six-foot-three, 210 pounds, Eshelman could continue to develop physically and add velocity.

    The ability to locate pitches helps Eshelman greatly, as he has an ability to throw any pitch in any count, so the concept of a “hitter’s count” doesn’t really apply with him. Considering that command is something that typically comes later with pitching prospects and that Eshelman already has it, he’s well ahead of the game in that regard.

    Projected as a back-end starting pitcher, the California native’s ceiling likely isn’t the highest among pitchers on this list.

    Look for Eshelman to be an anchor in the Class A Advanced Clearwater rotation in the coming season.
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    Prospect Nation 2016: #20 SS Malquin Canelo
    Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, January 12, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 0
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    Shortstop Malquin Canelo had a breakout season in 2015, proving himself worthy of being in consideration to rank among the Phillies’ top prospects, coming a long way as a hitter from previous seasons as he continued to shine with his glove.

    Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, the talented youngster made his professional debut that year with the Phils’ Dominican Summer League team. In 54 games, Canelo sported a .167 average with five doubles, two triples and nine RBI.

    The following season, he split time at two levels, producing a .221/.287/.296 slash line in 61 total games for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies and the short-season A level Williamsport Crosscutters.

    In 2014, Canelo displayed improvements with the bat posting a .249/.302/.324 slash line in 66 combined games with Williamsport, Class A Lakewood and Class A Advanced Clearwater.

    As a 20-year-old, Canelo would open the 2015 campaign back at Lakewood, where he would earn a nod as a South Atlantic League All-Star.

    As the lead-off man for Lakewood, the righty hitting Canelo displayed a very good head for his role, doing his best to put the ball in play and often taking till the pitcher threw two strikes, giving his own teammates the best opportunity to see the hurler’s offerings as much as possible.

    In 63 games with the BlueClaws, he batted .311 with five home runs and 23 RBI adding 22 doubles, which were tops in the league at the All-Star break.

    After going 2-for-3 with a fitting double as well as a walk and being named player of the game in the SAL All-Star Game, Canelo was promoted to Clearwater, where he continued his outstanding efforts. In 63 games in the Florida State League, at a level where much of the competition is plenty older, the youngster posted a .250 average with three homers and 24 RBI.

    Canelo packs some surprise strength into his small five-foot-ten 160-pound frame and short, slap-style swing. He has an ability to drive the ball and notched 40 extra-base hits in 126 games last season. He’ll almost certainly always be a single-digit home run hitter, but can continue to be a doubles and triples guy at higher levels.

    Generally, the righty batting Canelo hits better against right-handed pitchers. All nine of his home runs in 2015 were against righties.

    Speed is certainly a part of Canelo’s offensive game as well. He was successful in 17 of 25 (68%) attempts at two levels last season and has a 71% success rate for his career thus far. With a potential plus tool here, access to more coaches at higher levels of the developmental ranks and learning to read pitchers better will result in this weapon become more significant.

    Defensively, Canelo has the tools to be a top-notch fielder. He displays smooth movement, quick hands and a very strong arm. His coaches praise his efforts and improvement on this side of the game. Despite 25 errors committed last season, he’s consistent in the field at a critical position. He has rarely played any other position besides shortstop as a pro.

    More time at High A should be in store for Canelo before he’ll make it to Double-A. He’ll be 21-years-old until Labor Day (last day of minor league season), so there’s certainly no rush to move him up anyway.
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    Prospect Nation 2016: #19 OF Carlos Tocci
    Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 13, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 0
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    Since he was signed by the Phillies for a reported signing bonus of $759,000 in the summer of 2011 on his 16th birthday, Carlos Tocci has been followed by a tremendous reputation that he seemed to finally be living up to during his 2015 season.

    Right from the start of his career, the Venezuelan was tasked with very challenging assignments. Tocci says that one of the things that resulted in him choosing to sign with the Phillies was that they pledged to allow him to begin his pro career in the United States instead of playing at home in the Venezuelan Summer League.

    After participating in the Phillies’ fall instructional league in 2011, Tocci debuted in the minors with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2012, batting .278 with two doubles, nine RBI and nine stolen bases in 38 games. The following year, as a 17-year-old, he played the entire season with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. Struggling against more experienced pitching, Tocci posted a .209/.261/.249 slash line in 118 games.

    The unimpressive numbers didn’t sour the Phillies on his ceiling, though, as the organization maintained its opinion of the young righty batter as a very promising prospect. Tocci is a guy that has always been praised for his maturity, which his coaches love.

    In a repeat campaign with Lakewood in 2014, Tocci, who grew up admiring MLB slugger and fellow Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera, continued to adapt to the elder competition, seeing some improvement at the plate with a .242/.297/.324 slash line in 125 games.

