Philadelphia Phillies MLB Draft Results: Scouting Profiles for 2012 Picks

June 3, 2012 by  
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As we head into the 2012 MLB draft, the Philadelphia Phillies are in need of replenishing their farm system.

While they do not have a first-round pick this year because of the Jonathan Papelbon signing (they forfeited their first-round pick to the Boston Red Sox upon signing Pap), they do have two picks in the compensatory round: 40th and 54th, respectively. That signing has worked out pretty well for them, though, considering Pap is tied for fourth in saves in all of Major League Baseball.

In all, the Phillies will have 42 selections this year.

For those that wish to follow along, will be streaming rounds two through 40, which is down from last seasons 50 rounds. The team has 12 picks in the first 10 rounds.

In the form of compensation, the team has $4,916,900 allocated in the bonus pool for signing draft picks, which breaks down as follows:

First pick: $1,291,900 

Second pick: $940,200

Third pick, 77th overall: $659,800

Fourth pick, 95th overall: $500,000 

The later picks will obviously make less as the draft runs deeper.

The Phillies have a solid list of both college and high school prospects on their radar worth mentioning, with a majority of their focus on pitching. Of the 12 players thought to be high on the Phils’ draft board, six are pitchers.


College Prospects

The team has been tied to six top college prospects in terms of realistic draft opportunities at any of their four top-100 selections. Those players are:

LHP Logan Ehlers, Howard

RHP Pierce Johnson, Missouri State

RHP Pat Light, Monmouth

MIF Kenny Diekroeger, Stanford

SS Nolan Fantana, Florida

OF Jeff Gelalich, UCLA


High School Prospects

As with their college prospects, the Phillies have a large focus on high school arms in which they are looking at. Here are the top six high school players rumored to be on the team’s draft board:

RHP Mitch Brown, Century High School

RHP Nick Travieso, Archbishop McCarthy High School, Florida

RHP Shane Watson, Lakewood High School, California

OF Anthony Alford, Petal High School

OF Lewis Brenson, Coral Springs High School

C Wyatt Mathisen, Calallen High School

Check back here for live updates as the Phillies make their first four selections in the MLB Draft for complete player analysis and Major League projections!

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Cole Hamels: If the Phillies Are Sellers, Could He Go to the Dodgers?

May 11, 2012 by  
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If you want to take Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. at his word, then the team with the second highest payroll in baseball might be sellers this season.

In some regards, it would make sense.

The team depleted its farm system to obtain Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee (the first time) and Hunter Pence, for example, and are currently 5.5 games out of first place in the NL East.

True, it is still early, but it sure feels like it’s been a long season in Philly.

Naturally, those interested in buying would be the “haves” of baseball: teams that are just missing a piece here or there to put their team over the top for a long playoff push.

The Dodgers are just such a team.

While sitting a comfortable five games ahead of the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West, the Dodgers are currently tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the best record in the National League.

Cole Hamels would take the Dodgers from being a really good team to a great team, if they chose to pursue him.

Hamels currently owns a 4-1 record with a 2.45 ERA and 1.107 WHIP in six starts. That places him ahead of Clayton Kershaw in both wins and ERA, and tied with Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly for wins on the Dodgers.

How would that be for a starting rotation?

Kershaw, Hamels, Chad Billingsley, Capuano and Lilly. The team could bump Aaron Harang or use him as trade fodder.

It’s still too early to tell if the Phils will be sellers. If if it ends up that way, the Dodgers need to be in on Hamels and be in on him in a big way.

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