There has been a lot of smoke that the Phillies are expected to blow away their July 2 spending pool. In his article today, Kiley McDaniel laid out the five players he expects to get the largest bonuses this July. The Phillies have just over $3 million to spend this period, but can trade for up to half that amount so their max bonus pool is $4.5 million.
The name Kiley linked to the Phillies is left fielder Jhailyn Ortiz who comes in at a hulking 6’2″ 260lbs. Ortiz has enormous raw power (Kiley put a 70 on it). He is also fairly athletic given his size and you can see in Kiley’s video below that he runs fairly well. There are some approach and pitch recognition issues, but he is also only 16 and has been playing in showcases and workouts, not games.
The rumored bonus is said to be at least $4.2 million according to Kiley, but prices seem to keep rising. This alone won’t push the Phillies over the edge (if they acquire more slots), but given that they passed on Moncada and others to be able to sign players it is very unlikely that Ortiz is their only target.
On that note it is time to be irrationally excited.