There was interesting voting for our #7 spot and things were quite divided. But, what you have told the world is that homers still catch the eye. If there is one thing Aquino can do is hit the ball hard and often. He's had some up and down years with definite reason as to why scouts drool over his skill set. He's dangerous with the bat and has a killer arm from the outfield. He looks every bit of a power hitter and skilled defender in right field. This season we'll look for him to improve his plate discipline, hope he can stay healthy, and continue to rake.
Who will be #8. You'll be given another often criticized outfielder even though he was a former first round pick and has some real upside to his game.
Tyler Stephenson, C, 20
Vladimir Gutierrez, SP/RP, 21
Sal Romano, 23, RHP
Alfredo Rodriguez, SS, 22
Phil Ervin, OF, 24
Highest 2016 Level: AA (Pensacola)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: .362 OBP in 2016
Most Worrisome Fact: .399 SLG; has lacked the power stroke since his debut
Alias(es): Uncle Phil, Phlervin, Mr. Magic
It seems like one hundred million years since Phillip Ervin was 1) a first round pick and 2) a fringe top 50 prospect, according to some prognosticators. A wrist injury tanked his first full season in as a pro, and it’s questionable whether he’s ever fully recovered from it. After slugging over .500 in 2013 (albeit against much inferior competition), Phlervin hasn’t cracked .400+ in any full season sense.
Ervin’s background as a small school, one plus season standout makes it questionable whether he ever had the ability to mash at this level, but one thing he has consistently done since becoming a professional is get on base. His .362 OBP comes in spite of his good speed only netting him a .271 BABIP. That speed did allow him to steal 36 bases last season, however.
Ervin plays a decent outfield, but he’s better in the corner than up the middle. However, if he’s going to ultimately stick in right field, he’s going to have to figure out how to raise the .160 ISO.