Philadelphia Phillies 2018 top 20 prospects: Nos. 16-20

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 3: A general view of the game between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies on October 3, 2015 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 7-6. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 3: A general view of the game between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies on October 3, 2015 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 7-6. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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No. 17: Outfielder Carlos Tocci

For the first time in his career, Carlos Tocci moved up the minor-league ladder and actually hit well in his first season there. In 113 games at Double-A Reading, Tocci hit .307/.362/.398, good enough for his first season with an OPS above .700 since 2015, his third time in Low-A. He also barely struck out with a 13.9 percent strikeout rate. Tocci’s walk rate wasn’t great at 6.1 percent, but with that high of a batting average and that low of a strikeout rate it’s definitely workable.

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Tocci got a short stint in Triple-A to end the season but didn’t have nearly the same success, posting a .449 OPS in 17 games. It’s important to point out that he only turned 22 after reaching Triple-A, so he is still incredibly young despite how long he has been in the system.

In Double-A, Tocci put his hit tool on full display. It’s unlikely he will every show power in-game considering he managed only two home runs in the homer haven that is Reading.

On the other hand, his hit tool and speed make him serviceable at he plate. His defense is definitely above-average and he plays center field with ease. He is at worst a fourth outfielder who can fill in without losing too much production.

Tocci is Rule 5 eligible again this offseason, but after his strong season in Double-A, it’s hard to imagine the team leaving him unprotected.

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