The Phillies usually have a steady draft strategy. They’ll go for a athletic prep school player early, someone who shows speed and range but might not be ready to hit the ball yet. After that comes a mix of established college players and power prep pitchers. What results is a fast and ready group of players who energize the farm system early in their minor league careers.
This year, however, you can throw all of it out the window.
The Phillies open their picks with the 75th selection in this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It’s impossible to predict what the Phillies will do in this position, but there are thoughts. Phuture Phillies goes with Jeff Malm, a high school first baseman who has a strong commitment to USC.
Honestly, though, you don’t know what the Phillies will do this year. At least last year there was discussion about Anthony Hewitt. This year the Phillies’ first pick will determine more on what other teams do before them. Remember, though, last year the Phils scored numerous nice picks in the second round and beyond. Players picked after 75 last season include Vance Worley (102), Trevor May (136), Colby Shreve (196), Cody Overbeck (286), Michael Stutes (346), Brian Rosenberg (406), Michael Schwimer (436), Tyler Cloyd (556) and Mike Cisco (1,096).
We’ll update you with the picks starting tomorrow night (6 p.m.).