This is the Phuture Phillies 2020 Draft Discussion for comments about the upcoming draft.
The Phillies have the fifteenth overall selection in the first round. They forfeited their second round pick when they signed free agent pitcher Zach Wheeler. They also lost $500,000 in international bonus pool money.
The Phillies’ total draft bonus pool is $5,444,200 ($5,716,410 if you consider the 5% overage before penalties kick in).
Their complete slot breakdown is as follows (round, pick, $) –
- 1st: 15 – $3,885,800
- 3rd: 87 – $689,300
- 4th: 116 – $497,500
- 5th: 146 – $371,600
Schedule (All Times ET)
- Wednesday, June 10 – 7:00 PM on the MLB Network and ESPN
- Day 1
The first 37 picks – Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A
- Thursday, June 11 – 5:00 PM on the MLB Network and ESPN2
- Day 2
Round 2 (pick #38) thru the end of the fifth and final round
This is a forum for draft discussion to keep it separate from other conversations.
This may serve as the only place for draft discussion this year. I don’t really see a need to publish daily articles during a two day draft of only five rounds. The weekly articles seem like overkill when we only have to track 4 picks. However, this draft is a unique situation. I’ll reconsider as necessary.
As in previous years, draft signings (and this year non-drafted free agent (NDFA) signings) will be tracked here – 2020 Draft Tracker.
Just a reminder, the Phillies have been particularly active signing NDFAs in recent years. A few years ago, they signed LHP Josh Taylor as an NDFA in 2014 and flipped him to Arizona along with RHP Chris Oliver and their #9 International Signing Slot for the Diamondbacks #1 International Signing slot in the 2015-16 signing period. Back then slots had dollar values attached. That gave them the money to sign OF Jhailyn Ortiz.
Last season, the Phillies signed 11 NDFAs (RHP Connor Hinchliffe, Tyler Burch, Albertus Barber, Aidan Anderson, DJ Jefferson, LHP Brian Marconi, Riley Wilson, Olvis Genoa, Brenden Kudlinski, SS Sal Gozzi, Kevin Picardo) and at least 4 international free agents (RHP Josh Gessner, LHP Samuel Aldeghari, Jhorjan, Uziel Viloria) in June. Gessner was signed to a reported $850,000 bonus.
This year, however, there is a hard cap on bonuses to NDFAs of $20,000.