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).
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.
|South Atlantic League Average||-||.250||.319||.372||13.01||52.89||11.17||4.12||7.86||8.77||56.51|
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
|2015||2 Teams||2 Lgs||90||303||29||64||10||0||0||21||14||18||29||.211||.262||.506|
|All Levels (4 Seasons)||281||951||135||248||53||5||2||80||44||58||90||.261||.321||.655|
Grenny Cumana 2016 batting splits
|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|
|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|