2019 Amateur Draft and J2 Discussion, May 27, 2019

One week until the 2019 Amateur Draft.  The Rule 4 Draft.  This is the Phuture Phillies forum for discussion of the amateur draft and J2 signing period (which will begin July 2nd).   I’m providing this space for those want to discuss this year’s crop of prospects.  You can place video, scouting reports, or just comments here.  You can reference these weekly discussions on the menu above.

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.

This will be the last in this series.  Draft coverage will begin next week.

 

67 thoughts on “2019 Amateur Draft and J2 Discussion, May 27, 2019

  1. Conference Tournaments were played last week through this Memorial Day weekend. Here’s how some of college baseball’s top draft prospects fared.

    PITCHERS:

    * Alek Manoah (#11 MLB.com, #9 KLaw, #10 Fangraphs) was actually mocked to the Phillies by Jonathan Mayo (MLB Pipeline and very well connected) last week. Fingers crossed … but … I just can’t see him making it to 1-14. Manoah was dominant again Thursday night in a win against Josh Jung, Gabe Holt (on KLaw’s top 100 draft prospects list), and Texas Tech. Manoah went 8 IP (126 P), 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 10 K. He held Jung hitless in 3 AB’s. The mammoth (6’6″, 260 lb) WVU “ace” is now 102.1 IP, 67 H, 23 BB, 135 K, 1.85 ERA, .186 OBA this season.

    * Nick Lodolo (#8 MLB.com, #10 KLaw, #7 Fangraphs) was the winner in TCU’s opening round BIG 12 Tournament win over Oklahoma State Wednesday. The Horned Frog LHP went 7 IP (104 P), 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 12 K. In 2019, he is 98 IP, 72 H, 21 BB, 125 K, 2.48 ERA, .202 OBA.

    1. * George Kirby (#18 MLB.com, #24 KLaw, #16 Fangraphs) was throwing on 10 days rest, and looked rusty (to be kind) in a loss to UNCW. The Elon University RHP went 5.2 IP (80 P), 8 R, 11 H, 0 BB, 2 K. For the season, Kirby is now 88.1 IP, 73 H, 6 BB, 107 K, 2.75 ERA, .221 OBA.

      * Zack Thompson’s (#14 MLB.com, #22 KLaw, #14 Fangraphs) season is over. Kentucky didn’t qualify for post season play. The Wildcat LHP ends 2019 with 90 IP, 59 H, 34 BB, 130 K, 2.40 ERA, .184 OBA.

      BTW … Thompson (and Manoah and Lodollo) is a nominee for the Golden Spikes Award (best player in college baseball).

      * Jackson Rutledge (#12 MLB.com, #15 KLaw, #18 Fangraphs) is also done for the season. The top JUCO pitcher went 82.2 IP, 42 H, 30 BB, 134 K, 0.88 ERA this year.

      1. * Nick Snyder (not ranked by anyone) is a guy I think should be getting some attention. The WVU LHP (and Cherokee HS grad) had an up and down (more like down and up) BIG 12 Tournament. Snyder started the Mountaineers’ first game, and got shelled (4.2 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP). He fared much better in the conference championship game. On three days rest, Snyder went 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 K. For 2019, the 6’7″, 220 lb Marlton native is 63 IP, 21 H, 31 BB, 97 K, 2.71 ERA, .174 OBA. Keith Law told me (in a chat) Snyder is not a draft prospect, MLB.com, and Fangraphs don’t have him ranked at all. I just don’t get that.

        1. HITTERS:

          * Josh Jung (#12 Fangraphs, #18 KLaw, #16 MLB.com) (Aside from facing Alek Manoah) had a very good BIG 12 Tourney. The Texas Tech 3Bman went 5 for 16 (double & 2 HR’s), 6 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K. Jung is .332/.471/.609, 11 HR, 55 BB/HBP, 37 K.

          * Bryson Stott (#8 Fangraphs, #13 KLaw, #9 MLB.com) was 4 for 14 (double), 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K. This season, the UNLV SS is .356/.486/.599, 10 HR, 16 SB, 57 BB/HBP, 39 K.

          * Shea Langaliers (#19 Fangraphs, #12 KLaw, #10 MLB.com) was 2 for 10 (HR), 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K. The Baylor C is .304/.372/.485, 7 HR this year.

