After a fast start, the Phillies VSL squad has fallen back to a 6-7 record. With a younger roster the Phillies will probably have less success than last year championships squad, but may still have some prospects. Several 16 and 17 year olds are getting lots of playing time. A 16-year-old hitting .230 in this league may end up being a better prospect than a 20-year-old hitting .330. Unlike last year the Phillies also do not appear to have a dominant starter like Moises Melendez last year. The two best starters are 20-year-olds Juan Colmenarez and Freddy Ballesta. Both are having good years, though not as effective as Melendez or Mauricio Romero from last year’s team. As usual, the team is offensively challenged, though a couple of new signees (Winder Torres and Luis Martinez) are potential solid prospects.
Brief notes on the better prospects and performers are as follows:
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Ok, so we’ve done a lot of discussing, we’ve looked at a lot of different guys, and now it’s time to figure out who the Phillies should take, who they are likely to take, what the best case scenario would be, and on the flipside, what the worst case scenario could be. The draft is very volatile, meaning that one guy going higher or lower than expected could cause a ripple effect and influence many other picks. For that reason, I’m only going to guess the #19 and #37 picks, because, well, at #84, there’s really no telling who may have slipped because of signability. So, I’ll give you my “best case” for both picks, listing 3 players who would be ideal at that spot, in my order of preference, and then I’ll give the “worst case”, 3 guys I really don’t want to see, then I’ll sum it up with my exact guess on the pick. Tomorrow I’ll roll out my complete mock draft of the first round, we’ll see how close I can get. If you’d like to take a guess yourself, check back to last week, I made a mock draft post with the draft order, just copy that into an e-mail, fill it out, and send it to me, I’ll post your results along with mine. On to the picks
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