Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, July 25, 2014 07:30 AM Comments: 0
When lefty pitcher Matt Imhof was drafted by the Phillies with the 47th overall pick this year, it came as a surprise to the young hurler. The transition to the professional ranks isn’t something that has surprised the 20-year-old though, as he feels he knew exactly what to expect.
The Cal Poly product took time after the draft to wrap up his final exams, then headed straight to Philadelphia to sign with the Phils, who weren’t really on his personal radar as a team that might select him in the draft until minutes before the pick was announced.
“We were watching from the first pick and I got a call from my advisor at, like, pick 45 and he said, ‘The Phillies are going to pick you at 47.’ I got that call and let my family know and pick 47 came up and my name flashed across the screen and everyone stood up and screamed and my dad knocked a chair over,” an excited Imhof explained.
“There was a level of surprise. I didn’t really know who was going to take me, but I hadn’t really talked to the Phillies especially leading up to the draft. I had talked to them early, kind of in the fall. They kind of left me alone. Not that they didn’t want me or anything, I just didn’t know. And it just happened to be that and they said they were hot on me from the beginning. It was just one of those things where they were playing their cards close and it worked out,” Imhof added. Continue reading Second round pick Imhof prepared for transition to minors