Each year we try to identify Phillies can’t miss prospects. In the 2019 season, we counted Simon Muzziotti as one of them. In 2019, he showed us he is developing into a five-tool major league prospect.
His .287 batting average and led the Clearwater Threshers last season. He also led the Threshers in hits and was second in doubles, stolen bases, runs, total bases and OPS of batters with over 300 at bats.
He started the season as a slap hitter who had hit only one home run in his previous 644 at bats in his minor league career. After the 2019 season, he will go down as one of a handful of guys who hit a home run in each of the Phillies spring training fields in team history in Clearwater, Jack Russell Stadium which served as the home field of the Dunedin Blue Jays last season, and the Phillies current Spectrum Field.
In a March 4th posting of a story by Jim Salisbury for Baseball America, Muzziotti was praised by Farm Director, Josh Bonifay.
“He’s a very good-looking player, a natural center fielder, and he has a strong understanding of the game,” Bonifay said.
Salisbury said in his post, “In the field, Muzziotti impresses with his breaks, ability to run good routes and his above-average throwing arm”. “He has drawn some comparisons to fellow Venezuelan outfielder Ender Inciarte”.
“Muzziotti weighed just 159 pounds when he signed with Boston. He’s up to 190 pounds at 6-foot-1 now and he continues to add strength as he puts himself on the map with the Phillies.”
Muzziotti made a couple appearances in Phillies Grapefruit games and went 3 for 3 in one of the games against his former team that first signed him, the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox was ruled to have violated international signing procedures and lost his signing. The Phillies then came in and signed him back in 2016.
Below is a brief video of Muzziotti batting in minor league spring training earlier in March:
Muzziotti likely will be the starting centerfielder for the Reading Fightin Phils when ever minor league baseball starts this season.