Draft and Follow Update

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It looks like Rashad Taylor is trying to show the Phillies he’s worth a bigtime bonus, as he continues to rake for Skyline Community College. In 15 games this season, Taylor’s batting line looks like this:

50 AB, .460/.575/.880 with 3 2B, 3 3B, and 4 HR.

He’s also drawn 15 walks to only 7 K. That’s quite a start to the season for Taylor, and after his hot start, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Here are the statistics for the rest of our picks, what I could track down at least.

Shawn Epps (37th rd): 22 IP, 2.05 ERA, 16 H, 24 K, 7 BB
Bobby Haney (38th rd): 48 AB, .271 BA, 2 2B, 0 HR, 15 RBI
Gerard Mohrmann (39th rd): Can’t find info on him at the moment
Daniel Faulkner (42nd rd): 11.2 IP, 3.09 ERA, 4 H, 9 BB, 9 K
Yazy Arbelo (43rd rd): 68 AB, .338/.402/.632, 2 2B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 8 BB, 13 K
Patrick Murray (45th rd): Can’t find info on him at the moment
Ty Manumaleuna (47th rd): 50 AB, .280/.438/.380 5 2B, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 12 BB, 11 K
Nick Morreale (48th rd): Can’t find info on him at the moment

With this being the last season of the traditional draft and follow, it will be interesting to see the approach clubs take, especially the Phillies. Gillick wasn’t afraid to take chances in the 2006 draft, he signed a bunch of high ceiling guys, will he be willing to offer Taylor $500,000 to sign? Will Taylor take that much or choose to go back into the draft? Should be interesting to watch.

9 thoughts on “Draft and Follow Update

  1. I have no idea what that last post meant, but while there certainly would be no drawback to signing Taylor if he does well all season, he’s raking on a relatively unknown JC team- no need to go over the top with bonus offers- at this point he still seems to be within a 100 to 200k bonus unless he’s displaying some sort of hitting skill that aren’t visable in his numbers (ie, super batspeed, power)

  2. Skyline Community College is a decent school, from what I’ve gathered. I’m fairly impressed by his walk rate, and an .850 slugging % is nothing to sneeze it, even for a JuCo program. If he continues this pace, he’ll be fine. The bonus amount all depends on where he was “figured to go” in the draft, if it weren’t for signability concerns. If he was a first 3 rounds type of guy, then he’ll want more than 100K, especially if he jumps up draft boards and looks like a first 3 rounds guy in 2007.

  3. Something that I find interesting about Taylor is that he missed almost all of last season with a torn labrum but the Phillies liked his potential so much that they still made him their first DNF selection. I believe the injury is the reason why he’s playing LF this year and not RF, where he was originally projected.

    Technically, I believe he’s a redshirt freshman and can, presumably, return to Skyline for another year. I don’t think that really gives him any added leverage, what with the DNF process being eliminated, but it does give another option.

  4. JE, real glad you found the site here. I have you linked up on the side, your site was an invaluable resource when trying to find out some tidbits on guys. I’m hoping that once we get close to draft time, you might contribute an article or two.

  5. What kind of information do you want on Gerard Mohrmann? I’m his mother… so maybe I can help.

  6. Hi, thanks for getting in touch. Just his basic stats would be great, innings pitched, ERA, strikeouts, whatever you can provide. How is his season going? Has he had any contact with the Phillies regarding a possible contract?

  7. Does anybody know what’s happened to Yazy Arbelo? I’ve been trying for 2-3 weeks to find out why he hasn’t been playing and why he’s on the Seminole roster, but no longer listed on the Seminole stats website. I hope he’s okay. It looks like Shawn Epps suffered some sort of back injury a few weeks ago. I believe he tried to pitch one time after the initial injury, but lasted only a couple of innings.

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