Diekman, the team’s 30th round pick, looks likely to sign.
The Phillies took him as the 18th pick in the draft’s 30th round. He was the 923rd player selected overall.
Immediately after the draft, Diekman planned to continue to play for the Bruins this summer. He said the Phillies had indicated they planned to watch his progress and could make an offer later.
At that point, Diekman also said he planned to stay in school and head to Lincoln and the University of Nebraska for the fall semester.
But “later,” became now, in a hurry.
“The Phillies made a really good offer now and I don’t want to wait the whole summer,” Diekman said.
Diekman said he decided to “take” the offer from the Phillies when it came.
“They said they want me in their organization so they can work with me,” Diekman said. “I guess they have a left-handed pitching coach and he thinks he can really improve me.
“They really want me now.”
Diekman said initially he’ll be headed to Florida and the developmental league.
Thanks to e-mailer Allan for the heads up on the link. Diekman is only 20, and has a great pitcher’s frame. He was pitching at Cloud County CC, and I don’t really have much info on him, but the Phillies must like what they see.