Today Baseball America released their Draft Report card for the 2012 draft (article can be read here
). BA has put out some awards with a short blip, I have added some more information to each profile:
BA’s Quick Take:
Despite forfeiting their first-round pick by signing Jonathan Papelbon, the Phillies added a pair of promising high school pitchers with supplemental picks they got for losing Raul Ibanez and Ryan Madson.
Best Pure Hitter:
Andrew Pullin (OF/2B) – Pullin was the Phillies 5th round pick, an outfielder in high school the Phillies are moving him to second base. Pullin’s hitting style is unorthodox but he keeps his hands in the zone and has the ability to spray line drives all over the field.
Cameron Perkins (1B/3B/OF) – Perkins drafted out of Purdue in the 6th round. Perkins has a good feel for hitting and a fast bat, he proved throughout his college career that he can make good contact.
Best Power Hitter:
Dylan Cozens (OF) – Cozens was the Phillies second round pick, picked with the compensation pick for Ryan Madson. There are questions about how his defense will profile long term and whether he will make enough contact. However, Cozens’ raw power is immense and it could carry him through the minor leagues.
Chris Serritella (1B) – A college red-shirt senior taken in the 4th round, Serritella has plus power and a good feel for hitting. He is limited to first base long term but he has better upside than most college first basemen drafted.
Steven Golden (OF) – A raw high school outfielder taken in the 13th round, Golden is a good athlete with plus speed. He isn’t a burner, on a whole the Phillies draft didn’t have a ton of high upside speed like it did in 2011 with Roman Quinn.
Best Defensive Player:
Zach Green (3B) – Green the Phillies 3rd round pick was a high school shortstop. Green doesn’t have the range to stick at shortstop, but he is a plus defender at third base where he has great instincts and hands, and a plus arm.
Mitch Gueller (RHP) – Gueller was the second of the Phillies two supplemental first round picks. Gueller is a great athlete who was almost as good a prospect as a position player. His fastball sits 90-93 and can touch as high as 95.
Best Secondary Pitch:
Shane Watson (RHP) – Watson was the Phillies first pick of the 2012 draft, taken in the supplemental first round. Watson’s fastball is a tick behind Gueller’s but his curveball is a true plus pitch that gives him a true out pitch. Watson was limited in his debut when it was discovered in his post draft medicals that he had diabetes.
Best Pro Debut – Hoby Milner (LHP) – 7th round
Best Athlete – Dylan Cozens
Most Intriguing Background – Andrew Pullin – Pullin was an ambidextrous pitcher in high school
Closest to the Majors – Hoby Milner
Best Late Round Pick – Drew Anderson (RHP) – 21st round – showed a solid fastball and plus breaking ball
Ones who got Away – Alec Rash (RHP – 2nd round) Rash did not pitch well in the spring, including a large drop in velocity: David Hill (RHP – 17th round) Hill has more upside than Rash, but despite a strong push the Phillies were unable to sign him away from a Long Beach State commitment