What draft strategy could the Phillies possibly have with the 75th pick in today’s First-Year Player Draft?
Scouting Director Marti Wolever laid it out there:
“We’ll look to take the best player we can. We like high-ceiling players, guys where there’s some risk and high reward. We like athletic kids with aptitude, kids who are aggressive. That combination is what we’re looking for.”
What, you wanted him to say “We really want a bulky first baseman from the junior college circuit”?
The Phillies recent drafting preferences remain highly athletic, toolsy hitting types. You can rattle off the names like a song: Greg Golson, Michael Taylor, Anthony Hewitt. And the need for “high-ceiling” guys (Really, who doesn’t look for high-ceiling guys early?) has paid off: Since Wolever took the reins in 2002 the Phils have drafted Cole Hamels, Zach Segovia, Michael Bourn, Kyle Kendrick, Greg Golson, Jason Jaramillo, JA Happ, Lou Marson, Matthew Maloney, Joshua Outman, Mike Zagurski and Andrew Carpenter, who have all played in the majors.