This is the Phuture Phillies 2020 Draft Discussion.
Update – June 25, 2020: Phillies announce signing of second round pick SS Casey Maryin for $1.3M, well above $689,300 slot for 3/87 pick. Signing amount takes the Phillies above their bonus allotment, but stays under the 5% penalty, leaving $16,410 in the pot.
This closes Draft Tracker Articles for 2020. Any further NDFA signings will be reported elsewhere, but will be added to the tracker file.
Update – June 24, 2020: Phillies’ first rounder prep RHP Mick Abel signed for $4,075,000. That is slightly over the slot of $3,885,800. All four Phillies’ draft picks have signed, although third rounder Casey Martin’s bonus has not been made public, yet.
The Phillies had four picks in the 2020 Amateur Draft. The Phillies selected Mick Abel with their first round pick, Casey Martin in the third round, Carson Ragsdale in the fourth, and Baron Radcliffe in the fifth. The Phillies lost their second round pick for signing free agent Zach Wheeler during the off season.
Last Sunday, they began signing non-drafted free agents, and have signed ten to date.
The Phillies have reached an agreement with third round pick Casey Martin, fourth round pick Carson Ragsdale, fifth round pick Baron Radcliff, and ten non-drafted free agents. Reported bonuses so far have been $225K for Ragsdale, $100K for Radcliff, and two $20K max signings for two of the NFDAs.
Draft signings and non-drafted free agent (NDFA) signings will be tracked here – 2020 Draft Tracker.
Thumbnails and some scouting below. The two most recent NDFAs are first.
Blake Brown is a RHP out of the University of North Carolina – Asheville. He is a 4-year-senior. He is 6’1, 195 lbs, born on August 18, 1998. He was eligible but undrafted in 2019. He is ranked #375 in the Baseball America top 500.
Brown was having a nice 2020 when the season was cancelled. He was 1-0 in 4 starts with a 1.90 ERA. In 19.0 innings he allowed 6 hits, walked 18, and struck out 26. Obviously, needs to improve his control.
During bullpens in June, Brown has thrown at 100.5 MPH with a 98% spin efficiency in one and at 98 MPH with a 99% spin efficiency in another. He is reported to have hit triple digits multiple times.
During his first three years at UNC-Asheville, Brown posted a 5-10 record in 56 appearances (12 starts). In 118.0 innings, he struck out 126, walked 90.
Buddy Hayward is a RHP out of Harvard University. He is a 4-year-junior. He is 6’6, 225 lbs, born on October 15, 1998. This was the first year he entered the draft. He is ranked #346 in the Baseball America top 500.
Hayward didn’t play this year. He had TJ surgery in December. His Instagram account shows him soft tossing six balls on May 8th, his first baseball activity since his surgery.
In his two previous seasons, Hayward made 23 appearances (13 starts). In 88 innings, he posted a 6-4 record, 4.19 ERA, walked 29 and struck out 94. His fastball sits 91-94 MPH.
Hayward also played in the Cape Cod Baseball League. In 12 games over two seasons, he posted a 2.58 ERA.
Mick Abel is RHP out of Jesuit High School in Oregon. He is 6’5, 190 lbs, born on August 8, 2001. He was the 15th overall pick in the draft which has a slot valuation of $3,885,800.
From MLB: “A high school player from the state of Oregon hasn’t been taken in the top two rounds since the Cardinals took Carson Kelly in the second round of the 2012 Draft. Abel, who helped pitch his Jesuit High School to a state title, was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year and then pitched well at a variety of summer showcase stops, should be the first Oregon prepster to go in the first round since Matt Smith back in 1994. The 6-foot-5 right-hander shows flashes of three plus pitches, starting with a fastball that was regularly in the 93-95 mph range this summer, though he tired a bit near the end of his run. He throws it downhill with good life at the bottom of the zone and then can come back with a four-seamer up in the zone with riding action. His 82-86 mph slider is a very effective pitch, and he also has feel for a curveball with more over the top rotation to it. The two morph into each other at times, but there’s enough differentiation to believe he could throw both in the future, along with a future plus changeup that he sells with good arm speed and features sink and dip at the end. The Oregon State recruit generally throws strikes and he gets as high marks for his maturity and makeup as he does his stuff. He’s only going to get stronger and throw harder as he physically matures, something he showed a glimpse of in one outing this spring before things got shut down, giving him the chance to be the first prep arm to come off the board in June.”
