Category Archives: 2008 Draft

Draft Revisited: 2008

After a break, here is the 2008 draft class.  There have been a huge number of players from this class to make the major leagues, despite the first two names on the list being considered to be huge busts.  More of the class has been used in most major trades that the Phillies were involved in during their NL East dominating years.  Many of the names involved will be very familiar to both casual and hard core fans.

Round 1 Pick 24Anthony Hewitt
Going into the draft Hewitt was viewed as having boom-bust potential. Hewitt’s HS competition was poor and so is approach was incredibly raw, additionally is poor defense was going to force him off SS into the OF. From his first season to now it has been a long journey for Hewitt. He displays huge raw power, plus speed, and plus arm strength, however he has been unable to develop an approach. In 2013 Hewitt set a career high in walk rate but he still struggles against same handed pitching and breaking balls.  2014  Outlook: Lehigh Valley Continue reading Draft Revisited: 2008

2008 Draft Recap; Epilogue

Part 1: Rounds 30-50
Part 2: Rounds 20-29
Part 3: Rounds 11-19
Part 4: Rounds 1-10
Part 5: Overview of the draft/comparison to last 2 drafts

Today we put the final coat of paint on the 2008 draft in terms of short term analysis. The true value of this draft isn’t likely to be known for 4-5 years, maybe even more because of the sheer number of high school picks taken. It will be fun to watch guys progress over the next year or two, but we’ll need much more time to evaluate true worth. I have some general thoughts, as well as some comparison info to post as well. Lets get to it.

Edit. Yeah, Epilogue. I finished writing this at 4AM last night. It slipped my mind.

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2008 Draft Recap; Part 1

My original plan was to start by giving an overview of the draft, talking about the overall numbers and how they are different from the last two drafts, but I decided to kind of change course a bit. Instead, I’ll save that summary until the end of the line, and instead I’ll start at the back of the draft and work my way forward. I’ll go round by round, giving my thoughts on each pick. Since lots of the late round guys didn’t sign, I’m going to do the first few installments in big chunks. This is my plan;

Part 1: Rounds 30-50
Part 2: Rounds 20-29
Part 3: Rounds 11-19
Part 4: Rounds 1-10
Part 5: Overview of the draft/comparison to last 2 drafts

There is plenty to discuss here in each section. So lets get to it.

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2008 Draft Picks

Here is the main 2008 Draft Picks resource. If you had more college stats or info on any of these players, please post it.

I’ll put the player’s name in BOLD after he’s signed. If you come across anything interesting on any of these guys, articles and the like, feel free to post them in the comments so I can eventually add the articles to the player’s respective Profile.

24. Anthony Hewitt, SS (Salisbury School, CT)
34. Zach Collier, OF (Chino Hills HS, CA)
51. Anthony Gose, LHP/OF
71. Jason Knapp, RHP (North Hunterdon HS, NJ)
102. Vance Worley, RHP (Long Beach State)
109. Jonathon Pettibone, RHP (Esperanza HS, CA)
136. Trevor May, RHP (Kelso HS, WA)
166. Jeremy Hamilton, 1B (Wright State)
196. Colby Shreve, RHP (CC of Southern Nevada)
226. Johnny Coy, 3B (Benson HS, MO)
256. Julio Rodriguez, RHP (Puerto Rico BB Academy HS)
286. Cody Overbeck, 3B (Mississippi)
316. Jean Rodriguez, C (George Washington HS, NY)
346. Michael Stutes, RHP (Oregon State)
376. Ryan (James) Weber, RHP (Central Clearwater Catholic HS, FL)
406. Brian Rosenberg, RHP (Louisville)
436. Michael Schwimer, RHP (UVA)
466. Damarii Saunderson, OF (Northville HS, MI)
496. Troy Hanzawa, SS (San Diego State)
526. James Murphy, 1B (Washington State)
556. Tyler Cloyd, RHP (No School)
586. Stephen Susdorf, OF (Fresno State)
616. Eryk McConnell, RHP (NC State)
646. Sean Grieve, LHP (William and Mary)

