Some elite names still left on the board

I am going to put up a post for the remaining picks later, and we’ll use that spot to discuss Day 2. Until tomorrow, here are a bunch of guys I find interesting that haven’t been picked yet.

Stetson Allie, RHP, AJ Cole, RHP, Austin Wilson, OF, Micah Gibbs, C, Brett Eibner, RHP, Chad Bettis, RHP, Yordy Cabrera, SS, Marcus Littlewood, SS, Kevin Gausman, RHP, Jordan Swagerty, RHP, Adam Plutko, RHP and many others. Should be an interesting day.

Check out PNR Scouting’s Top 100 and look at some of the names on there.

Check below for a position breakdown on PNR’s rankings

Here are the top 5 guys at each position still on the board based on PNR Scouting’s rankings, and their number is where they ranked in the top 15 at the position

Catcher

4. Micah Gibbs, LSU
6. Will Swanner, HS-CA
7. Stefan Sabol, HS-CA
9. Tyler Austin, HS-GA
10. Jake Hernandez, HS-CA

First Base

2. Hunter Morris, Auburn
3. Jared Lakind, HS-TX
4. Eric Jaffe, HS-CA
5. Conrad Gregor, HS-IN
6. Andy Wilkins, Arkansas

Second Base

2. LeVon Washington, JC-FL
3. Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia
4. Tony Wolters, HS-CA
5. Sean Coyle, HS-PA
6. David Lohman, Long Beach State University

Third Base

5. Robert Segedin, Tulane
6. Joe Leonard, Pitt
7. Gavin Cecchini, HS-LA
8. Tony Thompson, Kansas
9. Domonic Ficociello, HS-CA

Outfielders

2. Austin Wilson, HS-CA
7. Ryan LaMarre, Michigan
9. Tyler Holt, FSU
10. Jarrett Parker, UVA
11. Brett Eibner, Arkansas
12. Reggie Golden, HS-AL
13. Michael Lorenzen, HS-CA
14. Austin Wates, Virginia Tech
15. Ty Linton, HS-NC
16. Todd Cunningham, Jacksonville State

Pitchers

6. Brandon Workman, Texas
8. AJ Cole, HS-FL
10. Stetson Allie, HS-OH
11. Jesse Hahn, Virginia Tech
12. Chad Bettis, Texas Tech
19. DeAndre Smelter, HS-GA
24. James Paxton, INDY
25. AJ Venegas, HS-CA
26. Robbie Aviles, HS-NY
27. Kevin Gausman, HS-CO
29. Justin Grimm, Georgia
32. Addison Reed, San Diego State
33. Rob Rasmussen, UCLA
35. Kevin Chapman, Florida
36. Sammy Solis, San Diego
37. Jordan Swagerty, ASU
39. Ryan Stanek, HS-KS

32 thoughts on “Some elite names still left on the board

  1. Gibbs will be the guy I am rooting to be a Phillie.
    Other guys of interest: Workman, Hahn.
    H.S. catcher Sabol has been ranked in the Top50 in some places.

  2. Available catchers and infielders I like:
    2B-3B Jedd Gyorko
    SS-3B Derek Dietrich
    2B Zach Alford
    SS Sean Coyle
    SS-C Keelen Sweeney
    SS Tony Wolters
    RHP/SS DeAndre Smelter(although better on the mound)
    SS/RHP Andrelton Simmons
    C Micah Gibbs
    3B Joe Leonard
    SS Dickie Thon Jr
    3B Garin Cechinni
    3B Kris Bryant
    C Jake Hernandez
    SS Jacoby Jones
    C Will Swanner

  3. Allie and Austin are treading into dangerous territory now. Now they’ll definitely want substantially more than whatever slot they’re chosen in, and teams may not want to risk a selection with a bunch of talent still on the board.

  4. If Wilson makes it to 77, I’ll bet my kidney we get him. I’ll even stab myself in the other kidney now just to prove my point.

  5. I’m fine with the Biddle pick. Typical Phils. Glad he’s big and strong and sounds projectable. I’m also glad he’s got a good support system and I’ll bet he’s pretty smart (GFS is not a school for dummies).

