We all get tired of hearing about the big four Phillies prospects: J.P. Crawford, Cornelius Randolph, Jhailyn Ortiz and Mickey Moniak. They definitely are not under the radar. The Phillies have invested $15 million in these four but the payoff appears not to be imminent from what I saw of them in spring training. The MiLB.com staff has predicted that Ortiz will be the under the radar Phillies prospect for 2017. Read HERE.
My under the radar breakout Phillies prospects from spring training include first baseman Darick Hall and pitcher Adonis Medina. Other under the radar prospects are outfielder Jiandido Tromp and corner infielder Mitch Walding.
Hall’s first week of the minor league camp games convinced me he is the real deal. His three homers, one each to left, center and right was all I needed to see. Watch his three home run video HERE. He put up league leading numbers last season in the NY-Penn League for Williamsport in doubles, slugging and OPS. I would expect him to split the 2017 season between Lakewood where he will start and Clearwater much like Rhys Hoskins did in the 2015 season.
Adonis Medina was the biggest surprise of the starting pitching in the minor league camp. Last season he struck out only 34 in 64.2 innings for Williamsport. But in the minor league camp games in one outing he struck out 6 of the 7 batters he face. Then in his next game he struck out the side in his second inning of work. Watch HERE. Keep a close eye on him with Lakewood.
Jiadido Tromp won a job to start the season with Reading. I thought he would be in the Clearwater outfield to start the season with a post All-Star game promotion to AA in June. But Tromp hit in the spring games starting off hitting three triples in the first week of camp. Watch one of his triples HERE. Tromp’s 20 homers last season, divided equally between Lakewood and Reading, were the fourth highest in the Phillies minor league system.
Mitch Walding had a breakout of sorts last year with Clearwater where he won the All Star Game home run hitting contest and hit .280 for the season. Mitch had the fifth highest OPS of .812 in the Florida State League. He hit for the cycle in the next to last spring training game last Thursday. Watch HERE. He will start the season with Reading.
Watch for the names of Darick Hall and Adonis Medina at Lakewood and Jiandido Tromp and Mitch Walding at Reading to see if they will become the Phillies minor league breakout stars of the 2017.