While writing some draft reports this morning, I was looking at our state-by-state coverage from 2009, and stumbled across this passage from Texas. Max Muncy and Dane Phillips were our 45th- and 46th-rated prospects in the Lone Star State:
Max Muncy and Dane Phillips are gifted hitters who would be more attractive to pro clubs if scouts believed they could catch. Muncy, who's 6 feet and 185 pounds, has a lefty line-drive stroke and arguably the best bat among Dallas-area high schoolers. He didn't look good behind the plate in a trial with his summer team, so it would take a lot of projection to believe in him as a catcher. An infielder in high school, he has some arm strength and will play second base, third base or the outfield if he attends Baylor.
Scouts give Phillips high marks for his lefthanded bat, athleticism and work ethic, but they're still skeptical that he can catch. He has enough arm strength but has struggled to handle quality arms such as former high school teammate Trey Haley (an Indians second-round pick in 2008) and select squad teammate Matthew Purke (a projected first-rounder this June). Six-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Phillips has solid speed and could move to the outfield if catching doesn't work out. He has committed to Oklahoma State and is believed to want first- or sandwich-round money to sign.
Three years later, those reports still ring true. Phillips, ranked No. 76 on our Draft Top 100 rankings, is now at Oklahoma City and splitting time between catcher and first base. Scouts still like his potent bat but think he's more likely to wind up in the outfield or at first base than behind the plate.
Muncy, who will check in at No. 140 when we unveil the players ranked 101-200 on our draft list tomorrow, continues to barrel balls consistently and show glimpses of power. He has started at first base for three years at Baylor, though scouts still dream of increasing his value by trying to play him elsewhere. The Bears gave him a look at second base in fall ball.
Because he at least has a chance to catch, Phillips will get drafted ahead of Muncy in June, probably in the second or third round. Muncy figures to go in the fourth or fifth round.
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