An official post that will be updated throughout the next couple of days with draft information. Please use this post exclusively for your draft comments. No doubt with the loss of James, draft coverage will suffer. That being said, I will do the best I can to keep everyone updated with what is occurring over the next three days…..
And with their #40 pick, the Phillies select……P Shane Watson, a high school pitcher from California.
The Phils go for Watson, who is a big right handed pitcher with a lean body has been clocked up to 95-96 MPH and generally throws around 92. Watson has a good deal of raw arm strength, but like most high schoolers must work on his consistency. The MLB Network put his comp at Jordan Zimmerman. Watson adds what scouts say is an excellent 12-6 curveball that he throws in the low 80′s. Watson is working on his secondary pitches that include a change and slider. Watson is committed to playing at USC.
With their second pick in the Supplemental Round (#54), the Phils pick high school Mitch Gueller, who is committed to Washington State. A big guy, many are calling the Gueller the best pick from the Northwest in the draft. Keith Law ranked Gueller as the 39th best prospect in the draft as an OF, while Baseball America ranked Guellar #107 as a pitcher. As on the mound, Guellar throws his fastball in the low 90′s with a good change up and a breaking ball that is improving. While Guellar is considered more advanced as a pitcher, Guellar has also shown very good potential as a hitter.
More to come tomorrow.