The 2011 Draft Picks register is up and running

You can find it by clicking this link. But for future reference, go to the “Draft” tab at the top of the site and in the dropdown menu, select 2011.

If you find any articles or notes or anything else, please post it on that page. Thanks!

20 thoughts on “The 2011 Draft Picks register is up and running

    1. The article on Garvey seems to give the impression he’s signable if the Phils make him a decent offer, so that’s good if the Phils are truly interested. Walding seems like he wants to sign too according to his article. Good stuff get them signed and get them going!

  1. Did you happen to read the 2nd page of the Garvey article? At the bottom of the article you had to click NEXT to see the rest of the article.

    Garvey’s high school teammate was drafted by Colorado. Here is his bizarre quote:

    “The Rockies are a very good, Christian organization,” he said. “They have a great farm system.”

    A very good, christian organization? Huh? What in the world does that mean?

    How strange is that?

    1. A lot of the owners of the minor league teams of the Rockies are very religious. I know Colorado Springs is that way, I cant speak for the rest of the teams but they are a very strict organization and don’t like guys who are hardcore partiers.

      1. Kevin Goldstein just told an anecdote recently on his podcast about the draft. Apparently an unnamed team(I guessed the Rockies at the time) had two guys work out as their first round pick. One guy was a high end prospect but answered the team sponsored “how would you describe your relationship with the lord?” question with “not much of one”. The other guy working put answered with a “very strong”. They took the religious guy. The non-religious guy is a perennial all star now and the other guy is out of baseball. Just thought it was interesting and slightly illegal haha.

  2. I don’t know if this is the right area for me to post this, so james please delete it or move it if you think there’s a better thread for it, but I had my baseball guy write up some note on the guys through the first 30 rounds that he had seen personally.

    Larry Green – Ran a 6.8 at a PG event, so he has the speed to stick in the corner outfield. However, he’s already listed at 230 by most publications, and he’s going to have to keep that body in shape. Green is a naturally thick kid and carries it well, but you always wonder about high school kids with that weight and only a 6-6’1 frame. He’s more of a dead pull guy right now, but he has a lot of power. His swing generates a lot of life because his bat flight path is on a slight uppercut plane. Balanced step and load action at the plate and strong hands to get the barrel to the ball. Not sure if he’ll grow anymore height wise, but we’ll see. His raw power is his best tool, and it’s one of the best raw power tools of all the prep players.

    Roman Quinn – Surprised he was drafted as a SS. I guess the Phillies are willing to give him a look there, but I don’t think his glove sticks. He stabs at the ball when he fields, especially with the backhand, and he doesn’t possess soft hands defensively. Quinn’s speed is probably his best tool, and he can absolutely fly; we’re talking a 6.5 type of 60 guy here and that is plus stuff. For a 5-10, 170 pound high school prospect, his hands, bat speed, and bat all seemed stronger than they should be for a player his size. If he sticks at short, it will be a surprise to me. In the outfield, he has a potential plus arm. The buzz around FSU is that the Noles expect him to sign.

    Harold Martinez – If he was eligible last year he probably would have been a first round type of talent after leading Miami in homers with 21. This year, he hit just three and didn’t even reach double digits in doubles. Could it have been the bats? Possibly. You really have to square it up now to make the ball go. It doesn’t make sense when you watch his swing and that everything about his load step, balance, and weight transition is very good. This was a guy that competed in the Cape Cod League home run derby in 2009 and has some pop in his bat. The one area of concern is that he hasn’t mastered squaring the ball up perfectly yet because his bat doesn’t stay in the hitting zone quite long enough, and it almost looks like he’s trying to make his swing too perfect, which could be why he gets stiff at times with his arms. The stiffness in the arms might give up problems with top velocity. When he does square the ball up and get those arms extended, it jumps off his bat. Bat speed isn’t an issue. The power is still in there, and he has a great looking, extremely athletic 6-3 frame that is very athletic/muscular. A professional hitting coach could make a huge difference for Martinez. This is a very good value in the third round, plus his 2009 Cape Cod League manager raves about him.

    Adam Morgan – One of the blessings with being left-handed is that you can be extremely effective without being overpowering. That’s Morgan. He’s not going to light up the radar gun, but he can be an 88-92 guy. His mechanics are fluid, in rhythm, and quick. The lefty armslot is 3/4, which allows for some natural left-handed tailing action on the fastball and changeup. Arm action is well above average and he’s not a really high effort pitcher. Morgan will mix in an average slider and the makings of an above average changeup. If he can command that three-pitch mix, Morgan could stick as a possible starter. Has versatility to contribute as a potential reliever which a chance to get through the system quicker, or as a starter with a limited ceiling. Scouts saw enough improvement in his command to warrant a third round pick. If there is a downside, it’s that he doesn’t consistently get his lower half into his delivery. At times, it’s almost like he cuts off his arm action and fights his body. Even though his arm action is good, the extension at release could be improved. Normally, that means there is some hidden velocity in there. Got roughed up at times this season when he didn’t hold his stuff late.

