No. 6: Outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz
If there’s one Phillies prospect to just dream on, that would definitely be Jhailyn Ortiz. He signed as a 16-year-old for $4 million with an immense amount of raw power but some concern in regards to how he would face live pitching. In his first professional season at 17 years old in the GCL, Ortiz showed that power with eight home runs and 18 extra-base hits in 47 games, but his average was a meager .231.
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This year in short-season Williamsport, Ortiz continued to hit for power while showing a drastic improvement in his hit tool. He had a .302 average and showed the ability to hit both fastballs and off-speed pitches. Ortiz employed his power in both directions, hitting plenty of home runs and doubles to right field.
Ortiz will always be a high-strikeout hitter with a 25.1 percent strikeout rate.
It should be noted that he had an above-average 9.6 percent walk rate this year. Combined with his power output, his high strikeout total shouldn’t be too much of a worry.
Ortiz is bound for Low-A Lakewood next year as a 19-year-old. It will be a big test to see how much he can still hit as he moves up the minor-league ladder. If he can maintain the steady approach he showed this year, there shouldn’t be too much of an issue.