No. 14: Outfielder Cornelius Randolph
Cornelius Randolph doubled his minor-league career game total this year after playing 122 games in High-A Clearwater. Considering Randolph missed nearly half of the 2016 season, it was good to see him play his first full minor-league season without injury.
Compared to last year, Randolph struck out more and had a lower on-base percentage and batting average. On the bright side, he hit 13 home runs in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, quadrupling his previous career home run total. He also walked slightly more, but that is counterbalanced by the aforementioned strikeout increase.
Randolph’s entire potential as a major-leaguer rides on his bat, and he has yet to show both a consistent hit tool and power. This year he did hit for more power, but his average dipped. He has changed his approach to get more lift on the ball, but that is still a work in progress.
Randolph will be in Double-A Reading next year, which could spark an offensive breakout. If that breakout happens, hopefully it will be more than just a fluke of the stadium.