    Cody Asche – Fairly traditional left-handed swing that generates some loft and carry because of a slight uppercut. Potential plus bat tool if it develops and shows good bat speed. Upright stance, very soft and small load step, and keeps weight back. Handles pitches down a little better than up or away. Defensively, where does he stick? Has decent arm but lacks range at third. Bat makes him a top three round talent.

    Tyler Greene- Excellent tools. He’s got the glove to stick at short and the athleticism to go with it. Greene also has borderline plus speed, but it plays as more of an above average tool. Plenty of arm. Offensively, strong, quick hands and a good looking bat tool. Shifts too much weight on the front half, but that’s correctable. Swing will generate lift as he gets bigger and stronger; Florida product has good arm extension in swing. Will need to learn to really let the ball travel. Can he get signed away from Georgia? He’s a top three round talent without the signability issues.

    Colton Murray – reliever all the way. Low 90’s sinker with late life and a deceptive delivery. Power slider that is above average when he commands it. Could be a guy that gets through system quickly, but ceiling is limited to being a reliever. Good two-pitch mix.

    Ryan Duke – battled through some stuff this year. Nothing overwhelming stuff wise, but has been more effective than stuff suggests. Limited to a reliever. Good command.

    Michael Rocha – Basically a two-pitch pitcher right now with a fastball and a slider. I think he’s a bullpen type of arm without a high ceiling. He has good velocity and fastball movement early, but doesn’t hold it well late.

    1. Re larry Greene His Mom passed away having had diabetes . That underscores the observation on his weight.The Phils will have to make sure he stays on top of his conditioning and eating habits from the start of his career.

  3. Greene reminds me of Howard and Quinn reminds me of Rollins. Is it possible that, since the Phils have already had success developing players with the skillset of Larry Greene and Quinn, they felt like they could do it again? Rollins and Howard probably had similar scouting reports when they were prospects.

  4. Dicharry has some upside, according to Jason Churchill at ESPN (Insider content). Ketch, do your contacts have anything to say about him?

    1. Oh, he was a better prospect than Jungmann coming out of high school for some, but he’s been injures and just hasn’t put it together the way he needs to. One of my guys says he’s a potential third round type of talent and he will cost some cash because he thinks he can come back and boost his stock.

      Signable, but not a slam dunk.

      1. Phillies should get their medical opinion and if he looks good try to offer him enough to buy him out of the risk decision. Does he have only one more year left? If so, he should not have much leverage next year even if he improves.

  5. Of all the shortstops, Greene might be the only one who can stick, and he has pop. We need to sign this kid. If he wants to make the majors by age 21 or 22, like he says, he can’t do that going to college. Just pay him & get it done.

    1. Agree. He could be our best pick. Or at least compete strongly with L. Greene, Quinn, and Martinez for that title. and I’m liking the practice of drafting conservative early and signing our top picks then being aggressive with the later and flier picks. That reduces the pressure of signing top picks with outrageous demands and largely eliminates potential non-signs of top picks. Hope the Phils go after Greene and 2-3 other high round talents picked later. I’d like to see a haul equivalent to Cosart, Singleton, Brown types in later rounds, maybe not that good, but close.

  6. ketch, great stuff since I know nothing about these guys.

    Rocha seems like the Stutes/Schwimer type. College starter but likely a pro reliever. Hopefully Phillies sign both Rocha and Colton Murray to dominate NYP then help Lakewood in the playoffs with relief innings in A+ next year. These are very smart picks in my opinion.

    Asche may not get much time at 3B with Martinez and others there, but he seems like a potential Dobbs type. Martinez seems like good gamble and Phillies likely took him a bit early so the slot money convinces him to turn pro rather than risk another poor season.
    As a side note I think Larry Greene has one great tool and other reasonable tools — hit for average: unknown, pull hitter but little competition; power: big time; speed: above average though I am not sure what average 60yard time is for a prospect; arm: I assume 90mph from OF is good; defense: average, read he was CF for high school despite his large size.

  7. UPenn pitcher is signed via UPennAthletics twitter acccount. Reporting to Clearwater this week.

  8. Here’s what my baseball writer wrote on Dicharry:

    (Jr. – RHP) Austin Dicharry (Philadelphia Phillies – 41st round, 1261st overall)

    The Phillies took what is referred to as a “flyer” pick on a big-time talent. If he was signable out of high school, Dicharry never would have lasted to the 30th round. Heck, he probably wouldn’t have been available in the fourth round. But after battling a shoulder issue and spending this season working on his mechanics to get back, the talented right-hander just hasn’t thrown enough innings.

    Chances that he signs – It would be silly for Dicharry to sign unless the Phillies fork over near six figures, which is very unlikely. He needs another year to show scouts some live innings, and with a strong senior year could be a top eight round selection next season. As for this season, there is a ten percent chance Dicharry doesn’t return.

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