    He entered his age 19 season last year with plenty left to prove in the Class A South Atlantic League, so Tocci returned to Lakewood and posted impressive offensive numbers, at long last. Earning a nod as an All-Star while posting a .321 batting average with two homers, 25 RBI and 14 steals in 16 opportunities.

    At mid-season, Tocci was promoted to Class A Advanced Clearwater, where he sported a .258 average with a pair of home runs and 18 RBI.

    It took 862 professional at bats before Tocci launched his first round tripper, but with four homers in his 2015 season, he’s clearly beginning to hit with more power. The Phils have long wanted for Tocci to add strength to his thin six-foot-two 160-pound frame. He’s been working on that for four straight years now. Touted as a contact hitter that has made loads of improvements at recognizing pitches, if Tocci can add the muscle, his offensive game will be much better off.

    Featuring above average speed, Tocci certainly can be a threat on the base paths. He’ll look to improve on his abilities at reading pitchers after getting caught in nine of his 12 steal attempts with Clearwater after his promotion last season.

    Described as a glider, Tocci has excellent range in the outfield and sparkles defensively with his glove. He’s a already a plus defender.

    With plenty of outfield depth in the Phils organization, Tocci could become a trade chip for the club that originally signed him, as players such as Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Tyler Goeddel, Nick Williams, Roman Quinn and others block Tocci’s path to the big leagues.

    Expect Tocci to be back with the Threshers to open 2016. A full season there would be beneficial to his progress.
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    Prospect Nation 2016: #18 RHP Edubray Ramos
    Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, January 14, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 2
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    Righty pitcher Edubray Ramos took strides with an exceptional campaign last year and locked himself into discussion among hurlers that could impact the big league roster very soon.

    Equipped with a fastball that steadily ranges from 93 to 95 MPH, the promising reliever also has a standout breaking pitch described by battery mate Andrew Knapp as “a wipe out slider” that is a plus offering as his out pitch. He also tosses a curve ball to get ahead in the count at times along with a change up to keep batters honest.

    Splitting his time rather evenly at three levels in 2014 after missing two seasons, Ramos tallied a 2-1 record with 10 saves, a 0.81 ERA and a .189 batting average against in 26 total games combined with the Phillies’ Venezuelan Summer League team, the rookie level Gulf Coast League team and with the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters.

    Lights out stats with Class A Advanced Clearwater had fans and media members clamoring for his promotion for much of the 2015 season and he made that happen, moving up and continuing to shine once he did.

    At 22 years old, Ramos began the 2015 campaign with the Class A Advances Clearwater Threshers. Manning the back end of their bullpen, Ramos continued to notch great numbers, with a 3-4 record, eight saves, 1.46 ERA and a .180 BAA in 29 games.

    With buzz starting to grow about the talented Venezuela native, he was promoted to Double-A Reading in early July. With the Fightins, Ramos sported a 1-2 record with a 3.54 ERA and a .233 BAA in 18 relief appearances.

    The key to the success Ramos enjoyed last year was his ability to command the strike zone. Being able to throw first pitch strikes with ease gives him the advantage time and time again on the mound.

    Ramos would participate in the Arizona Fall League after Reading’s loss in the Eastern League Championship Series. Allowing eight earned runs in 9 2/3 innings (7.45 ERA) didn’t prevent him from appearing in the league’s “Fall Stars” game, in which he threw a scoreless inning, striking out two. In his regular season AFL appearances, he struck out 12 and walked none.

    He also kept the rust off this off-season by appearing in three regular season contests with La Guaira, as a teammate of Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera, in the Venezuelan Winter League. He joined the team late in their season and appeared in three regular season contests (0 ER, 2K, 1BB, 2 2/3 IP) before helping the team in their postseason bid.

    Wanting to protect Ramos, who is listed at six feet tall and 165 pounds, from the annual MLB Rule 5 draft, the Phillies added him to their 40-man roster this off-season.

    Coaches like the composure that Ramos displays on the mound, expressing that he’s able to prevent difficult spots or not getting an occasional call from impacting his frame of mind or his approach.

    Expect the 23-year-old to open the season getting some save opportunities for Reading and possibly moving up by mid-season.
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    Prospect Nation 2016: #17 RHP Alberto Tirado
    Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 15, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 0
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    Right-hander Alberto Tirado has an arm that scouts can go wild for. Acquired by the Phillies from Toronto last season as part of the Ben Revere trade, the talented hurler could develop into a top bullpen arm for the organization in the coming years.

    Despite concerns with his accuracy, Tirado misses plenty of bats and clocks big numbers on radar guns, which leads many to feel he has a very high ceiling.

    Signed by the Blue Jays in 2011, Tirado would make his professional debut as a member of their rookie level Gulf Coast League team in 2012 as a 17-year-old. In 14 games started, combined with the rookie level Appalachian League and the Gulf Coast League teams, he tallied a 3-2 record with a 2.63 ERA and a .198 batting average against.

