Welcome to the 5th and final installment of the first set of Draft Report Cards. They’ve been fun to write, I hope they’ve been fun to read, and possibly brought back some memories, both good and bad. The final selection will cover the most picks (rounds 31-50) but will also be the shortest, as there is very little to say about most of these players. The final 20 rounds of the draft are normally used for 3 things: 1.) Taking 4th year seniors to fill out your rookie ball/short season teams 2.) Taking a flier on guys who you doubt you can sign, but will try anyway 3.) Taking guys who you think could be possible draft and follows. If you don’t know, a draft and follow is a player you take out of high school who chooses to attend a junior college. If he attends a junior college and not a 4 year school, you retain his rights up until a week before the next June draft. If the player performs well and you can come to terms on a bonus amount, you can still sign the player. The Angels and Braves have used this system well in recent years.
All of that said, here are the Phillies final 18 picks (we passed after Rd 48), with brief comments
Jeremy Isenhower, 2B – .696 OPS at Lakewood in 2003, released.
Rob Cafiero, 1B – .602 OPS at Batavia in 2002, went to Atlantic League in 2003.
Jeremy Rogelstad, RHP – 3.77 ERA at Batavia in 2002, went to Independent League in 2003.
Beau Richardson, LHP – Reached Clearwater, pitched well from ’02-’04, bombed out in 2005.
Josh Paddock, RHP – ERA (5+) never matched decent peripherals at higher levels. Released after ’05.
Keahi Rawlins, RHP – HS Senior, did not sign
Tim Gradoville, C – Played 36 games in 2006, has been all glove no hit. Non-roster ST invitee
Corey Carter, OF – HS Senior, did not sign
Daniel Lewis, RHP – HS Senior, did not sign
Brandon Joseph, OF – HS Senior, did not sign
McCay Green, RHP – HS Senior, did not sign
Clayton Dirks, LHP – HS Senior, did not sign
Byron Cragg, RHP – HS Senior, did not sign
Jacob Habsieger, LHP – HS Senior, did not sign
Sam Lecure, RHP – HS Senior, did not sign
Dusty Ryan, C – HS Senior, did not sign
Ryan Greives, RHP – HS Senior, did not sign
Dennis Winn, SS – HS Senior, did not sign
I told you this part would be interesting, didn’t I? Oh, you’re right, I didn’t say that. Out of 18 picks, we signed only 6, and of those 6, only Gradoville and Paddock stuck around for an extended period of time. However, most teams it would seem experience the same type of thing in these rounds, which again makes it tough to grade this section. What’s more interesting, perhaps, are the players other teams took. I’ve glanced at the late rounds in 2001, 2003 and 2004, and the final 20 rounds seem to include quite a few more “flier picks” where guys who became higher draft picks were taken in later rounds, and guys who teams went over slot on actually made it to the big leagues. In this draft, that list is really small. These guys are considered prospects and were drafted, but didn’t sign: Cesar Carillo, Tony Sipp, Ryan Patterson, Ricky Romero, Luke Hochevar, Hunter Pence, Ian Bladergroen, and Shawn McGill, who coincidentally, was drafted as a 4 year senior by the Phillies in 2006.
In the 20 rounds and nearly 600 picks, only 4 guys you’ve maybe ever heard of have made it to the big leagues. They are, in order of notoriety, Jon Papelbon, Brian Bannister, Ty Taubenheim and Scott Feldman. All four were drafted by different organizations than they made their breakthrough with, most notably Papelbon, who was a late round pick by Oakland, then later a 4th round pick by Boston. Bannister was drafted by Boston in 2002, then later by the Mets. So, in retrospect, we really didn’t miss much.
Grade: C The last part of the report card was tough to grade, and this part is even tougher. Most teams final 20 picks look just like ours. The fact that Gradoville is still around is surprising, and I think based on the lack of prospects even taken with flier picks by other teams, it’s tough to give the Phillies a harsh grade there. They took their chances on a lot of high school guys, and they didn’t sign any of them. However, none of the guys they chose to not sign amounted to much of anything. Lecure has been modestly successful in the Cincinatti system, but that’s about it.
Final Draft Grade
Now that we’ve completed the report card for the 2002 draft, it’s time to see how the Phillies did. Here’s a recap of their scores for each section
Part 3 (Rd 11-20)
B : 3.00
Part 4 (Rd 21-30)
C- : 1.75
Part 5 (Rd 31-48)
C : 2.00
Using my advanced math skills, the Phillies final “GPA” for this draft was 2.13, which is a solid C. This draft produced one potential superstar in Cole Hamels, one potential middle of the rotation starter/closer in Scott Mathieson, one back end of the rotation/bullpen guy in Zach Segovia, and then a bunch of organizational filler. It’s disappointing to not have been able to even land a few bullpen arms or utility infielders in this crop of suspects. Without Hamels and Mathieson, this draft is a complete disaster.
Hope this was a good read. I plan to move on to 2003, but probably not for a while. These things are exhausting.