    I’d be pretty stoked for Littlewood in Round 2. Gibbs too, though I don’t think I’ve heard anyone connect the Phils with him.

    I agree with Friar that Allie and Wilson might drop a lot now.

  6. If we’re able to get any of those guys I will be happy and I think we will.

    By the way everyone, I’m Ryan and I will be posting the picks tomorrow. I look forward to a good 2nd day. It also happens to be my birthday, so I hope to get a present from the Phillies.

  7. We’ll find a way, Friar. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that point. Unless James is some kind of sorcerer and has kept us in the dark all these years as to his true identity.

  8. I don’t think they’ll take Austin Wilson in round 2, the guy just isn’t very signable, or he’d already have been taken by us. He doesn’t even have an adviser, which I’m sure every agent known to man has tried to be his adviser by this point. He’s going to Stanford, who knows maybe he has a so-so college career and we can grab him like Michael Taylor.

    I expect the Phils to pick him, just not within the next few rounds.

  9. BA-

    Here’s a look at the top remaining players on our updated Top 50 draft prospects list that we posted on Monday.

    15. Stetson Allie, rhp, St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
    20. Brandon Workman, rhp, Texas
    23. Brett Eibner, rhp/of, Arkansas
    25. A.J. Cole, rhp, Oviedo (Fla.) HS
    28. Austin Wilson, of, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, Calif.
    31. Ryan LaMarre, of, Michigan
    33. Chad Bettis, rhp, Texas Tech
    35. Yordy Cabrera, ss/rhp, Lakeland (Fla.) HS
    37. Jedd Gyorko, ss, West Virginia
    38. Ryne Stanek, rhp, Blue Valley HS, Stilwell, Kan.
    45. A.J. Vanegas, rhp, Redwood Christian HS, San Lorenzo, Calif.
    46. Garin Cecchini, 3b, Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.
    47. James Paxton, lhp, Grand Prairie (American Assoc.)
    48. Sammy Solis, lhp, San Diego
    50. Jesse Hahn, rhp, Virginia Tech

  10. Based on information out there my guess is that they pop Marcus Littlewood if he’s there.

  11. I agree with Pat Burrell, if I had to guess I’d say Littlewood or maybe Scott Frazier since Salisbury connected those names with the Phillies earlier and they would be appropriate value there.

  12. I’m no amateur afficiando. I start to pay attention when Phils draft a guy. So for the experts: Can Gyorko plat at 3B? Reports say adequate arm, not a lot of range at SS. They see him at 2B. But maybe he will be a .300 hitter with 15-20 HRs at 3B? And as a college guy, might move fast enough to replace Polanco? Reasonable speculation? No?

    I just like drafting guys who really know how to hit and have some power too. A Wade Boggs lite at 3B might not be a bad deal.

  13. Hey, I’m also liking the write-up on Eibner. Three good pitches, throws 92-93, has hit 94, smooth mechanics, throws strikes, some real projection once he focuses on pitching only.

    Opinions? Am I crazy?

  14. At this point, I would have been thinking James Paxton made a mistake by not signing and moving to an independent league last season. But that was in the days before Scott Boras existed. Not only will be be drafted at a later position than he was last year, but he will also make a ton more money than he was offered last year.

    The baseball amateur draft is so wrong on so many levels. Here’s hoping the Phillies decide to take and sign three to four really tough signs in later rounds. Because they certainly did not take the best player available with their first round pick.

  15. The Phills tend to shine around picks 5-12. They see what’s falling and adjust accordingly. Granted Biddle doesn’t seem that great but even if he becomes a mid rotation lefty or a power arm out of the pen, the value is their. The Phills don’t and won’t put too much money into 1 or 2 picks. They like to spread it out. I just feel a big 1st rounder might mean no or fewer gambles later on, for example Colvin and Cosart.

