With today’s article by Jim Salisbury, highlighting a number of guys the Phillies have expressed interest in, I figured now was as good a time as any to post my thoughts on these guys. I’m hoping Jim has another article this weekend with some last minute thoughts on who the Phillies are narrowing in on even further, as he’s in a class by himself when it comes to draft matters as they impact the Phillies. I’ll definitely have something else up this weekend, and then we’ll tune in Monday night to see the compensation round, and then rounds 2-30 on Tuesday, which I will be providing coverage for, and rounds 31-50, which Ryan will be helping with. The draft is always one of the busiest times of the year for the site here, and I’m grateful for all of my visitors, those who care about the draft and those who don’t just the same. In case you’ve missed it, v1.0 of my notebook is here and v2.0 is here. Now, 3.0 commences below the fold.
What if I was to tell you Trevor May had his best start of the year, and the Clearwater box score was a treasure trove of exciting nuggets. Would that be something you’d be interested in seeing?
I wanted to give go over a few important links that have been pointed out to me.
Jim Salisbury, the only beat guy who makes a concerted effort to prep us for the draft, has up a column where he name drops a bunch of guys the Phillies are interested in. Read it here. My thoughts? Nimmo, Fernandez, Chafin, Hedges and possibly Miller will be gone by pick 39. I still expect the Phillies will take RHP Jeff Ames with either their 2nd or 3rd pick. Hes a Pacific Northwest guy, Phillies drafted him a few years ago, and his stuff has improved quite a bit since then. I think he’s rated in the 100-110 range or so, so our 2nd round pick seems like a good bet.
I also wanted to point out a website called Stadium Journey, which does extensive write-ups of lots of minor league parks, complete with pictures and other tidbits. If you can’t get to these places because you live thousands of miles away, its kind of cool to see the confines. You can see the tour of Brighthouse Field here and check out the rest of the site for some of the grounds of our enemies.
Yet another successful Week for Lehigh Valley who went 5-2 since our last report and at 32-20, remain atop the Northern Division of the International League, three games ahead of second place Scranton. The Magic Number is 91 (hadda say it). Lehigh Valley concludes their series in Gwinnett tonight, before traveling to Charlotte for a four game series.
Leaders: Hitting: Jeff Larish is 5th in homers (10); Erik Kratz is tied for 7th in homers (9); Rich Thompson leads the league in stolen bases (18) Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report 02 June 2011