Austin Listi to represent Phillies in AFL Fall Star Game
Phillies prospect Austin Listi will represent the team in the Arizona Fall League Fall Star Game, Another prospect could be voted in by fans.
The Arizona Fall League announced the rosters for their annual “Fall Stars Game” which will take place Saturday. The Phillies will be represented by outfielder Austin Listi on the East roster. In addition, shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa could also be in the game if he wins the Final 2 Vote, similar to the Final Vote for the MLB All-Star Game each year.
Gamboa is competing with fellow shortstop prospects Jazz Chisholm of the Diamondbacks and Nico Hoerner of the Cubs. Outfielders Julio Pablo Martinez of the Rangers and Ryan Mckenna of the Orioles and shortstop Thairo Estrada of the Yankees are in competition for the final spot on the West roster. The voting runs from now until Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.
In 12 games in the AFL so far, Gamboa has just eight hits in 34 at-bats. He has two doubles, three runs batted in, and two stolen bases so far. His 10 walks have led to a .400 on-base percentage, third-best on the Scottsdale Scorpions.
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Gamboa did not have a great season offensively in High-A Clearwater this year. He had a .214/.304/.279 slash line with two home runs and 37 runs batted in. Gamboa, the team’s No. 11 prospect per MLB.com, is still a work in progress with a bat, but he has shown raw ability to inspire some projection moving forward. His strong arm and speed profile well defensively at shortstop.
Listi, who is not ranked by MLB.com, has not fared well in the AFL so far. He is hitting just .167 in 11 games so far, recording just six singles. Listi has scored six runs and driven in one. He has five walks and five strikeouts.
Listi’s performance in the AFL so far is not indicative of his 2018 as a whole. In 123 games this season between Clearwater and Double-A Reading, Listi had a .312/.412/.502 line with 18 home runs and 84 runs batted in. He struck out in 18.5% of his plate appearances and walked in 12.2%. It was a strong first full season for the 2017 17th-round pick.