Not sure how many of you East Coasters are still awake, but we've got a little bit of news here at the ballpark. The Phillies have agreed to terms with righthander Jonathan Pettibone, the No. 110 overall selection and a supplemental third rounder. It's a big signing in the sense that the Phillies strayed away from the slotting recommendation's handed down by Major League Baseball in order to lure Pettibone away from a scholarship from Southern California. To put it in perspective, the guy who was drafted immediately after Pettibone in the supplemental round got $125,000. From what I've been told, Pettibone got close to four times that amount.
The Phils have lost out on some good arms in the past because of their inability to sign them. The biggest example that comes to mind is Joe Saunders, who went to Virginia Tech after being drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 1999 draft and is now 14-5 with a 3.07 ERA with the Angels.
The Phils love Pettibone's upside. He's 6-foot-5, throws in the high 80's right now, has a good change-up, and has a frame that looks conducive to adding weight.
So he's a Phillies now. The only player of the Top 10 who hasn't signed his Johnny Coy, a third baseman who will probably end up going to Arizona State on a basketball schorlaship. The Phillies have talked with Coy about a deal that would enable him to play basketball and then play baseball in the Phillies system during the offseason. But it's not clear how that will work out. Another one to keep your eye on is Ryan Weber, a 12th-round pitcher who has a scholarship on the table from Florida but has said he will attend junior college in St. Petersburg instead.
P.S.: Brad Lidge says he's ready to throw tonight. I talked to him early in the afternoon and he said it would definitely either be today or tomorrow. He's had a stiff shoulder, if you recall. He hasn't pitched since Friday. After throwing later in the afternoon in the outfield, Lidge labelled himself good to go. He should be available if needed tonight.