I was busy earlier tonight and didn’t really have time to address what was happening, and then I basically just gave my split second reaction to the picks. Not a whole lot has changed, but I do have some more thoughts on this. I’m just gonna use bullet points, so check below the fold
* Not having a first round pick, and more specifically, not having a boatload of picks in the first 3 rounds like last year, I wasn’t expecting a bonanza with this draft. My hope was that we’d look to add guys with qualities that our system doesn’t currently possess. Those are, in my opinion; guys with plus raw power, middle infield prospects, and corner infield prospects. I was also interested in prep lefties, since we’re seemingly stacked with interesting RHP prospects.
* Our first pick, if he remains at 1B, could just be an interesting guy. He seems to have a fluid swing, he has present power and maybe more to come. He seems like a good athlete. And that’s fine. But was he the best option available? He was ranked 76th in his own STATE, and ranked in the 200’s overall by PG Crosschecker. These sites like BA and PCG aren’t perfect, sometimes guys get underrated/overrated and sometimes guys fall through the cracks. But I think its one thing to maybe take the 125th rated prospect in a draft at 75, and another thing to take the 236th rated prospect in the draft at 75. I hope Dugan wants to sign, I hope he stays at 1B, I hope the power is legit, and I hope he turns into a Lance Berkman type offensive player.
* Our second pick, I’ll do no apologizing for. Our system right now is loaded with projects. Our 1st round pick from last season struck out in 47% of his AB’s last year in rookie ball, he just turned 20 two months ago, and he’s not even in a full season league. Zach Collier (who actually looked more polished when he was drafted) and Anthony Gose, last years tools projects, are both sporting .300 OB% numbers (sub .300 in Collier’s case) in A ball. Hudson, beyond being another athlete that can’t hit, apparently has attitude/motivation issues, and seems like he really wants to attend college. Maybe thats a smoke screen, maybe he’ll sign for a reasonable amount of money. But is he really what we needed in the 3rd round? Couldn’t he have waited until the 6th or 7th round? I didn’t want a Tyler Mach-esque college senior scrub here, but surely there were better options available.
* I’m not really sure what people expect me to say. Have the Phillies scouted these guys more than me? Obviously. But does that mean I shouldn’t be disappointed with the guys they took? If you want to read gushing reviews of the picks, just check the Phillies official site tomorrow. That’s not what I’m trying to do here. If I’d have liked the picks, I’d have certainly said it. I have no anti-Phillies agenda. I praised last year’s draft, I praised a number of the picks we made and the signings we pulled off. Its really easy to say “well, just give them the benefit of the doubt”, but again, that’s not my interest here. My interest is to make a judgment based on the info I have, and then see what happens. Its not like I won’t root for these guys, or all of the guys we end up taking tomorrow. They’re Phillies prospects, I’ll support them until they’re all stars or until the org releases them. But I;m allowed to voice my concern over picks, prospects or anything else. If you don’t like it, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion. The same people telling me I’m overreacting now are the same people who defended the Anthony Hewitt selection last year and the Greg Golson type picks in years past. Everyone has a take, and that’s fine, that’s what this place is about.
I’m going to lock the other thread comments wise, share all your day 1 thoughts here. I’ll be in and out tomorrow but I’ll make sure I start a Day 2 thread before the picks start.