Saturday, July 4, 2015

One consolation: A high draft pick

An 81-81 season produced many things for these Phillies, among them, a higher draft pick than in recent history. They will select 16th in Major League Baseball's June draft. It is their highest selection since 2001 when righty Gavin Floyd was tabbed with the fourth overall pick.

One consolation: A high draft pick

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The Phillies will select 16th in MLB´s draft, their highest selection since drafting Gavin Floyd in 2001. (Kathy Willens/AP file photo)
The Phillies will select 16th in MLB's draft, their highest selection since drafting Gavin Floyd in 2001. (Kathy Willens/AP file photo)

An 81-81 season produced many things for these Phillies, among them, a higher draft pick than in recent history. They will select 16th in Major League Baseball's June draft. It is their highest selection since 2001 when righty Gavin Floyd was tabbed with the fourth overall pick.

The last 10 years have yielded two first-round picks that have made it to Philadelphia -- Greg Golson (2004) and Joe Savery (2007). Adrian Cardenas (2006) and Kyle Drabek (2006) have both appeared elsewhere in the majors.

Part of that, of course, is the constant winning that has placed the Phillies near the bottom of the draft order. After the 1997 J.D. Drew detente, the Phillies drafted six straight first-rounders -- Pat Burrell, Brett Myers, Chase Utley, Floyd and Cole Hamels -- with significant results. They were all selected 17th or higher. 

The Phillies have drafted 27 players 16th or higher. Eight never played a game in the majors; the last being Chad McConnell, an outfielder from Creighton University selected 13th overall in 1992.

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That makes this particular pick an important one for assistant general manager Marti Wolever and his amateur scouting staff.

A list of the 12 picks since Floyd was drafted at No. 4:

YearRndOvPck PosWARGABHRBAOPSGWLERAWHIPType
2012 1 40 Shane Watson (minors) RHP                       HS
2012 1 54 Mitch Gueller (minors) RHP                       HS
2011 1s 39 *Larry Greene (minors) OF                       HS
2010 1 27 Jesse Biddle (minors) LHP                       HS
2008 1 24 Anthony Hewitt (minors) SS                       HS
2008 1s 34 *Zach Collier (minors) OF                       HS
2007 1 19 Joe Savery (minors) LHP -0.3 23 2 0 .000 .000 23 1 2 4.88 1.27 4Yr
2007 1s 37 *Travis d'Arnaud (minors) C                       HS
2006 1 18 *Kyle Drabek (minors) RHP -0.4 34 2 0 .000 .000 34 8 15 5.34 1.67 HS
2006 1s 37 *Adrian Cardenas (minors) SS -0.3 45 60 0 .183 .552           HS
2004 1 21 Greg Golson (minors) OF -0.6 40 41 0 .195 .458           HS
2002 1 17 Cole Hamels (minors) LHP 28.2 219 450 1 .169 .404 212 91 60 3.34 1.14 HS
2001 1 4 Gavin Floyd (minors) RHP 13.2 194 54 0 .056 .145 194 70 66 4.46 1.33 HS

D'Arnaud was a primary piece in the Roy Halladay trade. Collier, Hewitt, Biddle, Greene, Watson and Gueller all remain in the Phillies system. Biddle is currently the lone legitimate prospect of the bunch.

The Phillies finished 2012 tied with Arizona, but the Diamondbacks will pick 15th because the tiebreaker is awarded to the team with the worse record in 2011. Pittsburgh has two picks in the top 14 as consolation for not signing its first-round selection last summer.

The top 10 picks are protected from compensation. But, beginning this winter, a free agent is subject to compensation only if his former team offers a one-year qualifying offer of approximately $13.3 million. That should limit the amount of free agents that will cost draft picks to sign.

The old designations of Type A and B free agents no longer exist.


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