Since being drafted in the first round back in 2015, Cornelius Randolph has had high expectations placed on him. He was drafted as a hit-first prospect, moving from shortstop to left field. Since then, he hasn’t put up the gaudy numbers of a first-round pick whose best asset is his ability to hit.
The first two years of Randolph’s minor-league career, he hit for a solid average but had no power. He hit a combined three home runs between the Gulf Coast League and Low-A Lakewood. Then, he finally showed his raw power with 13 home runs in High-A in 2017, but his average dipped and strikeout rate spiked.
Randolph still hasn’t found a way to put all the pieces together offensively. However, he is likely going to play in Double-A Reading in 2017, the place where every Phillies prospect sees their offensive numbers spike. Randolph could very well hit 20+ home runs in Reading and certainly have a breakout there.