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.”
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.