There will be 74 picks tonight, through the end of the Competitive Balance B round after Round 2, and The Phils will select seventh tomorrow at the front of round three. We know The Phils will have a bunch of very talented options at #7, and that is in constant flux, at least to the people who are out there writing about it. Tyler Kolek seems to be falling on many boards, and as sure a Top 5 pick as he was a week ago, I’m that sure today that I wouldn’t put very much money at all on him being popped in the Top 10. He probably still, will, but it’s seemingly less of a lock than it was.
No matter who they get at 1.7, the Phils do have another pick today, it’s 2.6 (Seattle lost their second round pick when they signed Robinson Cano), or pick #47. I’m not going to write up much for each guy, and this may be a good place for some crowd sourced opinion on what the Phils might do with this second rounder, but here are a handful of guys who might be available and attractive to the Phillies, or are at least attractive to me for the team to take, and a couple names ranked around that pick who I think the Phils would not or could not take. I’ve included their BA Top 500 rankings so those casual draft fans among you can easily read something about them if you’re a subscriber, though remember that BA’s rankings are just one (well-researched) opinion of many.
(BA #27) Foster Griffin, LHP, First Academy (FL) – Has drawn Cole Hamels comps. I have not seen him picked in a ton of mocks, most of which go no deeper than 41. Could be on the board, could easily be long gone, as BA has him at #17 today to KC.
(BA #37) Michael Kopech, RHP, Mt Pleasant HS (TX) – Live arm, 6’3″ 190lbs, athletic, but with what BA calls a “high-maintenance” delivery. Sounds like a good pick for the Phils if they take a college arm at 1.7.
(BA #42) Joey Gatto, RHP, St. Augustine Prep, Hammonton, N.J. – South Jersey kid who was discussed on the Crashbag podcast by Mike and Eric last night. He’s a year old for the draft, at 19, which is a legitimate concern when drafting a high schooler, for projection reasons as well as roster reasons – he loses that fifth year of protection from Rule 5 and is treated like a first year JuCo player would be.
(BA #44) Marcus Wilson, OF, Serra HS (CA) – Toolsy outfielder. Phils have been known to like that type in the past. Not sure if you were aware. I don’t see it happening this year, though.
(BA #45) Michael Cederoth, RHP, San Diego State – Makes little sense for the Phils – He’s a power arm and could move fast towards the bigs, so he makes more sense for someone currently contending or on the cusp. I only mention him because I don’t know that the Phils have given up on being “close to contending”.
(BA #49) Justus Sheffield, LHP, Tullahoma HS (Tenn.) – First off, he’s apparently no relation to Gary, but his brother was a top-two-rounds type last year before he needed TJ and went to Vanderbilt. I’ve seen Sheffield in the mix in the back of the first round, so BA’s ranking might be a bit low compared to where he gets popped tonight.
Alright, I think that’s all for now. Cormican did a similar thing yesterday at the Good Phight, with some video. Check that out, too. One of his mentions was a guy I like for the Phillies tomorrow for personal reasons – Jake Stinnett, RHP from U of Maryland. I saw him against Carlos Rodon and NC State in College Park this spring and he looked very good. He could be gone by 3.7, especially as a Top-100 type senior who could net someone a very nice slot discount, and I don’t see the value at #47 unless there’s a real targeted overslot coming in round three or beyond, a la Cord Sandberg in 2013.