Random Draft and NDFA Info

I gathered some selection and bonus information for the six drafts I tracked for Phuture Phillies.  Rather than toss it, I’m sharing it here.

The drafts start with 2015 and run through this year.  I’ve included the number of top ten picks, who our first round pick was (this is a reference point for me, hopefully not a discussion on the merits of the picks), the total number of picks, the total number signed and not signed.

I’ve also included the total bonuses, total plus 5%, total bonuses against the pool, leftover bonus money, and the known amount spent on drafted players (all signed picks including the dollars spent between rounds 11-40 that didn’t count against the pool).  I’ve also included the number of non-drafted free agents signed, any confirmed bonuses paid to NDFAs, and who the NDFAs were/are.


2015

The Phillies had all ten of their picks in the first ten rounds.  This was the Randolph draft.  They signed 31 of the 40 picks they made that year (9 unsigned).

  • Bonus  – $7,058,500
  • Plus 5% – $7,411,425
  • $ Against Pool – $6,876,700
  • Remaining $ – $534,725
  • Known Spent – $7,622,700
  • 4 NDFAs – Jacob Waguespack, Jeff Singer, Ryne Frankoff, Evan Crower

Jacob Waguespack was traded to Toronto for LHP Aaron Loup at the trade deadline in 2018.  He pitched in the majors in 2019.

Jeff Singer is still with the organization and has pitched well enough to warrant a look this season.

Ryne Frankoff and Evan Crower were released in the spring of 2016.


2016

This was Klentak’s first draft.  The Phillies had all ten of their picks in the first ten rounds, including the first overall pick (1/1).  This was the Moniak draft.  They signed 29 of the 40 picks they made that year (11 unsigned).  (Note: 15th round pick, Alex Wojciechowski, wasn’t signed by the deadline for draft picks due to an injury.  He signed as an NDFA in March the following spring.)

  • Bonus  – $13,405,200
  • Plus 5% – $14,075,460
  • $ Against Pool – $13,885,300
  • Remaining $ – $190,160
  • Known Spent – $14,905,300
  • 7 NDFAs – Tyler Frohwirth, Kale Fultz, Evan Rogers, Chandler Hall, Scot Hoffman,  Casey Brown, Alex Wojciechowski

Tyler Frohwirth, a submarine pitcher,  was traded to Orioles on July 2, 2017.

Kale Fultz and Evan Rogers were released in the spring of 2017.,

Chandler Hall retired on June 1, 2017.

Scot Hoffman was assigned to Williamsport in October 2016 and never heard from again.

Casey Brown was released spring 2018.

Alex Wojciechowski was released  in June 2017.


2017

The Phillies had all ten of their picks in the first ten rounds.  This was the Haseley draft.  They signed 30 of the 40 picks they made that year (10 unsigned).

  • Bonus  – $8,729,100
  • Plus 5% – $9,165,555
  • $ Against Pool – $9,118,400
  • Remaining $ – $47,155
  • Known Spent – $10,788,400
  • 7 NDFAs – Kipp Moore, Gunnar Buhner, Carlos De La Cruz, James Smith, Austin O’Brien, Josh Tols, Bradley Haslam

Kipp Moore retired on February 7, 2018.

Gunnar Buhner was released in the spring of 2018.

Carlos De La Cruz is still in the organization.  He played in Lakewood in 2019.

James Smith released June 2019,

Austin (Stoney) O’Brien released in spring of 2019,

Josh Tols is still in the organization.  Pitched in Lehigh and Reading in 2019.

Bradley Haslam released June 2019


2018

The Phillies only had eight picks in the first ten rounds.  They forfeited their second and third round picks when they signed Carlos Santana and Jake Arrieta as free agents.  This was the Bohm draft.  They signed 32 of the 38 picks they made that year (6 unsigned).

  • Bonus  – $8,858,500
  • Plus 5% – $9,301,425
  • $ Against Pool – $9,217,900
  • Remaining $ – $83,525
  • Known Spent – $11,342,900
  • 8 NDFAs – Brian Auerbach, Taylor Lehman, Blake Bennett, Ethan Evanko, Michael Gomez, Tyler Fallwell, Kyle Arjona, Tom Sutera

Brian Auerbach and Michael Gomez were released May 2020.

Taylor Lehman is still in the organization. He pitched in Lakewood in 2019 and was assigned to Clearwater last fall.

Blake Bennett released June 2019.

Ethan Evanko is still in the organization. He pitched in Clearwater in 2019.

Tyler Fallwell released in spring of 2019.

Kyle Arjona released Fall 2019.

Tom Sutera is still in the organization. He pitched in Lakewood in 2019.


2019

The Phillies only had nine picks in the first ten rounds.  They forfeited their second round pick when they signed Bryce Harper as a free agent.  This was the Stott draft.  They signed 34 of the 39 picks they made that year (5 unsigned).

