Venezuelan infielder Grenny Cumana comes in at 47 on our list of the Top 50 Philadelphia Phillies Prospects.

This past season was somewhat of a breakout for infielder Grenny Cumana. Now, the question is, was 2016 really a breakout or just a one-year thing that will serve as a blip on Cumana's prospect radar screen?

Signed as an amateur free agent in March of 2013, Grenny Cumana is making his first appearance on our ranking of the Top 50 Phillies Prospects. Cumana was with Lakewood for all of the 2016 season, after spending much of the previous season at that level as well. Whether it was the familiarity with the league or just something finally clicking, Cumana had a nice season, playing 96 games with a slash line of 1-27-.291/.344/.363 for the BlueClaws, establishing career-highs in games (96), runs (55), hits (101), doubles (22), RBI (27), and stolen bases (17).

http://www.scout.com/player/207532-grenny-cumana?s=309

Defensively, Cumana also set career-highs in fielding percentage, with a .961 mark in 41 games at second base and a .944 percentage in 47 games at shortstop. He also had a 1.000 fielding percentage in six games in the outfield.

The truth is that the jury is still out on Cumana and 2017 is going to be an important season for the 21-year old. His offensive numbers overall are nothing too great and he doesn't have a lot of natural tools, other than speed. Defensively, he can make some big plays, but his fielding percentage still lags well behind the league norm for middle infielders. At this point, he profiles as the type of second baseman who can give you adequate games, but nothing spectacular, while he hasn't shown enough offense to be among really seen as an every day shortstop. He appears to be the prospect type that has utility player written all over him, but yet, he's still young enough so that you don't count out the potential for him to be an everyday player in the majors eventually.

Grenny Cumana South Atlantic League comparisons

Numbers in bold represent averages better than the SAL average for that statistic.

AB AVG OBP SLG AB/XBH AB/HR AB/BB AB/KO AB/R AB/RBI AB/DP
South Atlantic League Average - .250 .319 .372 13.01 52.89 11.17 4.12 7.86 8.77 56.51
Grenny Cumana 347 .291 .344 .363 15.09 347.00 21.69 11.57 6.31 12.85 57.83

Cumana is smart enough to know that he doesn't have much power and he doesn't try to fight it, preferring to hit the ball on the ground and squeeze the ball between fielders or use his speed to beat out some groundballs. His short, contact-first approach also shows in the fact that he was one of the better hitters in the SAL when it comes to simply putting the bat on the ball. One area where Cumana could improve on his approach though is learning to go the other way with some pitches, rather than looking to pull balls based on the side of the plate that he's hitting from.

With Cumana ticketed to play at Clearwater this season, we'll likely have a much better idea of his prospect status after the season. While scouts vary in their assessment of Cumana, they do generally agree that there has always been this decent, scrappy ballplayer in there that has been waiting to come out. With that in mind, the middle infield prospect makes his first appearance on our list of the Top 50 Phillies Prospects, with somewhat of an asterisk as we wait to see which way he goes in 2017.

Grenny Cumana career statistics

YearTmLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBBBSOBAOBPOPS
2013 Phillies VESL 62 188 36 55 13 4 0 22 7 17 21 .293 .381 .786
2014 Phillies GULF 33 113 15 28 8 1 1 10 6 7 10 .248 .304 .667
2015 2 Teams 2 Lgs 90 303 29 64 10 0 0 21 14 18 29 .211 .262 .506
2015 Williamsport NYPL 32 106 15 24 4 0 0 10 3 8 4 .226 .297 .561
2015 Lakewood SALL 58 197 14 40 6 0 0 11 11 10 25 .203 .243 .476
2016 Lakewood SALL 96 347 55 101 22 0 1 27 17 16 30 .291 .344 .707
All Levels (4 Seasons) 281 951 135 248 53 5 2 80 44 58 90 .261 .321 .655
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/13/2017.

Grenny Cumana 2016 batting splits

SplitGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOBAOBPOPS
Total 95 347 55 101 22 0 1 27 16 30 .291 .344 .707
Home 48 175 28 50 7 0 1 11 8 17 .286 .339 .681
Away 47 172 27 51 15 0 0 16 8 13 .297 .349 .733
vs RHP as RHB 88 257 73 17 0 1 22 12 26 .284 .333 .695
vs LHP as RHB 48 90 28 5 0 0 5 4 4 .311 .374 .740
April 10 38 7 11 3 0 0 4 4 4 .289 .386 .755
May 14 39 3 7 1 0 0 2 1 1 .179 .195 .400
June 19 76 17 23 6 0 1 9 4 6 .303 .369 .790
July 23 85 11 28 7 0 0 7 6 11 .329 .406 .818
August 25 93 15 28 4 0 0 5 1 7 .301 .320 .664
September 4 16 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .563
2 outs, RISP 55 70 19 4 0 0 11 5 4 .271 .338 .666
vs. Younger Pitchers 15 27 4 2 0 0 3 1 4 .148 .258 .480
vs. Older Pitchers 92 320 97 20 0 1 24 15 26 .303 .352 .727
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/13/2017.


Philly Baseball Insider Top Stories