          * Aaron Schunk (#47 Fangraphs, #93 MLB.com, #61 KLaw) was 2 for 10 (double), 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K during Georgia’s run through the SEC Tournament. The Bulldog 3Bman (and one of my favorites) is .343/.377/.576, 11 HR this season.

        2. The only thing I can figure is control. He averages a walk every two innings. I’d like to think that a major league coaching staff would be able to help him. He is stats suggest a good arm and high-end stuff.

          If he really isn’t considered a draftable prospect, why wouldn’t you throw him a $15000 bonus in round ten to secure his rights?

          Interesting find and a name I’ll be looking for next week.

      2. Do you think if Thompson or Rutledge are available at 14, should the Phil’s take them? The last time they had success in the first round (on the mlb level) was drafting Nola. Kinda tired of the toolsy bs anymore.

        1. TBH … I’m not as wild about Thompson as most. His numbers are great, and he’s put them up in the best conference in America … but … his stuff is a little inconsistent for me. He also smaller and missed time last year with an arm injury. Rutledge has a sky high ceiling (has Noah Syndergaard ability), but also comes with huge risk (short track record and long history of guys throwing this hard falling victim to arm injuries). IMO, the Phillies system is lacking the high ceiling types. I’d draft Rutledge over Thompson. At the very least, he’d probably be a more valuable trade chip this offseason/next summer.
          I’m hoping for Alek Manoah. He’s sort of a mix of the two. Manoah has Thompson’s track record/numbers in a really good conference. He also has Rutledge type size and stuff (95-98 explosive FB and plus SL).

          1. You got any reports on D2 pitcher Matthew Minnick from Mercyhurst? 122 K in 68 innings and that’s coming off 2 injury plauged years. I know they had a pitcher drafted in the 5th round by the Marlins last year. Worth taking a shot at him? I’ll still vouch for Jerad Melone from West Chester as well, one of the top D2 hitters the last years. I’m more of a diamond in the rough guy. One more guy would be Dan Wirchansky out of Pace U. in New York, pretty much the D2 ERA ace.

            1. Brian … TBH, the only DII player I’m familiar with is Brenton Doyle (Shepherd Univ in West Virginia).
              I appreciate you mentioning Minnick, Melone, and Wirchansky. I just did a little research and it looks like they’ve all had great careers/put up big time numbers. However, I’ve never seen any of them play, and couldn’t tell you anything about what kind of prospects they are. It appears any of them (especially Minnick) could maybe be day three picks.

  2. I want jung, no righthanders under 90 mph in high school 92 in college, no soft tosser pls

    1. BTW … Nick Snyder’s 2019 stat line is 63 IP, 38 H (not 21 hits I posted above. Sorry about that.), 31 BB, 97 K.

  3. If they are still on the board, based on what I’ve read or heard, my order of preferred picks is:

    RHP Alec Manoah ( not likely to be there but he’s the only 1st round arm I would take, everyone else seems to be a roll of the dice)
    3B Brett Baty (“high school bat” at 19 1/2 – yeah right, though the word is he winds up as a 1b/DH?)
    SS Gunnar Henderson
    3B Josh Jung
    *I also like the fact that these are lefty bats. One of them should be there at 1-14.

  4. Weren’t the Phillies linked to one of the top international players for this upcoming signing period? When I looked at the MLB to players, the Phils aren’t the favorite to sign anyone. Any idea what happened?

  5. 14. Philadelphia Phillies: Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane

    “I’ve heard Philly all over the place — Kirby, Carroll, Brennan Malone and Hoese, in particular, which is one player from each of the four major categories.”

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    This is me (Hinkie) talking now …

    I know this guy has been a late riser, but it’s the first time I’ve heard him going this high or to the Phillies. Hoese is having a dynamite junior season .392/.487/.789. His 23 HR’s lead the nation. And here’s the kicker … he played in the AAC Tournament last week at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. This is the same path Alec Bohm took to the Phillies last year.

      1. Hoese wouldn’t be the first 3Bman the Phillies draft from the state of Indiana. Hopefully (if they do pick him), he blossoms into another Scott Rolen.

