Saturday, July 27, 2013

Prospects Plus: Carlos Tocci

NAME: Carlos Tocci
POSITION: Outfielder
TEAM: Lakewood BlueClaws
PROSPECT STATUS: Tenth ranked prospect in Phillies organization.
FRIDAY VS. GREENVILLE: 1 for 4 with a run scored.

POSITIVES:  I've waited for a couple of months before I decided to run the rule over Tocci. I've watched him a bunch of times and have come away impressed each time. Tocci should be either finishing up his junior or senior year of high school right now.  He has more advanced baseball instincts than any high school player in the 2013 draft.  He may not be as physically mature as his counterparts, but he is still younger than most draftees, and with a year of full season ball. Tocci is a plus plus runner, it allows him to cover large amounts of ground in CF. Last year, Tocci signed one of the largest deals the Phillies have ever given to an international player, a reported $750,000. Scouts have projected Tocci as a five-tool player with a real emphasis on his speed. His upside is there and it shows, every time I've seen him he has improved.

NEGATIVES: At times Tocci seems to be a little over matched at the plate, that could be a product of his youth and lack of strength. One of the biggest concerns that I have is does Tocci confidence struggle if he struggles at the plate.

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