Phillies Prospects: Evaluating Who Could Be Selected in Rule 5 Draft

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Oct 18, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher Miguel Nunez of the Philadelphia Phillies against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Sloan Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher Miguel Nunez of the Philadelphia Phillies against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Sloan Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Catcher Deivi Grullon

Deivi Grullon is another Top 30 prospect the Phillies left off the 40-man roster, and it’s easy to see why.

The No. 28 prospect has spent parts of three seasons with Low-A Lakewood. Grullon struggled to hit Low-A pitching in his first two years with the BlueClaws before finally starting to show some life at the plate this season. Grullon hit for a 101 wRC+ this season, the first time it was above 100 since he was in the Gulf Coast League back in 2013.

Grullon’s one redeeming factor is his defense, and it is far and away the best aspect of his game. MLB.com gave his arm a rating of 70, calling it “one of the strongest arms of any catcher in the Minor Leagues.” He is also is a strong pitch blocker, and he should work out the kinks of the finer aspects of his defense with experience.

Even with the strong arm and defense, Grullon is also a longshot to be selected in the Rule 5 draft due to his abysmal hitting. The 20-year old will likely need at least another year or two before his hitting could have a chance at the major-league level.

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