Phillies Prospect #75: Adam Sorgi

This year, Philly Baseball News has expanded our coverage of the Top Prospects to cover 75 potential stars of tomorrow. We start the countdown with infielder Adam Sorgi, who the Phillies took in the 21st round of the 2007 Draft out of Stanford.

Acquired: Taken by the Phillies in the 21st round of the 2007 Draft.

B: L, T: R  /  Height: 6', 1"  /  Weight: 180

2007 Team/League: Williamsport Crosscutters/NY-Penn League (short-season, class-a)

Positions Played in 2007:   2B: 18 g, SS: 10 g, 3B: 3 g.

School: Stanford

Batting and Power:  The key to Adam Sorgi's offense is in not trying to do too much. Sorgi is perfectly willing to go with whatever a pitcher gives him and has the ability to pick up hits to all fields. On occasion, he'll look for a pitch that he can turn on and has enough power and a sweet enough swing to go deep, but he's not an intimidating power threat. At Stanford, Sorgi showed an ability to handle the bat well and was used frequently in hit and run situations and was often called upon to drop down a bunt here and there and excelled in both situations. His power should continue to develop and as his swing is fine tuned, he'll likely turn into a little more of a power threat, although it's not likely to ever be the key to his game.

Baserunning and Speed: Sorgi worked on improving his speed and baserunning abilities at Stanford and did actually get a little faster during his college career, although he was never a real threat to steal bases. The Phillies are working with him on reading pitchers better and believe that he can become at least an average base stealing threat and he got off to a good start in 2007 with two stolen bases in two attempts for the Williamsport CrossCutters. He's a smart player and rarely runs himself into outs.

Defense: The Phillies were impressed with Sorgi's defensive skills, but they're unsure of where to play him. He played second and third at Stanford, but a shoulder injury did cut down his arm a little and third base is a bit of a reach for him to make the long accurate throws that are required. Even at shortstop he's a bit of a gamble and it's likely that he'll settle in at second base eventually, but will make the occasional appearance on the left side of the diamond. His defense is nice; he's got good hands and positions himself well to make plays.

Projection: It's always tough to put a projection on first year players, but Sorgi would figure to be able to become a solid utility type player. The Phillies will do him a favor by moving him to different positions and trying to make him as versatile as possible. His defense is already solid, so it's just a matter of how much offense he can provide and there were some definite struggles at the plate in his first pro season. Sorgi will likely need another season at Williamsport before being ready to tackle full-season ball at Lakewood, but he might get a cup of coffee with the BlueClaws to fill in a roster spot or cover an injury.

What else you should know about Adam Sorgi: 

  • If you're looking for a natural team leader, Adam Sorgi is your guy. He was credited with being one of the best "clubhouse guys" at Stanford.
  • The Phillies have had him on their radar for some time, originally drafting him out of high school in the 49th round of the 2003 Draft, but he turned them down to attend Stanford.
  • Missed the entire 2006 season after undergoing shoulder surgery and had a year of eligibility left with Stanford when he signed with the Phillies.

Adam Sorgi's career stats

'07 Williamsport 0 5 .198 35 91 10 18 3 0 2 8 17 .284 .231

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