Hey guys, I took a run over to Hickory the other day to see the Crawdads (Rangers) take on the Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies). Cornelius Randolph was one of the players I was most looking forward to seeing this year. I missed him during my 1st look at Lakewood in May because he was on the DL with a shoulder strain.
Cornelius Randolph turned 19 last month, he’s listed 5’11” 205 lbs, he bats left and throws right. Randolph was drafted by the Phillies 10th overall in the 2015 draft out of high school in Williamson, Ga (45 miles S of Atlanta).
Randolph doesn’t have much projection left, he’s relatively short and pretty thick, I guessed on the field he was 5’10” 210. He hits with a closed upright stance. He’s got very quick hands and he’s short to the ball, he displayed good barrel control.
The ball really jumps off of Randolph’s bat. He’s a strong dude, he’s got above average raw power. His game right now though is line drives and sharp grounders between the gaps. It will be interesting to see how often he turns on inside fastballs and starts tapping into the raw power.
Randolph is a patient hitter, he sees a lot of pitches and fouls off a lot of pitches. He’s going to have a lot of deep counts so there will be a fair amount of walks and strikeouts. He spoiled some difficult breakers and appeared to pick up the spin just fine. With the bat speed he generates and the contact ability he has plus hit potential.
Randolph moves pretty well right now but he’s not a gifted runner I did see him make a nice running catch in left field though. He’ll be fine in the short and medium run out there It’ll be interesting to see how much he’s filling out in his late 20’s that could push him to 1st base.
Here we get many good looks at Randolph’s swing courtesy of Jay Floyd (phoulballs.com) (on Twitter @phoulballs)
I like Randolph, he’s got a very good approach. He’s going to hit, the game power will be the question. He’ll have to hit 18-20 HR’s to get him regular at bats in an outfield corner. I believe it’s in there, lets see if he can unlock it.