PBI Top 80 Prospects: 76-80

Philly Baseball Insider has increased our list of the top Phillies prospects from the usual 50 prospects that we’ve ranked in previous seasons to 80 players coming into the 2018 season.

Our list is compiled by comparing notes with scouts, coaches, broadcasters, reporters and other analysts both throughout the season and following the season.

To be eligible for the list, a player must have his MLB rookie status intact coming into the 2018 season, meaning that they do not have more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the majors during a previous season or seasons. They also may not have accumulated more than 45 days on a major league roster during the 25-player limit period (April through August), excluding time on the DL.

The plan is to unveil five players per day through mid-January with short scouting reports on each player. We will also be starting to assemble a list of player pages that will include stats and information on players throughout the Phillies organization.

Our list of the Top 80 Phillies Prospects begins with players ranked 76th through number-80.

76. Deivi Grullon, catcher

The 21-year old Grullon signed with the Phillies as an international free agent on July 2, 2012 and came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic the following season to play in the Gulf Coast League.

After some early highs and lows, Grullon has seemingly settled in and has put up somewhat consistent numbers over the past two seasons, with the exception of doubling his power numbers from hitting six in 2016 to a career-high 12 last season between Clearwater and Reading.

Defensively, Grullon is solid behind the plate and has worked on his mechanics to limit the number of passed balls that he has allowed. In 2014, he allowed a high of 17 passed balls and has decreased the number each season since then to just 10 last season, the lowest of his career since he started playing in full-season leagues the year after his arrival.

77. Alexis Rivero, RHPRivero was signed as an international free agent in October of 2012 out of Venezuela and started his professional career in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2013 before playing in the Gulf Coast League the following summer. Rivero, 23, has moved steadily through the organization, generally moving up a level in mid-season and then starting at that level the following year.In 2017, Rivero pitched both at Double-A and Triple-A with a combined mark of 5-4, 4.48 in 43 games, including one start with Reading. Over his five minor league seasons, including his stint in the VSL, Rivero is 21-9 with an impressive 2.90 ERA in 156 games.

Initially, the Phillies envisioned Rivero as a starter, but he was never able to develop a third pitch that was effective enough for him to use on a regular basis and was moved to the bullpen when he came to the states. Rivero is a fastball/slider pitcher with a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a low-to-mid-80s slider.

78. Sutter McLoughlin, RHP

The Phillies drafted McLoughlin out of Cal State Sacramento with their 22nd round pick in 2015. The 24-year old righty pitched well in both of his first two seasons in the Phillies organization, going 5-3 with a 2.43 ERA, pitching for both the GCL Phillies and Williamsport in 2015 and then moving up to Low-A Lakewood in 2016.

When McLoughlin reported to camp in 2017, he wound up with shoulder soreness and was held back in extended camp when the regular season opened. Eventually, he was assigned to the Gulf Coast League and placed on the DL where he stayed all season after shoulder surgery. It’s hoped that he will return to the mound for 2018 and be available for a minor league assignment on opening day.

79. Grant Dyer, RHP

The Phillies drafted Dyer in the eighth round of the 2016 Draft and he moved quickly in his first season, pitching for Williamsport and Lakewood in his first professional season. Between the two stops, Dyer was impressive with a 2.34 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings, while walking just six batters.

Unfortunately, much like McLoughlin, Dyer pulled up lame in camp last year and wound up on the DL all season. He too should be back on the mound in 2018 and ready for an opening day minor league assignment.

80. Luis Carrasco, RHP

Carrasco signed his first professional deal with the Phillies as an international free agent on October 31, 2013. He spent the first two seasons of his professional career pitching in the VSL before making his U.S. debut with the GCL Phillies in 2016. In his first season, Carrasco posted a 2.18 ERA and went 7-2, splitting his time between the bullpen (six relief appearances) and the rotation (five starts).

Last season, Carrasco opened the year with Williamsport and then reached Lakewood in August and made four starts for the BlueClaws. After going back-and-forth between the bullpen and rotation in 2016, Carrasco was firmly in the rotation last season, making all 10 of his appearances as a starter. When all was said and done, Carrasco went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA between the two stops, struggling a little with the higher quality hitters in the South Atlantic League.

It’s likely that Carrasco will return to the BlueClaws to open 2018 as a part of their starting rotation.

You can use our Prospect Rankings menu at the top of this page to see the full rankings for 2018 and previous years.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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