  6. BTW … here’s what KLaw hears might happen leading up to the Phillies pick:

    9 Braves … Rutledge
    10 Giants … Bishop
    11 Blue Jays … Manoah
    12 Mets … Kirby
    13 Twins … Stott

    Also … this is the first time hearing Corbin Carol as the HS bat linked to the Phillies instead of Gunnar Henderson.

  7. I’m the kind of guy who not only follows draft picks the Phillies bring on board as they wind their way through the farm system. I also keep track of the kids who get picked, but don’t sign (for different reasons). This year, there are almost a dozen former Phillie selections eligible to be redrafted.

    * Logan Davidon (SS Clemson) was taken in the 30th round of Johnny Almaraz’s famous/infamous 2016 draft. He’s had a very good career in the ACC (.291/.402/.535, 42 HR, 37 SB during his three seasons). He’ll most likely be a first round pick next week.

    * Carter Bins (C Fresno State) was picked by Johnny A in the 35th round of that same 2016 draft. Bins (like Davidson) has also had a very good collegiate career. He’s totaled .283/.377/.457, 18 HR during his three seasons in the Mountain West Conference. Bins could go between the third and fifth rounds next week.

    1. * Edouard Julien (1B/2B/3B Auburn) is a sophomore eligible prospect. The Phillies took the Canadian prepster in the 37th round in 2017. Julien had an excellent freshman campaign (.275/.398/.556, 17 HR), but disappointed this year (.232/.367/.429, 8 HR). My guess is Julien gets picked on day three, and returns to Auburn for his junior season.

      * Kyle Hurt (RHP USC) is another sophomore eligible guy for the 2019 draft. Hurt was originally taken by the Phils three rounds before Julien (34th) in that 2017 draft. About a month and a half ago, I had given up any expectations of Hurt getting selected high enough to sign this year. He was having all kinds of problems with his control(44 K to 31 BB). However, after a brief stint in the bullpen, the 6’3″, 215 lb RHP found his groove (37 K to 10 BB) in the second half of 2019. It’s possible someone takes a flyer on Hurt early enough on day two for him to sign. However, it’s more likely he’ll get picked after round 10, and return to USC as it’s Friday night starter for 2020.

      1. * Joe Breaux (OF Alabama) has a first round name, but day three talent. This season, he slashed .273/.377/.409. Breaux will turn 23 YO in two weeks. He turned the Phillies down after being drafted in the 37th round in 2017. This year, as a senior, he’ll sign wherever he gets picked, and make the MiLB all-name team next spring.

        * Ryan Rijo (1B Lubbock Christian Univ) was picked by Johnny A as a sophomore JUCO prospect last year in round 37. Rijo is another Canadian, and is a very big boy (listed generously at 6’3″, 255 but looks more like 295 lbs [no offense, Ryan]). He was the 11th ranked Canadian HS player for the 2016 draft, and put up outstanding numbers (.280 BA, .510 OBP, 34 HR) during his two JUCO seasons. However, Rijo was not good in 2019 (his first season of DII ball) .283/.371/.348, 0 HR in 92 AB.

        1. * Stephen Jones (RHP Samford U) was taken by the Phillies in the 38th round last June. Jones went from starter (most of his first three seasons) to closer as a senior. The 6’5″, 220 lb’er had success in his new role (31 IP, 25 H, 9 BB, 29 K, 13 SV) this year. He throws up to 95 MPH, and may end up as a senior sign for somebody next week.

          * D.J. Carpenter (RHP Central AZ JUCO) was drafted by the Phillies in the 15th round last June as a California prepster. The 6’7″, 190 lb prospect chose not to sign. This season in JUCO, Carpenter is 19.1 IP, 14 H, 18 BB, 27 K.

          1. * Jake Smith (Chipola JUCO) is another prep arm from last year’s class (21st round) to get away. This season at his Florida JUCO, the 6’5″, 175 lb RH thrower is 30.2 IP, 29 H, 14 BB, 35 K.

            * Dante Baldelli (OF Boston College) is Rocco’s brother. Unfortunately for young Dante, he is not the ball player Rocco was. After getting selected in the 39th round in 2016, Baldelli has only managed to slash a combined .205/.331/.271 in his three seasons at BC. Dante, obviously, won’t get drafted next week (unless the Twins want to do Rocco a solid).