Casey Martin is a right-handed hitting SS out of the University of Arkansas. He is a 4th-year-junior. He is 5’11, 175 lbs, born on April 7, 1999. He was the the Phillies third round pick, 87th overall. His draft slot has a valuation of $689,300.
From MLB: “Scouts rated Martin as the best high school prospect in Arkansas in 2017, though his bat was considered too raw for pro ball and he went undrafted. He made an immediate impact with the Razorbacks, hitting 13 homers as a freshman to help them reach the College World Series, then slammed 15 as a sophomore to bring them back to Omaha. He’s one of the best athletes in the 2020 college crop and is Arkansas’ toolsiest prospect since Andrew Benintendi went seventh overall in the 2015 Draft, but a poor start to the shortened 2020 season could drop him out of the first round. An explosive athlete, Martin offers an exciting combination of power and speed. He records run times that grade from 70-80 on the 20-80 scouting scale, though he’s still learning how to translate that quickness into stolen bases. He has the potential to be a 25-25 player but gets overly homer-conscious and his right-handed swing gets too uphill, leading to strikeouts. If Martin can slow the game down a bit offensively and defensively, he can be a star. His quickness and solid arm strength give him the tools to play a number of positions and perhaps stay at shortstop if he becomes more consistent. He played a fine third base as a freshman and definitely would fit in center field, though he should be able to stay on the dirt.”
Carson Ragsdale is a RHP out of the University of South Florida. He is a 4-year-senior. He is 6’8, 225 lbs, born on May 25, 1998. He was the Phillies fourth round pick, 116th overall. His draft slot has a valuation of $497,500.
From MLB: “Ragsdale spent his first two years at the University of South Florida missing bats, and walking hitters, coming out of the bullpen. He then missed the 2019 season because he needed Tommy John surgery. A move to the rotation upon his return in 2020 created some serious buzz for the big right-hander, though he was only able to make four starts before the season was ended. There’s a lot to like about Ragsdale, starting with his 6-foot-8 frame that allows him to throw with a good downhill plane. He features a fastball that’s typically in the 91-95 mph range right now, but there’s room for more velocity in the future. He couples it with a curveball that flashes plus and can be a real strikeout pitch when he lands it in the strike zone. He has a changeup, but it’s a distant third pitch and will need to be developed at the next level. Ragsdale threw a lot of strikes this spring, but is still more control than command at this point. Given that scouts only saw four outings from Ragsdale as USF’s Sunday starter, there’s very limited track record for teams to look at, but his size and arm strength, even if it ends up in the bullpen, could be enough for teams to take a chance on him in this year’s Draft.”
Baron Radcliff is a left-handed hitting OF out of Georgia Tech. The 4th-year-junior is 6’4, 228 lbs, born on February 9, 1999. He was the Phillies fifth round pick, 146th overall. His draft slot has a valuation of $371,600.
Jake McKenna is a left-handed pitcher out of Ocean City High School in New Jersey. He is 6’6, 215 lbs, born on April 24, 2002. He had a verbal commitment to St. Joseph University, but signed for the maximum $20K for non-drafted free agents. He is the #434 ranked prospect on Baseball America’s top 500 ranked prospects.
Kiley McDaniel, ESPN Baseball: projection lefty with fringe stuff right now.
Aaron Fitt, D1 Baseball: He’s got excellent predictability and a decent arsenal as of now, but there’s tons of room for growth here.
Baseball Performance Center: Jake McKenna: 88-92, going to be a nightmare as that efficiency continues to climb. Downhill tilt and an ideal 12/6 CB (-10V 0H). #Dude
Jordan Fowler is a LHP out of the University of Central Missouri. He is a 4-year-junior. He is 6’3, 180 lbs, born on March 9, 1999. He was the Texas Rangers 26th round pick in 2015.
Brian Sakowski, Natinal Scouting Supervisor, Perfect Game: Former Ole Miss lefty, spent his junior year at Central Missouri this spring. Good Size and athleticism, scouts buy more projection there, low 90’s with some traits, nice under the radar signing who has some upside.
