Saturday, March 28, 2015

Some potential Phillies draft picks

The Phillies have the 40th and 54th picks in the first day of the baseball draft Monday. Marti Wolever, the team’s assistant general manager in charge of scouting, said he will be looking for some position players in this year’s draft, which was also a focus a year ago. If that's the direction they go with their first two picks, here’s a look at 10 position players the Phillies could select.

Some potential Phillies draft picks

Scouts see Florida shortstop Nolan Fontana as one of the draft’s safest bets. (Phil Sandlin/AP Photo)
Scouts see Florida shortstop Nolan Fontana as one of the draft’s safest bets. (Phil Sandlin/AP Photo)

The Phillies have the 40th and 54th picks in the first day of the baseball draft Monday. Marti Wolever, the team’s assistant general manager in charge of scouting, said he will be looking for some position players in this year’s draft, which was also a focus a year ago. If that's the direction they go with their first two picks, here’s a look at 10 position players the Phillies could select.

Name                      Pos.              School

Anthony Alford          OF                Petal High School, Mississippi

Baseball America comments: “A two-sport athlete … committed to Southern Mississippi for baseball and football. Said in April he would attend college.”

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Barrett Barnes           OF                 Texas Tech

BA comments: “Has a chance to go in the first round and probably won’t last past the sandwich round. Plus righthanded power and the possibility he could stick in center field make him attractive.”

Lewis Brinson            OF                   Coral Springs High School, Florida

BA comments: “Scouts like his tools and makeup, but his performance has driven his stock down a bit this spring.”

Clint Coulter               C                    Union High School, Camas, Washington

BA comments: “To put it simply, Coulter is a beast. Runners will not want to encounter him at the plate as the former state wrestling champion has a chiseled 6-foot-3 , 200-pound frame.”

Nolan Fontana           SS                   University of Florida

BA comments: “Scouts see him as one of the draft’s safest bets for his defensive and hitting skills, despite his lack of impact tools.”

Mitch Haniger             OF                  Cal Poly

BA comments: “He has generated top-50-pick buzz by showing two legitimate plus tools in his power and arm strength.”

Carson Kelly              3B/RHP             Westview High School, Portland, Oregon

BA comments: “He is a two-way player, but most scouts prefer him as a position player. He’s a below-average runner, but his other skills are solid.

Wyatt Mathisen          C                    Calallen High School, Corpus Christi, Texas

BA comments: Mathisen is the best high school catching prospect in the draft, though he hasn’t seen much time behind the plate for Calallen High, which deemed him more valuable as a shortstop and pitcher.”

James Ramsey           OF                   Florida State University

BA comments: “Scouts have called Ramsey the Tim Tebow of Florida State baseball, referring to his leadership, strong Christian faith and big-play ability.”

Jameis Winston         OF                    Hueytown High School, Alabama

BA comments: “Winston is part of a long line of Florida State quarterback signees who also have baseball as a possibility. The group includes the likes of Chris Weinke, Danny Kannell, Joe Mauer and more recently D’Vontrey Richardson.


 


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