            * Landon Gray (C Tennessee) was picked by the Phillies in the 38th round of the 2017 draft as a Y1 JUCO. After two strong seasons on the JUCO circuit (.330/.442/.515), Gray was just .163/.245/.326 in limited playing time at Tennessee this year. It’s possible he gets taken on day three this year. If not, he’ll be back at Tennessee for his senior season and re-enter the 2020 draft.

  8. Hinkie, I am hoping for Alek Manoah. It doesn’t hurt to have a little luck come our way. If he doen’t fall to us, who is next highest on your wish list?

    1. Assuming Rutschman, Vaughn, Witt, Abrams, Bleday, Greene, Lodolo, Bishop, and Manoah are all gone … I’d probably draft Jackson Rutledge because of his ceiling. If Rutledge is also gone, I’d take Kirby.
      Hoese (mocked to the Phillies by Keith Law today) is another high ceiling/high risk choice. Like Hunter Bishop, Hoese had two very pedestrian college seasons before breaking out in a huge way as a junior. Hoese (also like Bishop) has not only shined as an offensive force, he is a plus defender.

      1. Rutledge has high upside, but I don’t think the Phillies want to take the risk on a player with that much volatility in his profile: potential #2 starter or a relief pitcher. Their track records suggests a more conservative approach: maybe a Thompson or Kirby, if they go the college pitcher route. There are no HS pitchers I would take at 1-14, unfortunately. Even the best in this year’s class project as mid-rotation types. My three favorite at this point or Brett Baty, Kody Hoese, and Corbin Carroll. I think Carroll is the most complete player of the three, but his size, which is pretty much identical to my own–5 foot 9/10, 160-170lbs–may scare some teams away come draft day. If they’re going to pick a pitcher, I would hope it’s Rutledge if Manoah isn’t there, but I just don’t know they’d go that route.

        1. The only thing I don’t like about Rutledge, though, is his short arm action. I’m no scout, but it looks like it puts a lot of torque/pressure on the elbow than most, making me concerned about his long-term health. His huge size could counterbalance that, though.

          1. Tall pitchers often struggle to repeat their mechanics well enough to improve their command, and improving his changeup is easier said than done here. There’s a bunch of upside here, but also a bunch of reliever risk…..his control is only graded as a 45.
            I would avoid him…Phillipe Aumont revisited.

    1. 14. Phillies – George Kirby, RHP, Elon
      Rutledge is the pick if he’s here, which he likely won’t be. They may underslot Hoese. Alabama SS Gunnar Henderson is a dark horse.

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      Happy to see the Phillies interest in the upside/ceiling of Jackson Rutledge. I understand Johnny Almaraz probably went a little more upside last year (Logan Simmons & Dominic Pipkin) than in previous drafts, I hope he continues or even builds upon this throughout all three days of next week’s draft. Mix the usual safer, lower velo, strike throwing arms, and younger/still physically undeveloped prospects with some big velo pitchers who can improve their control and command with development.

      Rutledge is probably the arm with the highest ceiling. Kody Hoese (who Law has mocked to the Phillies, and McDaniels mentions as an underslot possibilty) is certainly a big ceiling bat with risk. His mix of power and ability to make contact/control the strike zone is impressive, the fact that he’s only done it one year (like Hunter Bishop) makes him somewhat risky.

      1. BTW … The Fangraphs mock also mentions the Cubs and Astros like Hoese. Those two teams have an excellent track record of drafting bats so (for me) that’s a couple of very good references on Hoese’s resume.

  9. The Athletic published their mock draft yesterday. The picks were made by each team’s beat writer. Matt Gelb picked for the Phillies …

    No. 14: Philadelphia Phillies
    George Kirby, RHP, Elon University

    The Phillies’ draft room is data-driven, and Kirby, a 6-foot-5 right-hander from Elon, checks all of the boxes. They have leaned toward college picks higher in the draft over the past few seasons because there is more actionable information. Kirby is a power arm with refined command — he has one of the better strikeout-to-walk ratios in the NCAA — and still has some projection in him because of his larger frame. The Phillies have not used their first pick to select a pitcher since Aaron Nola in 2014. This feels like the right moment to target another arm, even though the system’s weakness is position-player prospects. Plus, Kirby told the Elon News Network last month, “I just go out there and try to be a savage.” That’s first-round bravado. — Matt Gelb

  10. Kirby: nasty fastball (can touch 98mph), but most reports on him suggest that his secondary pitches are lacking, mostly because he hasn’t had to use them in college. Could be a MOR workhorse or a high end reliever if everything works out. My main fear is that the Phillies don’t exactly have the best track record for developing pitchers…but I’d be willing to take a chance on him. He seems like a safe bet to at least contribute to the big club within 2-3 years.