Sam Jacobsak is a RHP out of Northeastern University. He is a 4-year-junior. He is 6’5, 200 lbs, born on June 11, 1998. He was eligible but undrafted in 2019.
Aaron Fitt, D1 Baseball: He’s spent most of his career as a reliever, and last year struck out 30 batters in 21.2 innings while slinging a 1.66 ERA. In a shortened 2020 as a starter, he put up a 3.65 ERA.
J.P. Woodward is a LHP out of Lafayette College. He is 4-year-junior. He is 6’6, 215 lbs, born on November 13, 1998.
Aaron Fitt, D1 Baseball: Woodward has had a tough college career, but the strikeout stuff is there. His selling point seems to be his durability, as he’s grown into a BIG, and muscular frame. There’s definitely room to grow here. It’s an interesting get.
Noah Skirrow is a RHP out of Liberty University. He is a 4-year-junior. He is 6-3, 215 lbs, born on July 21, 1998.
From MLB: “Skirrow has taken a nice step forward, starting with a strong performance last summer in the Cape Cod League. In the past, Skirrow was known mostly for his 90-93 mph fastball with ordinary secondary stuff. But he’s added a cutter, thrown 88-90 mph, that should be at least average in the future. It has some depth to it, and he was getting left-handed hitters to swing over it. He does have an average changeup and a below average breaking ball, so a team could send him out as a starter, but he might be suited best for a relief role where his fastball-cutter combination would play up a bit.”
Aaron Fitt, D1 Baseball: Skirrow was Liberty’s ace for some time, and was a Cape Cod All Star last year. He features four solid pitches, including a lauded power-changeup. Consider this my official proclamation that Phils’ newest UDFA, Noah Skirrow, is DIRTY: – A 91-93 fastball that touches 95. – A nasty slurve that sits 75-77. – And a power-changeup that sits mid-80’s. No wonder he was ranked at 249 on BA’s Top 500. Can confirm, this is a good one.
Chase Antle is a RHP out of Coastal Carolina University. He is a 5th-year-senior. He is 6’2, 215 lbs, born on February 16, 1997. He went undrafted in 2019 as a senior at Bowling Green University.
Aaron Fitt, D1 Baseball: Antle soared thru rankings this year, and was one of my favorite targets on the market (13 on Baseball America’s ‘Top 25 Seniors to Watch.’) Antle has an electric fastball that touches 99. He’s a beast. Antle could very well impact the big club as early as this year (if they play.) His fastball is stupidly impressive, and he spent last year as the Chanticleer’s closer. This is an excellent signing.
Billy Sullivan is a RHP out of the University of Delaware. He is a 4-year-junior. He is 6’2, 195 lbs, born on April 16, 1999. He was the Phillies 28th round pick in 2017 coming out of high school.
Aaron Fitt, D1 Baseball: Sullivan missed almost all of 2019 and hasn’t pitched at all in 2020, but he had an excellent 2018 season, and boasts some pretty nasty stuff. The Phillies previously drafted Sullivan in the 28th round of the 2017 draft, but he went on to have a heck of a Freshman campaign. He put up a 2.97 ERA across 77.1 frames, and struck out 105 (!) batters. There’s cause for concern health-wise, but this kid’s got the stuff.
Jonathan Hughes is a RHP out of Georgia Tech. He is a 5th-year senior. He is 6’2, 196 lbs, born on January 8, 1997. He was the Baltimore Orioles second round pick in 2015 out of high school, but did not sign. He went undrafted as a junior in 2018 and and a 4-year-senio in 2019.
Aaron Fitt, D1 Baseball: He’s got a solid, spin-heavy 4-pitch mix, with a fastball that sits around 92-94. Easily one of the top senior arms on the board. In my fall look, he attacked at 92-95, T96 with a high spin-rate FB (2400-2500). He also showed wipeout SL at 83-86 with a ridiculous spin rate between 2900-3100 rpm. Hughes was ranked at number 19 on Baseball America’s ‘Top 25 Seniors to Watch’ list, 6 spots away from fellow Phils signee, Chase Antle. Hughes had a number of clubs vying for his attention.