  • Bonus  – $6,475,800
  • Plus 5% – $6,799,590
  • $ Against Pool – $6,797,300
  • Remaining $ – $2,290
  • Known Spent – $8,779,800
  • 14 NDFAs – Sal Gozzo, Riley Wilson, Brian Marconi, Connor Hinchliffe, Tyler Burch, Aidan Anderson, Hunter Markwardt, Brenden Kudlinski, Albertus Barber, D.J. Jefferson, Jaylen Eichler, Gabriel Ojeda, Willie Estrada, Johnny Weeks

Sal GozzoRiley WilsonBrian MarconiConnor HinchliffeTyler BurchAidan AndersonHunter MarkwardtBrenden KudlinskiAlbertus BarberD.J. Jefferson, and Jaylen Eichler are all still with the organization.

Gabriel Ojeda and Willie Estrada released spring 2020.  (They were likely only signed as catching depth when the organization had a lot of catchers injured.)

Johnny Weeks was released June 2019.


2020

The Phillies only had four picks in the five rounds that MLB mandated for the 2020 draft.  They forfeited their second round pick when they signed Zach Wheeler.  This is the Abel draft.  They signed 4 of the 4 picks they made this.  They can sign NDFAs up until the week before the 2021 draft.

  • Bonus  – $5,444,200
  • Plus 5% – $5,716,410
  • $ Against Pool – $5,700,00
  • Remaining $ – $16,410
  • Known Spent – $5,700,000
  • 10 NDFAs (so far) – Buddy Hayward, Blake Brown, Chase Antle, Jake McKenna, Jonathan Hughes, Noah Skirrow, Billy Sullivan, J.P. Woodward, Jordan Fowler, Sam Jacobsak

The Phillies have had some success with their NDFA signings.  One signing I didn’t mention was Josh Taylor.  He was signed in August of 2014 and made two scoreless appearances in the GCL.  He was assigned to Lakewood in 2015 and was later traded with Chris Oliver to Arizona for their #1 international slot money which they used to signed Jhailyn Ortiz.  Taylor made 52 appearances with the Boston Red Sox in 2019.

8 thoughts on “Random Draft and NDFA Info

  1. Easy to kind of forget that the team hasn’t had a 2nd round pick in three years now. I don’t think anyone will despair losing them for Harper and Wheeler but Arrieta/Santana was a mistake in hindsight.

  2. Still too early to say with certainty, but that 2017 draft could go down as one of the top classes in Phillies history.

    Adam Haseley (round 1) and Spencer Howard (round 2) should be multi year starters (at lest). It’s possible they could both be 3+ WAR players for multiple seasons.

    Connor Seabold (round 3) could make some MLB starts for the team as soon as 2021.

    Jake Scheiner (round 4) has already netted the club Jay Bruce via a trade.

    Ethan Lindow (round 5) won the Paul Owens Award (best season by a pitcher in the system) last year.

    I’m a big believer in Nick Maton (round 7). He has the floor of a MLB utility player (IMO). Austin Listi (round 17) is another possible future bat off the bench.

    Connor Brogdon (round 10), Zach Warren (round 14), Kyle Dohy (round 16), Addison Russ (round 19), and Jake Hernandez (round 21) could all throw out of the Phillies BP as early as this summer.

    I could have thrown Damon Jones (round 18) onto the list just above, but he stands out for his chance to be a full time member of a future Phillies rotation as well.

    Ben Brown (round 33) was a helluva HS lottery ticket. Looking forward to his return from TJ.

    Johnny Almaraz picked prepsters Shane Drohan (round 23), Billy Sullivan (round 28), Kyle Hurt (round 36), and Edouard Julien (round 37). Although none of them signed, they all had productive college careers. Julien is now with the Twins (17th round in 2019), Drohan (BoSox) and Hurt (Marlins) were top 5 rounders this month, and Sullivan just joined the Phils as a UDFA a week and a half ago.

    Finally … Carlos De La Cruz and Josh Tols were excellent UDFA signings. IMO, De La Cruz may have the highest ceiling in the organization (even though the odds of him reaching are very long). Tols has been entertaining me with his ultra high spin rate CB for the last two years.

    It will be interesting to see how the 2017 draft stacks up to the 2014 class (1st rounder Aaron Nola and 5th rounder Rhys Hoskins) when all is said and done.

    1. Aside from Howard all those guys are lottery tickets or low-ceiling types. Sorry but I’m not buying Haseley, who looked like an approximation of Kevin Pillar, as a 3+ WAR player going forward.

      1. You could be right. That’s why I stated “it’s still too early”. However, let me point out Haseley accumulated 1.8 rWAR in just 67 games last season.

        Just a side note: Kevin Pillar has posted rWAR seasons of 5.8, 3.9, and 2.9.

        1. It’s been awhile since I read into the differences between them, but isn’t fWAR seen as being more accurate for defensive stats? I always look at that for position players (preferring rWAR for pitchers). Fangraphs has Pillar’s career year at 3.7 WAR and Haseley last season at 0.9. Pillar is essentially a good 4th OF / low end starter in my eyes.

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