The Reading Fightin’ Phils took over second-place in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League earlier this week and come into Binghamton (a.k.a. Rumbletown) with a 37-25 record, two games ahead of the Rumble Ponies. According to Baseball America’s 2017 Prospect Handbook, Reading has five prospects ranked within the top 30 prospects in the Philadelphia organization:
Scott Kingery (#9): The 5’-10” second baseman turned 23-years-old on April 29 and is back for his second tour of duty with Reading, as he hit .250 in 156 at-bats for the Fightin’ Phils in 2016. Kingery was a second-round draft pick out of Arizona in 2015, as he was signed to a $1.2M bonus. Kingery’s double-play partner at Arizona was Kevin Newman, who was a first-round pick of the Pirates in 2015 and is now playing for the Altoona Curve. Reading should be “home” to Kingery for only a few more weeks; he is off to an outstanding start, and his 18 homers and 14 doubles are signs of his developing power. He is hitting .302 in 249 at-bats.
Victor Arano (#17): The right-handed reliever, who turned twenty-two on February 7th, was signed out of Mexico in 2013 and features a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and can touch 97 mph. He is back at Reading after a short stint there last year, where he went 1-1 with a 2.16 E.R.A. in 17 innings. Arano supports his fastball with a slider and developing curveball and changeup. Arano has thrown only seven innings this year, posting a 1.23 E.R.A.
Elniery Garcia (#27): The 6’-0” lefty pitcher is coming off an outstanding year at Clearwater, where he went 12-4 with a 2.68 E.R.A. in 118 innings. Signed by scout Jesus Mendez out of Venezuela in 2016, he has moved down a few slots in the prospect rankings from last year, where he was ranked #24. Currently he is on the restricted list and he has not pitched for Reading this year, so Binghamton fans will not get to see him this weekend.
Carlos Tocci (#29): Though the 6’-2” outfielder hit .284 for Clearwater last year, he dropped in the prospect ratings, falling from the #10 spot in 2016. Signed as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela in 2016, Tocci does not turn 22 until August 23rd. Regarded as a slick-fielding center fielder, Tocci lacks the arm strength and outstanding speed to reach the elite level on defense. Failure to develop his power has also caused him to slip in the prospect ratings. He comes into Binghamton hitting .286 with no homers and one stolen base (220 at-bats).
Drew Anderson (#30): The 6’-3” right hander has recovered nicely from his 2015 Tommy John surgery. He was added to the Phillies 40-man roster last offseason as the Phillies were impressed with his 2-1 record and 1.93 E.R.A. in 33 innings at Clearwater last season. Anderson comes into Binghamton with a 5-2 record and 3.77 E.R.A. in 12 starts. He touches 97 with his fastball and uses his curve as his primary offspeed pitch, while spotting his slider and changeup.