676. Daniel Hargrave, 2B (UNC Wilmington)
706. Brandon Haislet, OF (Hawaii)
736. David Noles, LHP (Columbus State)
766. Daniel Edwards, RHP (Kansas State)
796. Ryan Bergh, RHP (Old Dominion)
826. Chad Poe, RHP (Bossier Parish CC)
856. Jordan Ellis, RHP (Villanova)
886. Keon Broxton, 3B (Lakeland High School, FL)
916. DJ Henderson, SS (Southeastern HS, MI)
946. Spencer Arroyo, LHP (Modesto JuCo, CA)
976. Shaun Ellis, RHP (Polk CC, FL)
1006. James Simpson, 1B (Dowagiac Union HS, MI)
1036. Blaine O’Brien, RHP (Scituate HS, MA)
1066. Ruddy Rio-Nunez, OF (Edouard Montpetit HS)
1096. Michael Cisco, RHP (South Carolina)

1126. Matthew Johnson, OF (John W North HS, CA)
1156. Jarred Cosart, RHP (Clear Creek HS, TX)
1186. Joseph Pond, RHP (Judge Memorial Catholic HS, UT)
1216. Daniel Marrs, RHP (James River HS, VA)
1246. Michael Petello, OF (Scottsdale CC, AZ)
1276. Mike Bolsenbroek, RHP (No School)
1306. Bryan Frew, OF (Nebraska-Omaha)
1335. Charles Law, RHP (Mainland Regional HS, NJ)
1363. Justin Zumwalde, 1B (Sabino HS, AZ)
1390. Giovany Soto, LHP (Advanced Central College HS)
1417. Nathan Fike, LHP (Potomac State College, WV)
1444. Mark Ginther, SS (Jenks HS, OK)
1471. Michael Russo, RHP (Hun School, NJ)
1498. Josh Hake, RHP (Park University, AZ)

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College statistics

Michael Schwimer, RHP

2008: 26 G, 31.1 IP – 1.72 ERA – 19 H – 10 BB – 35 K – 1 HR – .178 OPP AVG
2007: 23 G, 39.0 IP – 2.77 ERA – 32 H – 12 BB – 38 K – 3 HR – .229 OPP AVG

Mike Cisco, RHP

2008: 16 G (11 GS) – 71.0 IP – 4.82 ERA – 93 H – 14 BB – 40 K – 7 HR – .314 OPP AVG
2007: 16 G (14 GS) – 86.2 IP – 3.84 ERA – 88 H – 18 BB – 74 K – 7 HR – .261 OPP AVG

Brandon Haislet, OF

2008: 229 AB – .389/.482/.585 – 22 2B – 1 3B – 7 HR – 50 RBI – 11/19 SB
2007: 215 AB – .335/.424/.493 – 18 2B – 2 3B – 4 HR – 39 RBI – 13/14 SB

Spencer Arroyo, RHP

2008: 14 G (13 GS) – 77.0 IP – 2.22 ERA – 81 H – 21 BB – 48 K – 1 HR – .270 OPP AVG

Cosart gets $550K

According to Baseball America, Cosart’s bonus was $550K, or essentially the recommended slot for the 73rd overall pick. I was going to just make a note of this in the bottom of today’s musings post, but this warrants its own mention. I can’t even begin to express how important this is. Add this to the Shreve, Pettibone and May signings, and the Phillies have made a clear statement.

Monday musings

I have a few random (and a few not so random) thoughts today, and then I’ll open the floor for discussion. So lets just get right to it.

* I wanted to make a remark about the recent direction the site has been heading. This is NOT a website for discussing the major league team. If you want to discuss the Phillies, the major league team, there are TONS of websites out there, including a really well written blog here. If you just have to talk about the latest Carlos Ruiz AB, you can find tons of message boards and blogs where that would be appropriate. My sole intention for starting this site was to discuss the minor leagues and the amateur side relating to the Phillies, because I felt that was an area that was lacking. Its my intention to keep it that way. I’ve generally been lenient with regard to moderating these types of discussions, and I’ve allowed lots of non-related talk. Well, from this point on, I’m just going to remove comments that are off topic. Its that simple. If your post disappears, its either because you posted tons of links in one reply (those get caught in moderation momentarily, they’ll show up once approved) or because you posted something that has nothing to do with the minor leagues. Its really disrespectful to my volunteers here who put in a lot of time writing a weekly report to have people discussing Jimmy Rollins or Carlos Ruiz in their weekly post. Its not going to happen anymore.