  16. I love how the draft works out in baseball. While it may not be best for competitive balance, I tend to think that’s a red herring because it’s actually not too expensive for lower budget clubs to fully participate, it’s just a matter of appropriately allocating resources (see Royals/pirates drafts last year). But to me the MLB draft is more interesting than those of other sports because instead of being strictly about talent, it’s about value, which mixes talent with cost. This makes arguments for or against a particular player much more nuanced. On the other hand, I can see how for the casual fan, it makes the draft something of an enigma, and far less accessible.

    At any rate, blah blah blah, I don’t mind the Biddle pick, and I think you see the phillies taking the same approach as they do in the carribbean, focusing on spreading around moderate bonuses (ala Singleton/altherr/Sampson/May/etc. ad nauseum) to a bunch of high-potential picks but not breaking the bank for any one prospect. That’s their approach to maximizing value, and I’m pretty sure I agree with it.

  17. In all seriousness, the baseball draft is designed to be as anti-competitive as possible and in several different respects. It is a gigantic anti-trust violation shielded by baseball’s anti-trust exemption and fueled, in large part, by real and imagined fears, including and especially fears of the powerful players’ union and powerful player agents.

    In a perfect world, the MLB draft would work a lot like the other drafts in major league sports. Picks would be freely alienable (tradeable) and player costs would be capped, at least to some degree – both at the draft level and at the team level. However, you cannot cap costs because the players union will not permit signing caps. So you have an uncapped environment.

    In this uncapped environment, I think that baseball as a whole is scared to death of having alienable picks because they are worried that a very few teams will trade for the top picks and will pay top dollar. I think they are also concerned that this, in turn, will have two very negative effects. First, draft talent will be hoarded by the richest teams – which (according to the theory) means that the one way that the “lesser” teams have of improving will be impaired. Second, the huge bonuses given to the top picks will dramatically increase bonuses that have to be paid to later picks.

    The real question is whether these fears are justified and whether, in fact, baseball would be better with a system in which picks could freely be traded. I think, quite honestly, that it would be good for baseball if you had the trading of picks. To begin, the fear of increased bonuses and the hoarding of talent is exaggerated. This actually goes on now – a player (often a Scott Boras client) announces a price and tells teams not to bother drafting him unless they pay a King’s ransome – so, the best teams do have the ability to outbid the smaller teams – the process just occurs in a bit more covert manner. Second, it presumes that the Commissioner’s Office knows better what the teams need than the teams to themselves – if a team thinks the draft is really deep through the supplemental round, why shouldn’t a team be able to trade a top 10 pick for a first round pick and two supplemental picks if it feels that it can get better by doing this transaction. Third, the Commissioner’s Office could still make slot recommendations – I don’t think changing the format will dramatically change teams’ desires to stick with the recommendations wherever possible – to the contrary, the teams are still incentivized to keep those costs as low as possible for themselves. Fourth, changing the draft in this way will have numerous beneficial effects – it will greatly increase the interest in the draft and in baseball (can you imagine a tiny story in the Daily News for an Eagles first round pick like the miniature write-up given for Biddle? It was a joke.), and, for the skillful team it will allow them to reverse their fortunes much more quickly by accumlating picks – can you imagine how excited we might be knowing that, at any time, the Phillies might be moving up and down the draft board and trading picks. Finally, for really crazy deals, the Commissioner’s Office could always reserve its right to void deals that were not in the best interests of baseball, such as selling picks for cash, etc. . . .

    Baseball needs a free and open draft process where picks can be traded. The benefits for teams and the league would clearly outweigh the risks. And, guess what, if it doesn’t work, they can always go back to the old system.

  18. Catch 22 – The reason there isn’t as much interest in the MLB Draft as there is in the NFL one is not because of the inability to trade draft picks. There are three reasons it’s not as popular. First, it’s 50 rounds long… then signing picks can take forever (2+ months). Second, there is both high school and college talent, and it’s incredibly difficult to know the scouting reports on all of them, and to compare talent levels/projectability. Finally, college baseball doesn’t have a following the way college football (or even basketball) does.

    These are the reasons the draft isn’t popular and commercialized. It has nothing to do with trading picks.

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