    He returned to the Appalachian League the following season posting a 3-0 record with a 1.68 ERA and an 8.2 K/9 mark in 12 games (eight starts).

    In 2014, splitting time between Class A short-season Vancouver and Class A Lansing, the Domincan native posted a combined 2-2 record with a 5.00 ERA and a 9.0 K/9 mark in 30 apearances (10 starts).

    He was honored as a Class A Advanced Florida State League All-Star as a member of the Dunedin Blue Jays last season. In 31 games there, pitching strictly in relief, Tirado sported a 4-3 record with three saves, a 3.23 ERA and a .213 batting average against while striking out 61 and walking 35 in 61 1/3 innings.

    After he was dealt to the Phillies, as a member of the Clearwater Threshers, also in the FSL, he notched a 1-0 record with a 0.56 ERA and a .130 BAA. His strike out numbers were his usual dominant style (16 K’s in 16 innings), but he also walked quite a bit with 18 free passes issued.

    Left unprotected in this off-season’s MLB Rule 5 draft, the 21-year-old was not selected likely due to his control concerns and rawness.

    Tirado’s offerings are described as electric. His repertoire features a fastball that has most often been clocked in the upper 90′s, touching triple digits with some regularity. His slider and change up have promise, but getting them over the plate is critical if he is to move upward on the developmental ladder.

    Refining his control will be goal number one for the six foot tall 180-pounder. Where the Phillies assign him this coming season to work on that could be debated. Former Phillies pitcher Aaron Fultz, who has drawn considerable praise from his players in previous seasons at lower levels of the organization, will take on pitching coach duties with Clearwater next season and may be a good fit to assist Tirado with his development.

    Another factor related to Tirado’s assignment would be if the Phillies wish to switch him back to a starting role, though his most ideal path is very likely as a reliever.

    Down the line, the promising fire baller projects to be a back-end bullpen staple at the big league level.
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    Prospect Nation 2016: #16 OF Dylan Cozens
    Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, January 16, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 0
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    Outfielder Dylan Cozens is one of the Phillies most underrated prospects. A pure athlete that can really drive the ball, the 21-year-old could have a very promising future as he matures on the diamond.

    At six feet six inches tall and weighing 235 pounds, Cozens has an imposing frame that was well-suited for the grid iron, as he was a two-sport star in his high school days. Already touting some significant power, the youngster sports some big time homer potential.

    After he was selected in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft, Cozens debuted in the minors with the rookie level Gulf Coast Phillies. In 50 games there, he notched 15 doubles, two triples, five homers and 24 RBI. Cozens also participated in the Florida Instructional League in 2012.

    Following a productive spring in 2013, Cozens was retained in extended spring training and made his official season debut with the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters when they began playing in June. Cozens was among the league leaders in many categories that year, placing second in doubles (19), extra base hits (30), and runs (50) while ranking third in slugging percentage (.469). Additionally, he batted .265 with two triples, nine home runs and 35 RBI in 68 games for the Cutters.

    In 2014, with Class A Lakewood, Cozens had a solid campaign, posting a .248 average with 16 homers and 62 RBI. He followed that up with a great effort in the Australian Baseball League in the off-season that followed. In 45 games with Melbourne, he tallied a .255 average with eight home runs, 23 RBI and 11 steals.

    The 2015 season saw Cozens opening his year with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers. In 96 games in the Florida State League, he sported a 282/.335/.411 slash line. Despite missing a month with a foot sprain, he earned a promotion to Double-A Reading late in the season and found the transition easy. He batted .350 with three homers and nine RBI in 11 regular season games before continuing to contribute into the Fightins’ postseason.

    Cozens was slated to spend time in the Arizona Fall League this off-season, but an arm injury prevented that from happening. Instead, once he was healthy, the strong lefty hitter joined the Indios in the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico. In 26 regular season games there, he posted a .275 average with three home runs and nine RBI.

    A fluid swing and plus raw power potential for Cozens could catapult him to the highest levels of the sport. Some feel his ceiling is as a 4th outfielder or as a platoon hitter, but after proving that he already belonged at the Double-A level at the age of 21, it is not far-fetched to feel the right progress could land the Arizona native a shot at an everyday gig in the big leagues.

    On the bases, Cozens isn’t as slow as some might expect of a big-bodied masher type. He has proven to be a threat on the base paths, swiping 20 bags in 26 attempts last year. He sports a 75% success rate in steal attempts as a professional and should continue to contribute with his slept-on speed.

    Cozens, who has played a wide majority of his games in right field, has been praised for his adaptability and is a very capable fielder. He covers a very good amount of ground on defense and has a considerably strong arm in the outfield. With much organization depth in the outfield, an eventual positional switch to first base may ease his path to the big leagues.

    Look for Cozens, who turns 22 on May 31st, to have another go around with Reading in the Eastern League this year, where a full season would be best for his development.
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