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Phillies sign Jarred Cosart

Taken from an updated article on the Phillies.com website

The Phillies signed high-school right-hander Jarred Cosart, a 38th-round pick, in the hour leading up to the deadline. His fastball has been clocked as high as 94 mph.

This definitely came out of left field. I was under the impression, based on everything I’d read, that Cosart was unsignable. This is what BA had on him

As an outfielder, Jarred Cosart broke Jay Buhner’s Clear Creek High record for batting average this spring, hitting .506 to Buhner’s .480. But pro teams are more interested in Cosart as a loose, athletic 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander. He reached 96 mph with his fastball in the fall, but he topped out at 92 this spring. He’s more of a project as a pitcher than he is as a hitter, as he has an awkward pause in the middle of his delivery that compromises his ability to throw strikes or refine his secondary pitches. He wanted top-three-rounds money to sign, which means he’ll likely attend Missouri, where he’ll play both ways.

So we’re talking somewhere around $400K or so, it would seem. It will be real interesting to see whether the Phillies want him to pitch or hit. This is a big signing on a lot of levels.

EDIT —>

PGCrosschecker’s most recent comments on him

Jarred Cosart is a 2008 OF/1B/3B/P with a 6’3”, 180 lb. frame from League City, TX who attends Clear Creek HS. Tall athletic build, outstanding raw tools, recorded highest velocity ever in a workout from the outfield, quick wrists at the plate, solid middle of the field contact, level swing plane, good raw hitting tools, great actions, solid footwork, unbelievable arm strength, quick clean arm action on the mound, balanced delivery, nice extension, sharp 11 to 5 curveball, curveball is an out pitch, nice sink and run on change-up, feel for three above average pitches, strong student, highest level prospect, potential early round draft pick.

EDIT #2 —->

I created a small chart to highlight the Phillies notable picks and how the slotting came into play. You can see it here.

The bonus figures for the first 5 rounds are estimates from BA in terms of the slots, the bonus amounts for everyone but Cosart are confirmed. The Cosart bonus is a pure guess on my part, but its based on what was given to Sampson last year, it could have been even higher. There is no real slot past the 10th round, and even bonuses from the 6th-10th rounds widely vary. This was a huge draft for the Phillies. Not only did they nab a big time arm in the 38th round, but they took a bunch of high ceiling guys in the first 10 rounds and signed all but one. Shreve is an easy guy to overlook because hes out injured, but before the injury he was considered a supplemental first round pick.

This was a huge draft for the Phillies. Huge.

Signing deadline today; the crow flies at midnight

If you find any articles talking about unsigned Phillies picks coming to terms, please post them here. I’ll do my best to check regularly and update this post as things develop, if anything develops. The Phillies drafted tons of high ceiling high school kids and have signed a few of them already, while also adding hard throwing college pitchers as well. I’ll have more thoughts on the draft after the deadline has passed. For now, just post here if you find anything and I’ll update as needed.

Unsigned picks

226. Johnny Coy, 3B (Benson HS, MO)
376. Ryan (James) Weber, RHP (Central Clearwater Catholic HS, FL)
766. Daniel Edwards, RHP (Kansas State)
886. Keon Broxton, 3B (Lakeland High School, FL) [Likely to sign?]
916. DJ Henderson, SS (Southeastern HS, MI)
1006. James Simpson, 1B (Dowagiac Union HS, MI)
1036. Blaine O’Brien, RHP (Scituate HS, MA)
1126. Matthew Johnson, OF (John W North HS, CA)
1156. Jarred Cosart, RHP (Clear Creek HS, TX)
1186. Joseph Pond, RHP (Judge Memorial Catholic HS, UT)
1216. Daniel Marrs, RHP (James River HS, VA)
1246. Michael Petello, OF (Scottsdale CC, AZ)
1335. Charles Law, RHP (Mainland Regional HS, NJ)
1363. Justin Zumwalde, 1B (Sabino HS, AZ)
1390. Giovany Soto, LHP (Advanced Central College HS)
1444. Mark Ginther, SS (Jenks HS, OK)
1471. Michael Russo, RHP (Hun School, NJ)
1498. Josh Hake, RHP (Park University, AZ)