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Phillies Minor League Organizational Rankings - Outfield

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This year I'm combining the outfielders, rather than separating them by CF and corner positions.

Nick Williams hi-fiving me at a game.
Nick Williams hi-fiving me at a game.
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The Rankings:

  1. Nick Williams (CF, LF)
  2. Cornelius Randolph (LF)
  3. Roman Quinn (CF)
  4. Carlos Tocci (CF)
  5. Dylan Cozens (RF)
  6. Jose Pujols (RF)
  7. Andrew Pullin (LF)
  8. Cameron Perkins (LF)
  9. Aaron Brown (CF, RF)
  10. Cord Sandberg (LF, RF)
  11. Herlis Rodriguez (RF)
  12. Juan Luis (CF)
  13. Jiandido Tromp (CF, RF)
  14. Carlos Duran (CF)
  15. Greg Pickett (RF)
Honorable Mentions: Samuel Hiciano (LF), Mark Laird (CF), Brian Pointer (RF, LF), Venn Biter (LF, CF), Zack Coppola (OF)

This list gives you a rundown of every meaningful outfield prospect in the Phillies system. The top-3 is a really impressive collection headed by newcomer Nick Williams, acquired in the Cole Hamels trade this past deadline. Williams was a promising prospect in the Texas Rangers system who showed great power, a knack for hitting and above-average defense. His downfall was what he was doing when not getting base-hits at the plate. He had some unsightly K/BB numbers upon entering the 2015 season. This season in Frisco, he greatly improved his plate discipline and slashed .299/.357/.479 with 13 HR before being shipped to the Phillies. What did he do? Well he slightly regressed in his K/BB (20:3), but wound up hitting .320/.340/.536 with 4 HR in 97 AB in Reading. He can play CF, but is likely ticketed for a corner OF spot. His upside is a 30 HR/.300 hitter who plays an excellent left field. Pray to your respective gods this offseason.

The next two guys on the list have two very loud tools that make them likely candidates for Top 100 MLB prospects in baseball (or perhaps 2016 mid-season). Cornelius Randolph was the Phillies' 2015 1st round pick. He was drafted out of high school where he patrolled shortstop. The Phillies felt it was best to move him to LF in order to accelerate his ascent to the majors. Why do they want him up as soon as possible? The hitting tool is absolutely legit and his plate discipline was better than advertised in the Gulf Coast League, where he slashed an impressive .302/.425/.442 in 212 plate appearances. He only swatted 1 HR last season, but has power in the 20-25 range if he reaches his potential. Roman Quinn has been a named talked about for years (still only 22) and the name of his game is likely upper echelon of speed in the minor leagues. He causes chaos on the basepaths in a way that can take over a game. Before getting hurt in 2015, he put up a .306/.356/.435 with 29 SB (257 PA) in arguably his best season in the minors. He has made a seamless transition from SS to CF where he can now be graded as a plus defender. The key to Quinn in 2016 will be staying healthy enough so that when the Phillies need him he will be ready for a call-up.

Carlos Tocci is the cause of ire for many Phillies fans. He's a kid that is a light hitting, defensive whiz that has been aggressively pushed through the organization. In his 3rd season at Lakewood (still only 19) he broke out with the bat (.321/.387/.423) and was promoted to Clearwater after 261 plate appearances. He struggled (.258 AVG), but held his own playing against guys 3-4 years older. Tocci will be available in the Rule 5 draft his year, though I can't see a team carrying him for 162 games to take him away for good. Dylan Cozens. What are you? The mammoth 21 year old vastly changed his approach at the plate and saw a dramatic increase in his AVG and OBP while in Lakewood. He then (because of injuries) got a call-up to Reading where he hit .350/.386/.625 in an 11 game sample. In 8 games in the playoffs he would then hit .310/.412/.483 with 3 HR. Has the switch finally been flipped? 

Jose Pujols is a man with likely the best raw power in the system. This year he made some adjustments that helped him with his overall contact and approach at the plate which results with him getting on base more, but saw a decrease in power. Pujols will probably begin the season in Lakewood, but if he struggles could be in trouble. Andrew Pullin hit 14 HR last season after hitting a career-high of 9 in 2014. He also saw his triple slash dip considerably. He is no longer kicking balls at second base and has settled into LF. I will be interested to see if Pullin had the "Reading Effect" in 2016. Cameron Perkins is on the precipice of org. fodder or viable utility outfielder.  Next season will show if he can hold his own in AAA.

Aaron Brown is one of those "toolsy" outfielders that we hope can put it together. In 2015 he slashed .257/.324/.406 with 11 HR. After only collecting 7 walks in 2014, he earned 27 in 2015. The 23 year old former college pitcher will need to continue this progress in Reading. Cord Sandberg has a cool name and I want to like him. He made improvements in 2015 that can be looked at as encouraging (K% and BB%). Look for him in Clearwater next season.

The last guy I'll seriously talk about is Herlis Rodriguez. Or rather the man that nobody knows if what he is doing is actually real. Mr. Rodriguez spent 2015 in Lakewood as a 21 year old where he hit .294/.339/.425 with 10 HR and 16 SB. He had 21 OF assists playing LF and RF. He was never promoted to Clearwater despite all this (though in a 18 game SS played well there in 2014). He could be a potential breakout candidate...or a guy that will bottom out the further he moves up.

Juan Luis is a player that could rocket up the list after an encouraging season in the GCL. Jiandido Tromp has power, but can rarely put the bat on the ball to even record a hit. Carlos Duran battled injuries in 2015, but could very well be a Top 10 OF if he keeps progressing how he was in his stateside debut in 2014.