    1. Here’s D1 Baseball’s scouting report on Kirby from last summer’s Cape Cod look:

      “Another big arm on what looks to be a powerful Phoenix pitching staff, Kirby is a long limbed, projectable righty with a proportional build between his upper and lower halves. Lean build at six-foot-four, 205 pounds. Loose arm action with three-quarter release and good arm speed. Arm remains bent and compact throughout throwing motion. Balanced leg lift. Short stride. Good direction to the plate. Everything looks clean and easy. Fastball sat 90-94 mph, touched 96. Comes out of the hand easy with consistent, late life. Projects to add several more mph to his heater when he reaches full maturity. Threw mostly fastballs on this look because there was no need to throw anything else. Hitters just couldn’t square it up. Only saw one below average curveball at 77 mph. Loose spin, no bite. Possibly better suited to throw a hard slider. Flashed a changeup with good sink and run during warm-ups. Didn’t do much in game at 82-83 mph, firm offering. Walked just one batter in 13 innings with 24 strikeouts this summer. Possibly a bit of a reach at No. 2 overall on our list, we are bullish on what this spring will hold for Kirby. Look for him to attract mass scouting attention and early round consideration in June.”

      1. I may be wrong, but imo pitchers can develop and improve breaking pitches as they get older and professional coaching. I can think of many elite pitchers who developed curves or sliders later in career.

        At 21, I think the most important criteria is:
        1. Clean motion. Really hard to recreate a pitching motion.
        2. Velocity with movement. Straight fastballs, even with high velocity doesn’t excite me.
        3. Good or better command.

        If a pitcher has all three of those, then I believe a pro staff can help him with off-speed pitches. No disrespect, but Elon is not exactly a pitching powerhouse with elite coaching. So his lack of plus curve doesn’t concern me at this point.

  11. I like Hunter Bishop although I don’t expect Bishop to be available past Top 10. Hopefully, Bishop wont be drafted by ATL.

    One of Alek Manoah, Zach Thompson and George Kirby can be available at 1.14 – any of these pitchers will be a solid and safe pick.

    1. Chris Newell is ranked #96 by MLB.com, #99 by Fangraphs and #97 by Keith Law so he could be in play at #91 if the Phillies save some money with their first round pick.
      RHP Jack Kochanowicz (#75 MLB.com, #64 Fangraphs, #100 Keith Law) is the other local kid (Harriton HS) who could be an over slot selection at #91.

    1. v1 … agree with your point of view (system in need of elite arms). However, I wouldn’t limit it to arms. This farm (IMO) is need of elite talent, in general. Hope to see less “safe” selections this year. Want to see Johnny draft at least a half dozen high upside (even if they come with more risk) players.
      At 1-14, Manoah, Rutledge, or Kirby would be great. Do not pick Zack Thompson. I don’t think they’ll take a prep arm (just not in their DNA).
      Kody Hoese and Hunter Bishop (99.9% sure he won’t be available) have big tools, but short track records. Hoese (from what I’ve read) gets love from teams like the Cubs, Astros, Dodgers, and Braves. They’re four blue chip drafting clubs.

      In summation … I’d be good with Manoah, Rutledge, Kirby, or Hoese in the first round. Then generously sprinkle in some big arms/big bats in need of development on days two and three. I’m talking guys like Antoine Kelly, Hunter Cope, Nick Snyder, Adam Lukas, Mason Feole, Luke Little, Riley Ornido, Nick Quintana, Brenton Doyle, and Jake Sanford.

      1. I understand your point. But my emphasis on an elite arm is because:
        1. I think those are harder to find than an elite bat in FA/Trade market
        2. I have little confidence in Almaraz’s ability to judge hit tool.

        1. I agree with you about Johnny A.’s ability to judge the hit tool. The philosophy is fundamentally solid but the actual evaluation leaves a lot to be desired.

