The Phillies selected Alec Bohm with their first round pick Monday. They were idle until the fourth round Tuesday. They had lost their second and third round picks when they signed free agents Carlos Santana and Jake Arrieta this off season.
Here are all 8 picks through the conclusion of Round 10 with MLB notes (in italics) where available.
- Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State – “Coming into 2018, scouts were divided as to which of Wichita State’s two potential first-round position players was better. Greyson Jenista has more all-around ability and won the Cape Cod League MVP award last summer, but Bohm posted better numbers there and does a better job of tapping into his considerable power potential. Though Jenista has had a good junior season, Bohm has been great and settled the argument, thrusting himself into consideration as a top-five-overall pick. Bohm manages the strike zone very well and makes consistent hard contact from the right side of the plate. He doesn’t strike out as much as Jenista, has an edge in bat speed and his stroke is more geared to generate power at this point. He understands that he doesn’t have to sell out to hit home runs, so he doesn’t. Bohm doesn’t offer much when he’s outside of the batter’s box, however. Though he has worked diligently to improve at third base, he lacks quickness and range, his hands are just fair and his arm is only average. He’ll probably wind up at first base but has the offensive upside to profile there.“
- (Carlos Santana)
- (Jake Arrieta)
- Colton Eastman, RHP, Cal State Fullerton – “Over the years, Cal State Fullerton has been a veritable factory producing right-handers who really know how to pitch and compete without premium stuff. In 2015, Tom Eshelman went in the second round to the Astros. Two years later, the Phillies took Connor Seabold in the third round. This year, it’s Colton Eastman’s turn and he’s hoping to join his predecessors in the top three rounds. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has been a solid college performer, with a highlight being throwing Fullerton’s fifth no-hittter in history in late March. As a freshman, he was touching 94 mph with his fastball, but hasn’t gotten back there since, typically sitting in the 89-92 mph range. Early this season, Eastman used a plus changeup with tremendous success and showed a below-average breaking ball. Over the course of the spring, his curve has bounced back and flashes above-average, but his changeup has regressed. He’s a strike-thrower, but not quite with the precision Eshelman or Seabold showed during their days anchoring the Titans rotation. Eastman missed a good chunk of his sophomore season with elbow inflammation and has not pitched over the summer in either of the past two years. He’s shown no ill effects this year, though, and a team that believes he could have two above-average secondary offerings to go along with his feel for pitching could snag him early as a back-end starter type who could move quickly.”
- Matt Vierling, CF, Notre Dame – “Vierling hit .310 with a .402 on-base percentage and .505 slugging percentage for Notre Dame this season, while tying for the team lead with 10 home runs. The 6-foot-2 junior — who was drafted by the Cardinals in the 30th round in 2015 before attending school — is an athletic center fielder with above-average speed. He’s also pitched at times, with a 90-to-93 mph fastball and high-80s cutter as a righty on the mound.”
- Logan Simmons, SS, Tattnall Square Academy (GA) – “A Rawlings-Perfect Game First Team All-American entering the year, Simmons had something of a rough season. The Georgia Tech commit has a lot of power, but he also swings-and-misses a lot, with a swing that has a lot of moving parts. When he makes contact, though, the ball goes a long way. Simmons has average speed, and he might be more of a third baseman or outfielder than a shortstop down the road.“
- Gabriel Cotto, LHP, Puerto Rico BB Academy
- Seth Lancaster, SS, Coastal Carolina
Dominic Pipkin, RHP, Pinole Valley HS (CA) – “While the high school arms in other parts of the country get more attention, Pipkin made sure Northern California would be visited frequently by scouts when he kept pace with top prep prospect Ethan Hankins (Georgia) velocity-wise at the Area Code Games over the summer. His stock took a hit when he broke out of the gate poorly this spring, but he was righting the ship as his senior season wore on. Tall, athletic and projectable physically, Pipkin screams upside potential. With a quick arm and long frame, he was up to 95-96 mph at Area Codes and maintained his velocity across two innings of work, though he was more in the 92-93 mph range early this spring. He’s demonstrated the makings of good secondary offerings as well, flashing a plus slider and showing feel for a changeup, giving him the chance to have three at least average pitches at his disposal. All of it comes from an easy and clean delivery. The biggest question mark around Pipkin is with his command and control, which can be shaky at times. There’s reason to hope that his athleticism and delivery will lend itself to harnessing his stuff, especially as he matures. His ceiling could be entice a team to draft him early enough to not head down the road to California for college ball.“
- Madison Stokes, SS, South Carolina – “Stokes has had a substantive injury history (foot in 2016, wrist in ‘17 and hamstring in ‘18) and not much success to this point his his collegiate career, but he does have raw power and good speed. He’s also versatile, able to play first base and potentially shortstop.”
Pick ten looks like an under slot signing to free up some money to use elsewhere.
The Phillies bonus pool of $8,858, 500 breaks down as follows (round, pick, $) –
- 1st: 3 – $6,947,500
- 4th: 107 – $522,900
- 5th: 137 – $390,600
- 6th: 167 – $292,700
- 7th: 197 – $228,000
- 8th: 227 – $180,600
- 9th: 257 – $153,600
- 10th: 287 – $142,600
Schedule (All Times ET)
- Wednesday, June 6
- Day 3
Live on MLB.com
Round 11 begins at noon ET
Draft picks and signings will be tracked on the 2018 Phuture Phillies Draft Tracker.
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