…the Philadelphia Phillies select Cornelius Randolph from Griffin High School in Georgia.
Randolph, a left-handed hitting shortstop, hits for both average and power. The 6’1″, 190 lb. Randolph is just a pure hitter. His plate vision is unmatched at the plate, one of the best in the draft
One of his best attributes, however, may be his arm strength. He has enough defensive ability to make him a long-term above average defender.
His downfall will be on the base paths though as he lacks speed. So while you won’t see him stealing too many bags, he’ll be sure to help in moving the runners.
With J.P. Crawford in the fold, Randolph will likely slide over to third base, a position that is a little less challenging and should allow Randolph to rise through the Phillies system more quickly. Drafting Randolph also likely means that Maikel Franco will ultimately be shifted to 1B once Howard departs.
Randolph ranked as the 19th overall prospect on MLB.com’s 2015 Top 200 draft list, while Baseball America had him ranked 20th.
While power bats such as C/1B Tyler Stephenson were still on the board, the Phillies went with the more toolsy player who has the opportunity to be a table setter near the top of the Phillies lineup for years to come.