Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.
The 2015 Draft Tracker is pinned at the top of the site. It has also been added with other 2015 draft stuff under the pull-down menu titled “The Draft”. The Tracker includes bonus information that I have been able to confirm and all signing to date. I added Luke Williams as signed. His Twitter account indicates he is a member of the Philadelphai Phillies and an article from a home town paper indicates he signed, probably for slot.
Some random stuff to light a fire –
- I’ve seen a few bloggers go bonkers over the Phillies selecting SS high in the draft. One questioned whether Crawford was draft fodder after the Randolph pick. After the Williams pick, Canelo’s future was questioned. Comments like these tend to support the contention that some people don’t understand the process. This is not an indictment of anyone who comments here. But more of an observation of all the bloggers, twitter accounts, and media I follow. I understand the level of dislike people have for the current management team. But, criticism for the sake of criticism gets old. When the critic displays a lack of understanding, it renders the criticism moot.
- Drafting the best player available vs. drafting for need. This is an interesting topic. Baseball is different from football or basketball where a player can be drafted and immediately be inserted into a first string position. I’ve only been following the minors for a few years now, so I don’t have a firm position on this. Since a draft pick is a few years away from contributing at the major league level, I guess I can see taking the best player available with your higher picks.
- For a really good article on the draft check out the article James posted on June 9th, if you missed it.
- Sorry, I haven’t been following the Phillies close enough to offer up a subject. Unless you want to talk about Sandberg and his handling of the bullpen. I was one who really looked forward to the day when Sandberg would take over as manager. However, I don’t think I want to see Nola, Biddle, Eflin, et al move up to the majors while Sandberg and McClure are still there.