Today Baseball America released their Draft Report card for the 2012 draft (article can be read here http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/draft/news/2012/2614213.html). 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.
I added a home page for the 2012 draft on the menu bar at the top. Just a place to find all of the discussions from before, during, and after the draft. Here’s a link if you want to bookmark it.
I have compiled what public info I could and read everyone’s comments in the Draft Day Three post. Please let me know if you all have any more info that should be included. Signing dates are from Phillies site on MLB.com. Bonuses are from published reports. Click the graphic to enlarge. Continue reading
Rounds 2-15 will take place today and this is your place to talk about it. I will unfortunately be out of the loop until this evening because of work commitments but will try to gather what info I can to post tonight. Feel free to post whatever you all can find in the comments section during the day. Things get underway at noon, and Victor will be providing updates as the day goes along. Continue reading
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.
Ryan Madson signed a 1 year deal with the Reds, which means another part of the Phillies 2012 draft puzzle has been completed. See the updates below for the clarification of the picks the Phillies received. The news isn’t as good now as we originally thought.
Update –>; The Phillies pick is actually #14, and everyone moves down 1 spot. The new CBA is funky.
Update #2 –>; There is still some confusion as to where the Phillies will pick. I’ve seen multiple reports indicating the Phillies do get pick #14, and others saying the Phillies will receive a 2nd round pick. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Update #3 —> It appears the Phillies weren’t so lucky, and instead will now receive the pick before the Reds second round pick, as well as a sandwich pick. The sandwich pick will be in the 30s, and the pick from the Reds will likely be #72. That’s a bummer.