The 2016 draft discussion continues here. These discussions will be accessible under “The Draft” menu option “2016 Draft Discussions and Picks” for reference.
The First Year Player Draft (Rule 4 Draft) will begin on Thursday, June 9th. I will provide Daily discussion pages for comments similar to last year. I will also consolidate information on the Phillies’ selections in a draft tracker spread sheet just like last year. In addition to player info, it will contain bonus information and signing dates.
I will update as the information is released, leaked, or otherwise becomes available. If you uncover any signing information, share it and I’ll update the tracker.
BA updated their Top 100 Draft Prospects on May 5th. The top ten were –
- #1 – A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida
- #2 – Riley Pint, RHP, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, KA
- #3 – Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat HS, NJ
- #4 – Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer
- #5 – Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee
- #6 – Corey Ray, OF, Louisville
- #7 – Delvin Perez, SS, International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R.
- #8 – Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, CA
- #9 – Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence (Ala.) HS
- #10 – Blake Rutherford, OF, Chaminade College Prep HS, Canoga Park, CA
As we approach Draft Day, this is your last chance to express your opinion on whom the Phillies should select with their first pick. The next draft discussion will come out after the Phillies have made their choice.
Back in March, I took part in a preseason survey of people who write about the Phillies, write about Phillies’ prospects, see Phillies’ prospects, or you write about baseball nationally. One of the questions was –
Who do the Phillies take with the #1 pick in the draft?
This was my answer. “Best player available. I believe they have already made up their collective minds and that only an injury to or an implosion by that player will change their minds. I believe it will be a pitcher. I believe that they don’t care about the college v. HS debate as much as others. But, I believe their experience of having once drafted a local HS pitcher with a high pick may influence them a little. All that to say A.J. Puk.”
Now, with the draft upon us, I still feel the same way. I might prefer seeing them go in a different direction, but I’m confident, they will make a good choice. Their recent track record would support such confidence in the organization – Crawford in 2013, Nola in 2014, and Randolph in 2015.