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Phillies Minor League Organizational Rankings - Shortstop

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Plenty of familiar names from last year, but has it improved at all?

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The Rankings: (last year's rank in parenthesis)

  1. J.P. Crawford (1)
  2. Malquin Canelo (6)
  3. Jonathan Arauz
  4. Arquimedes Gamboa (2)
  5. Grenny Cumana (3)
  6. Daniel Brito (7)
  7. Emmanuel Marrero (5)
  8. Jose Antequera
  9. KC Serna (9)
  10. William Cuicas (4)
  11. Dylan Bosheers

J.P. Crawford is a unique young talent that the Phillies haven't had in quite sometime. I almost want to liken it to the Cole Hamels type hype. He is a defacto Top 3 prospect in baseball and rightfully so. He fields the ball better than any of his counterparts and has an advanced approach at the plate to boot. He made High-A ball look like a joke at the age of 20 with a .392/.489/.443 line through 21 games before he was bumped to AA ball. Mind you, he began the season on the DL due to an oblique strain. He finished AA with a .265/.354/.407 in 405 plate appearances. While that wasn't quite setting the world on fire that we are used to, it was an encouraging sign for the young star in the making. Look for Crawford to see CBP before the 2016 has concluded.

Last year I'll admit my shortstop list was not what a lot of the commentary agreed with. Well guess what, you were all right and I was wrong. I'll take my punishment now. But seriously, did anyone see Malquin Canelo breaking out the way he did with his bat in 2015? He scorched SAL pitching, but was a bit more handcuffed in the FSL. Nonetheless, with the advanced glove he should continue to develop on top of his encouraging 2015 campaign. The righthander is only 21 years old and won't turn 22 until September of next year.

I foolishly didn't rank Jonathan Arauz last year. Arauz was a IFA signing behind the more high-profile Arquimedes Gamboa signing (more on him in a bit). What did Arauz do? Well, he split time at SS/2B with Gamboa and hit fairly well. Sandwiched between two below-average months, he hit .299/.372/.468 (86 PA) in July. Tons of first hand accounts from Baseball America's Josh Norris were glowing of the young man. His double play mate Gamboa didn't have as much luck in his first stateside season hitting a woeful .189 (in 190 AB). They are both projects and are only 17 and 18, respectively.

The diminutive Grenny Cumana (and personal favorite) saw time this season in Williamsport and Lakewood, but struggled both at the plate and on the field. Despite the poor fielding numbers, he has excellent defensive instincts and should rebound. Daniel Brito is the less talked about of the 2014 IFA signings as he still hasn't come over to the U.S. just yet. He has a strong bat, but might ultimately be moved off SS (potentially to 2B where he is seeing time now). He is a name to keep an eye on. Emmanuel Marrero was a 7th round pick out of the 2014 draft class. Known for his glove, it was figured he could make a quick ascent through the organization if he could hit just a little. Marrero wound up missing time with injury and then barely hitting his weight in Lakewood. The future is not looking great for him. KC Serna has had sort of a rebirth in the Phillies system after being picked up out of the Independent Leagues. He likely will never see a big league field, but continues to be a good org guy.