Throughout this week, we’ll unveil the list of the 50 most valuable people to the Phillies’ success in 2017. These are the most valuable people in the Phillies’ organization: The 2017 Phillies Value 50.
Methodology: The team at Phillies Nation each ranked who is most valuable to the Phillies’ success in 2017, from 1-50. We added up the rankings (anyone unranked immediately received a 51), then sorted the list.
20. Jorge Alfaro, catcher
The highly touted catcher will stay in triple-A in 2017. If he’s catcher of the future, he’ll prove it here and now.
19. Scott Sheridan, head athletic trainer
Always an important position. Sheridan’s job is to ensure the team is in the best health. He’s done a good job of that in the past – here’s hoping it continues.
18. Bob McClure, pitching coach
McClure has a lot of young arms in his stable. Can one of them emerge as the ace of the staff? And can he head in 2018 with three to four obvious foundation pieces?
17. Roman Quinn, outfielder
The speedy Quinn has already made a good impression. Once he’s in Philadelphia, it’ll be up to him to develop and stay healthy. The future is bright.
16. Odubel Herrera, outfielder
15. Gordon Lakey, major league scouting director
Like pro scouting director Mike Ondo, Lakey will be tasked with scouring the majors for the right future pieces.
14. Scott Proefrock, assistant general manager
13. Ned Rice, assistant general manager
Working with Matt Klentak to transition the roster into win-mode, Proefrock and Rice are both essential voices in the front office.
12. Johnny Almaraz, amateur scouting director
The focus of last year’s rankings because of the Phils’ top draft spot, Almaraz still has a big job in 2017 (heck, he always does). The No. 8 pick is nothing to sneeze at.
11. Sal Agostinelli, international scouting director
Chief of the Phils’ ongoing quest to find the best talent overseas, Agostinelli has unearthed some true gems. The Phils still have good money to spend internationally, so it’ll be interesting to see where they put their funds.