          The Phillies might be better of asking somebody else to do the Day 1 draft picks then give Johnny A. Days 2 and 3.

      2. Kelly really intrigues me, I think it would take a bunch of money to get him,but 19 year olds throwing his heat has to be considered.

  12. Another day, another mock.
    Yet another by Jim Callis, mlb.com
    Phillies: Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor
    He notes Hoese and Henderson as options too.
    Interestingly, Callus puts George Kirby 15th to Angels.

    Hinkie, I know you like Kirby. Given Langeliers was higher in other mocks maybe you didn’t think (or still don’t think) he’ll be avail at 1.14. Do you agree with Shea over George? Thoughts about Callis’ latest mock?

    1. I do think Langeliers may go earlier than 1-14. He could get picked by the Braves at 1-8, the Mets at 1-12, or the Twins at 1-13.
      TBH … Langeliers would be another “safer” pick. I’m hoping for higher ceiling guys this year. I’d prefer Manoah, Rutledge, Kirby, Hoese, or Henderson before Langeliers. I’d also take Aaron Schunk before Langeliers.
      I really like Cooper Johnson as a college catcher the Phillies can realistically get in the fourth or fifth round.

      1. all things being equal I’d rather not select a catcher. Give me a college arm please.

  13. What worries me about Callis and/or Jon Mayo predictions……they seem to have inside scoops with the teams’ scouts and mid-execs, since they all work for the same boss…..MLB.
    Of course they tactfully ensure that it does not come\out that way in their telecasts and articles, but it does seem to bear out, more so than other mocks, in the final draft selections.
    I want to see how close they are next week.

  14. Today should be the annual Phillies Draft Prospect Group Workout at CBP. Would be cool if a couple of names leaked out as to who is in attendance

  15. Baseball america’s Latest mock:
    Greg Jones
    UNC WilmingtonSS
    Notes:
    The Phillies have been tied to a number of different players, including prep shortstop Gunnar Henderson, prep righthander Brennan Malone and all of the aforementioned college names that get mentioned around this range. One rumor we’ve heard lately is that the Phillies like Jones’ exciting toolset, and he’s finished the season strong enough to push himself into the middle of the first round. Still, some sources think this would be too rich. This should be the floor for Rutledge if he’s still on the board.

  16. from Jeff Ellis a couple days ago:
    4 Philadelphia Phillies Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

    Sleeper Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

    Stott is too good of a value at this point for the Phillies to pass on drafting him. He is a safe hitter who has been a force of nature in the Mountain West Conference the last two years. He hits for average, has incredibly high BABIP, and walks nearly twenty percent of the time. He should be an on-base machine for a team who could handle short, second, or third, depending on the needs of your team. His power should be about average as well and there really is no hole in his game. I had him 5th on my last Big Board, making him a steal right here. The reason he is on the board is the lack of power potential giving him a lower ceiling than the other college bats, and some leftover concerns from his play last summer. The Phillies have been very conservative in round one, so he makes a bunch of sense if he is still on the board. The other logical player would be Josh Jung, who has as long of a track record as any hitter in this class.
    https://247sports.com/mlb/scouting/ContentGallery/2019-MLB-Mock-Draft-30-132398123/#132398123_14

  17. From KLaw this am on his final mock:

    14. Philadelphia Phillies: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

    This feels low for Bishop, who was leading Division I in homers early and is still tied for sixth (fourth among major conferences). The Phillies are wide open; I’ve heard them linked to hitters and pitchers, college and high school guys, including Will Wilson, Brennan Malone, Brett Baty, Carroll and Gunnar Henderson.

  18. I was at the LA Regional and there may be some guys who the Phillies should take a shot. The 2nd Baseball Chase Strumph. I know, another 2nd Baseman from UCLA named Chase. Well, the last one turned out to be pretty dam good! This kid has power, can turn 2, can HIT and plays for a great program.

    The other guy who stood out is Toliga, that guy is a beast from both sides of the plate. 6’5, great hands, power from both sides, plays outfield and in the mold of Troy Glaus.

    At 91st pick. They would be well served to take either one of them.

    The player in 3 years, is the Freshman Catcher Cardenas who can rake and as smooth as a swing as you have seen.

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