By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
Carlos Tocci received one of the richest bonuses for an international amateur in Phillies history, signing for $759,000 in 2011. 

Carlos TocciA plus-plus runner with a strong knowledge of the game, Tocci held his own last season as a 16-year-old in his professional debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He excelled in center field and showcased an above average arm.

Standing 6-2 and weighing just 160 pounds he has a slender frame and does not project as much of a power threat, but his other tools compensate for his value. He has a knack for the strike zone and uses the entire field.

"He has the tools to be a speedster, for sure," said one rival National League scout. "I saw him a few times last year and he is extremely smooth and athletics, just don't expect him to hit the long ball because the one thing he lacks is strength and power."

Tocci likely will remain in extended spring training and be assigned to Class A Short-Season Williamsport in June. He currently is ranked as the 10th best prospect in the Phillies' organization by Baseball America.

- Patrick Gordon is the editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Contact him at or @Philabaseball on Twitter.   

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