|C. Randolph, image- Jay Floyd|
After being drafted out of Griffin High School in Georgia, the five-foot-11 205-pounder was converted on defense to the outfield, where he has looked comfortable and capable
During his senior season in high school, Randolph drew loads of attention from professional organizations, posting great offensive numbers with a .533 batting average, seven home runs, 33 RBI and a 1.631 OPS in 26 games, leading his team into the state tournament.
As an 18-year-old, Randolph had a tremendous professional debut in 2015, posting a .302/.425/.442 slash line in 53 games for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies.
Last year as a member of the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, Randolph sported a .274 average with two homers and 27 RBI in 63 games. The youngster would miss more than two months of action with an injury (muscle strain in back/shoulder blade area) from April to June, but he finished the season healthy and spent time this off-season working with a strength coach as well as former big league outfielder Mike Cameron at his training center in Georgia.
Touted by Phils scouting director Johnny Almaraz as the top high school hitter in the country at the time he was drafted, Randolph was a great choice by the Phillies. Armed with a quick bat, the lefty batting Randolph has the ability to hit for average as well as power. A Clemson recruit out of high school, he is described as a patient hitter that has a good approach at the plate.
On the defensive side, Randolph has played left field exclusively. He has a strong arm and is athletic enough to display quality range in the outfield.
Speed wise, Randolph can be quick but with just 12 steals in 21 attempts in his brief professional career to date, he doesn't appear to be a runner that will strike fear into opposing batteries as a notable threat.
It'll be at least a couple years before Randolph may reach the upper levels of the sport, but once he does, he is expected to be the type of batter that will help the big league team in a significant way.
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