Phillies Prospect Breakdown: William Bergolla Jr, SB/SS, Jersey Shore Blue Claws, A

The Player

Bergolla Jr., the son of William Bergolla, who played in 17 games for the Reds in 2005 and had a 10-year minor league career, was one of the top international signings of the Phillies in the 2021-2022 class. Bergolla Jr. received a $2.05 million signing bonus and started his minor league career as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League, where he posted a .380/.470/.423 slash line and walked more times (11) than he struck out (three).

Strengths

Bergolla Jr. stands out for his above-average hitting ability and smooth defense at shortstop. Where he has the instincts and speed to stick long-term. Bergolla has a compact, quick swing with strong bat-to-ball skills and the ability to hit all fields.

 He does a good job of recognizing pitches and makes a high rate of contact. With good bat control. At 5-foot-10, 155 pounds, he doesn’t hit for much power–just 5% of his balls in play were hit 95 mph or higher. But he should add more strength in the future and get to below-average power.

It’s likely going to be more gap-to-gap power than over-the-fence juice in the future. Bergolla has the skill set that fits as a table setter at the top or bottom of the lineup. He’s an effective base stealer with plus speed and good baserunning skills, which led to eight stolen bases in nine tries in his debut.

The organization was pleased with his work as a shortstop in 2022, citing his impressive actions, and he profiles as an above-average defender with an above-average arm.

Weaknesses

As with the case of so many young players adding strength needs to be his top priority

Projection

 Bergolla could return to Low-A to begin the 2024 season with a shot at High-A Jersey Shore sometime in the summer. If he adds strength, he has the ceiling of an everyday big-league shortstop who can hit toward the bottom of the order.

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