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Draft Preview: With 75th Pick, Not Much To Preview

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, June 08, 2009 04:20 PM | Comments: 11
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DraftThe 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.).

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  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Id prefer to see them go with a Power Arm from college. The best guy left on the board. Sign him over slot. Preferably Relief. You can never have too many power arms coming out of the bullpen late in the season and in the playoffs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Maybe take a guy who projects to replace Romero in 2 years as the Left-Handed Setup Man. Do they really have anyone to fill that role int eh future? I dotn think they do.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Otherwise take the best Infield Prosect you can find…

     
  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    Geoff: The guy who started yesterday would make an outstanding left-handed setup man. There are a few others in the system who project near that, as well. Moreover, no team drafts for a left-handed reliever. With pitchers, you draft guys you can project for the majors, then as you develop their stuff, you see who has the right stuff for certain roles.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I was just going to say that Bastardo profiles as a Romero-type, but Tim beat me to it. It won’t be the last time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    I thought Bastardo started out as reliever in the Phillies farm (AA?). Throwing fastballs 80% of the time in his two starts suggests he is still adapting to the role of starter. He had began his new role as starter for a short time in Lehigh Valley this season. Correct me if I’m wrong on that.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    The only reason Bastardo is a Romero type is secondary pitches. If he had more time to devolpe his changeup and slider. He could be a really nice starter. At lehigh valley he could throw the offspeed stuff more, the games mean nothing, but in our rotation , its fastball after fastball, it will be hard for him to develope his secondary stuff. it’s a shame they had to rush him. Tim, Overbeck can’t play a lick, Shreve is hurt so we don’t know what kind of pick he will be. if he can’t come back from surgery like a Savery it’s a waste pick. But I love swimmer he is a real nice relief ace maybe will go to reading by end of june. Can make the team next year as Durbin replacement. To answer Geoff question they have Savery who can be a left handed loogy, or Zauchski is another one who is groom for a Romero type role, and they have Bauer who might do it too, so there are some candidates

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    I would definitely like to see them start to take a more aggresive approach to the draft…draft high schoolers with signability questions, then pay them enough to want to forgo college and enter the minor league system (a la Red Sox, Marlins)….it’s relatively cheap compared to signing all these big name free agents, and it lets you develop the talent from within your own system…

     
  • Posts: 0 4daysrest.com

    Look for the Phillies to draft a kid named Ryan Buch out of Monmouth University. I went to school with this kid. He’s a talented young right-handed pitcher. Born in Phildelphia, but raised and currently resides in Yardley, PA.

    He just finished his junior year where the team won its third straight NEC division title. They have a strong baseball program and this kid was the stud that has led them for the last 3 years. In his college career so far, he has 231 strikeouts in 210 innings pitched.

    He’s 6’2″, 195lbs, and throws a 91-94mph fastball with a great biting curveball in the low 80′s. Baseball Prospectus has him projected as the 90th overall pick and the 24th best right-handed pitcher. The Phillies had him in for a workout last Thursday and reportedly liked him.

    With the 75th pick – who knows.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I agree that Bastardo would make a good setup man. Though I think he still can be a good starter. However, if he doesnt add more pitches to his regularly-used arsenal like that changeup then hell have to go in the pen because hitters will crush that. But hey like I said, it wouldnt be bad to have him coming out of the pen in the 7th inning next year as eyre’s replacement and romeros ultimate successor. You can NEVER have too many power arms coming out of the bullpen in the playoffs.

    I see your point, Tim. What I meant is just get another power Left-Handed arm in there. Ryan Buch is RHP. Looks like he could develop into a good power arm.

    Command comes with repetitions and experience, or if the guy is already very good. I think we should go as over slot as we can here though and get someone who we think will be ready to contribute to the big club in TWO years…

    My theory is that the easiest way to do that is with a power arm that can be used from the bullpen. we have a TON of quality starting pitching prospects now. now we need to build up some other areas.

    what about position players? anyone have any ideas there?

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    I think we can never have enough quality pitching prospects, because as good as our crop looks now, invariably, people wont pan out, will get hurt, etc. and if we have excess, pitching is the most valued commodity on the trade market, so therefore, if we see a good young pitcher there at 75 who’s as good or better value than a position player, we should take him

     
 
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