2019 Amateur Draft and J2 Discussion, February 18, 2019

As promised, here is a thread for discussion of the amateur draft and J2 signing period that are about 4 months down the road.   I’m providing this space for those who are ready to enter discussion about this year’s crop of prospects.  You can place video, scouting reports, or just comments here.  I’ll create a menu potion above to collect these articles all in one place for easy access through the spring.

This space is for the discussion of prospects in the upcoming draft and J2 signing season.  This is NOT a space for you to continue complaining about past picks and the past/current draft philosophy.  That horse has been beaten to death in  weekly open discussions.  If you must, keep it there.

And this is NOT the place for Machado/Harper/Trout discussion.  Those comments will be deleted and the offenders run the very real risk of being blocked.

8 thoughts on “2019 Amateur Draft and J2 Discussion, February 18, 2019

  1. I think the Phillies go pitching this time around.
    And maybe somewhere between a true HSer and a thid yearcollege guy….maybe even a JUCO like RHP Carter Stewart, former Brave pick that did not sign last year.
    Out of East Florida State College …I know how many directional colleges are there now in Florida!……he seems to have the size and velo (mid-90s) for a TOR pitcher and another year advanced from his HS pitching days.
    I am sure the cross-checkers are checking him out…he could be there in the teens come June.

  2. Stewart would be a nice pick up if he falls to us, and Stinson and Thompson are 2 good Left Handed Pitchers projected to go before we pick, but maybe someone drops. I think the best Pitcher on the board is the pick this year.

  3. i’d love to see them get stewart, if he drops. i think it has to be a pitcher. they need to draft a potential ace for the future. always a risk, but i think they have to go this way this year. not sure who the top college hurlers are, but they should be considered also.

    1. Dlite … Romus shared BA’s scouting report on Garcia in last week’s draft/J2 thread. IIRC, he’s 6’1″, 160. Plus-plus speed. Plus defense. You can go to last week’s thread for the full report.

  4. Like many (it seems) on here, I’d like the Phillies to strongly consider a pitcher with their first pick this year. Somehow, I doubt they will. However, that’s not going to stop me from monitoring arms this spring.

    The college season kicked off this past weekend. The pitcher that made the greatest first impression on the new season was WVU’s Alek Manoah. The big (6’6″, 260 lb) RH’er is a lot like Spencer Howard in that he is making the conversion from reliever to starter is his draft year. He set the tone this summer when he totaled 33.1 IP, 15 H, 11 BB, 48 K, 2.70 ERA.
    On friday night, Manoah was absolutely dominant in the Mountaineers loss to Kennesaw State. He allowed 1 ER over 6 IP. He allowed just 5 H, 0 BB, and K’d 13.
    Kiley McDaniel (and dozens of scouts) witnessed Manoah’s performance.

    D1 Baseball.com ranks Manaoh the #9 overall college prospect, and the #5 college arm for June’s draft.
    Here’s a blurb from former Phillies area scout Dave Seifert’s report on Manoah this summer in Cape Cod action:

    “Extra-large-bodied righty in the Jonathan Broxton mold, Manoah consistently pitched at 92-96 mph, mostly 95-96 during both looks. Throws all from the stretch and relatively easy from a high three-quarters slot. Fastball has finish, as it jumped through the zone with bore at times. Swing/miss pitch. Above average-to-plus slider. Showed great feel. Most were hard sweepers while flashing solid depth as well. Simply by throwing it harder and keeping the L shape in his arm at release, the pitch has the potential to be a ML swing/miss pitch. I don’t throw 70 grades (plus-plus) too often on amateur players, but that’s where this pitch may end up down the road. Manoah also mixed in an occasional firm changeup at 88 mph.”

    Manoah is currently projected to be available when the Phillies pick at 1-14. That could change if he continues to dominate as a starter this season.

    The other college arm to have a huge first outing this season is a new name (at least for me). Drew Jameson is a draft eligible sophomore from Ball State. The RH’er was unhittable on Friday night vs Stanford. Jameson totaled 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 9 K. Unlike Manoah, Jameson is on the smaller side (6’0, 165 lbs), and that should probably limit him to a day two pick.

    The Phillies will lose their second round pick when they sign Bryce Harper so Jameson will have to last to 3-14 for him to be available for Johnny Almaraz.

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