7/29/2020 : Listi, Maton, Medina and Stott - Player Pool Bios
Phillies minor leaguers Austin Listi ( 1B/3B/OF ), Nick Maton ( IF ), Adonis Medina ( RHP ) and Bryson Stott (SS ) have been added to the 60 man player pool and will be part of the work group at the alternate training site in Allentown.
This was my synopsis of each player posted earlier this year ....
Austin Listi :
26 years old ... 2017 17th round selection out of Dallas Baptist University ...
Austin began 2019 in Reading but earned a promotion to Lehigh Valley on June 21st ... finished the season with a combined 19 home runs, 24 doubles, 57 walks and 83 RBIs in 468 AB’s.
I remember a day back in February on Roberts Field when Larry Bowa was throwing BP to Austin and Ray Burris walked by - Bowa yelled to Coach Burris ; “ Look Ray, we’ve got Bagwell ! “ ... the batting stance is similar but the leadership traits are also akin ... no one in the organization has a stronger will and work ethic.
Projection : Austin can flat out hit, his defensive versatility ( 1B,3B,LF and RF ) bodes well to get him to the show ... is Rule 5 eligible this off season - in my humble opinion he will play in the big leagues somewhere.
Nick Maton :
23 years old … 2017 7th round selection out of Lincoln Land Community College
Nick made a good impression this spring in big league camp appearing in 14 games knocking a home run and driving in 7 runs. He’s a left handed hitter and has a Chase Utley like swing ... short and quick, very good bat speed, the ball jumps on contact ... a solid hitter with an excellent eye and approach.
Defensively Nick has primarily played shortstop but we’ve also seen him at second base and a little bit at third. He’s a very steady fielder that is baseball smart with his decisions.
Projection : Nick has an overall skill set that certainly projects him as a major leaguer. His offensive approach and defensive versatility puts him in a good position for utility use, to date in the minors he’s been a everyday player ... akin to what MLB said I can see that for him as a major leaguer as well perhaps playing multiple positions in doing so.
23 years old … signed 5/29/2014 ... from Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
We first saw Adonis pitch in the 2015 Fall Instructs after he had just completed his first stateside season in the GCL. Even then he had a very live arm and excellent deception with his change up ... delivers it freely with same arm slot and arm speed, it’s a pitch that’s an out maker.
Over the four years we’ve watched him since there’s been both good and not so good results ... consistency has been a struggle. Adonis is a passionate competitor who’s from this observer’s view is too hard on himself ... I’ve witnessed games where his body language display is reflective of the emotions ... he’s not one that hides those well.
The talent is there, FB that punches into the mid 90’s with Eflin like sinking action, a very good change up and a slider that is sharp when he’s on top of it yet flat when he’s not ... the release consistency is ongoing work.
Projection : This is the second year that Adonis has been on the 40 man roster, he’s still just 23 years old ... I thought he was certainly in the running for a Lehigh Valley rotation spot this spring. If he can harness the emotions and further refine the slider he’s very capable of becoming a long term contributor in the big leagues ... has all the tools to be a winning pitcher in the starting rotation.
SS Bryson Stott
22 years old … 2019 1st round selection out of UNLV
We were at Carpenter Complex watching GCL action on Roberts Field and saw Bryson’s first Professional AB. We also captured on video his first pro home run which he delivered in that very AB 😳. After four games in the GCL he was promoted to Williamsport where in his first AB as a CrossCutter he also hit a home run ... that’s quite a precedent to continue when he goes up to the next level of play. 🤔
Bryson also participated in 2019 Fall Instructs and we got more views of him in action. It’s evident that he’s well coached with good instincts both as a fielder and hitter. He seems like a very smart player, gets good reads off the bat defensively and offensively is what I term “patiently aggressive” - a trend I’ve seen in Phillies minor league hitters. It’s the ability to “box up” the strike zone and jump on pitches within areas of strength while showing discipline to not chase outside of that area. We’ve seen that in Bryson repeatedly this far.
Projection : Bryson is seemingly well received by his teammates by our observations, has leadership qualities in his approach and demeanor. Albeit a small sample size he’s got very good bat speed, quickness and generates easy power ( particularly to the pull side ) but also seems like a hitter who will consistently be a “tough out”. Defensively he’s steady, some have doubted arm strength however I’ve seen plenty of arm for the left side of the infield ... would be a plus arm as a second baseman. He’s got all the right stuff to climb the ladder quickly and be a big leaguer ...
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