Compiled in recent years by Mike Drago, the Reading Eagle ranking is based on one of the more comprehensive systems that you are going to find.
To compile their final ranking, a survey is made of a number of sources who follow the team and its farm system closely on a regular basis. For this year’s 2018 survey, 16 such individual sources returned ballots to the Eagle.
I was once again among the survey participants for this year along with other familiar names such as broadcaster Mike Ventola from the Reading Fightins, Tom Housenick of The Morning Call, Mitch Rupert of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and a dozen others.
Each participant is asked to list their own Phillies top 30 prospects. Those prospects are then awarded points based on each individual ranking: 30 points for a first-place vote, 29 for a second-place ranking, 28 for a third, and so on.
The total points are then tabulated to give each player a final score which determines their place on the official Reading Eagle top 30 Phillies prospects list.
Survey participants were nearly unanimous in selecting this year’s number one prospect, pitcher Sixto Sanchez. Also the top Phillies prospect on our own Phillies Nation top 20 Philadelphia Phillies prospects released in early August as well as nearly every major baseball publication, Sanchez was number one on 14 of the 16 Reading Eagle ballots.
Another pitcher, Adonis Medina, received the other two first place votes. He finished third overall on this year’s rankings. In between those two right-handed pitchers you will find the club’s top 2017 draft pick, outfielder Adam Haseley.
In all, 75 different prospects received votes this year. Along with one of the youngest rosters in Major League Baseball, the farm system appears ready to deliver quality players to help the Phillies get back to a sustained run of contending seasons.
Here is this year’s Reading Eagle top 30, listed with their current regular position, their current minor league assignment, and their ballot tabulation points total:
- Sixto Sanchez, P, Clearwater 475
- Adam Haseley, OF, Reading 452
- Adonis Medina, P, Clearwater 434
- Alec Bohm, 3B, Williamsport 394
- JoJo Romero, P, Reading 388
- Enyel De Los Santos, P, LehighValley 386
- Mickey Moniak, OF, Clearwater 365
- Jhailyn Ortiz, OF, Lakewood 364
- Ranger Suarez, P, Lehigh Valley 349
- Cole Irvin, P, Lehigh Valley 308
- Luis Garcia, SS, Gulf Coast West 283
- Spencer Howard, P, Lakewood 254
- Francisco Morales, P, Williamsport 208
- David Parkinson, P, Clearwater 206
- Arquimedes Gamboa, SS, Clearwater 162
- Cornelius Randolph, OF, Reading 150
- Dylan Cozens, OF, Lehigh Valley 144
- Daniel Brito, 2B, Clearwater 143
- Connor Seabold, P, Reading 136
- Kyle Young, P, Lakewood 120
- Deivi Grullon, C, Reading 116
- Drew Anderson, P, Lehigh Valley 108
- Kyle Dohy, P, Reading 100
- Mauricio Llovera, P, Clearwater 99
- Jose Pujols, OF, Reading 92
- Austin Listi, OF, Reading 76
- Will Stewart, P, Lakewood 74
- Matt Vierling, OF, Lakewood 61
- Jake Scheiner, 3B, Lakewood 56
- Rafael Marchan, C, Williamsport 51
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