Draft Report Cards: Philadelphia Phillies
BEST PURE HITTER
|The Phillies have had success in recent years polishing up pitchers such as Garner, Morgado and Buchanan, and raw athletes such as Eldemire. Biddle, on the other hand, may not need much polish.
Bonus Spending: $3.9 million
: Philadelphia didn't focus on bats in this draft and went above-slot late for OF Brian Pointer (28), who signed for $350,000. He has a smooth swing, solid bat speed and a quiet approach at the plate. » BEST POWER HITTER
: C Cameron Rupp (3) has a strong, durable frame that serves him well behind the plate and as a power hitter. » FASTEST RUNNER
: OF Gauntlett Eldemire (6) is a classic Phillies pick as a fairly raw athlete with upside. He's a plus runner. » BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
: Rupp is a sound receiver with catch-and-throw stills who fills a need in the lower levels of the system, after the organization has traded away catching in the last couple of seasons. Eldemire still needs some polish, but his speed fits in center field.
: LHP Jesse Biddle (1) has easy velocity, as his arm works and he as a smooth delivery, and runs his fastball up to 94 mph. RHPs David Buchanan (7) and RHP Perci Garner (2) and LHP Bryan Morgado (4) are college arms that need polish but can reach the mid-90s. » BEST SECONDARY PITCH
: Garner throws a tight power curve around 80 mph.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT
: RHP Eric Pettis (35) pitched a lot at UC Irvine but was in outstanding form after signing, going 8-0, 1.37 with seven saves while relieving and starting at short-season Batavia. He has a three-pitch mix, throws a lot of strikes and stays ahead of hitters, pitching aggressively. » BEST ATHLETE
: Eldemire, who also has some bat speed. He's not as raw as a high schooler but has less polish than the average college bat. » MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND
: Garner played quarterback at Ball State before focusing on baseball. Jake Smith (15) could rate as this draft's best defensive player at third base, but his slow bat, low-90s fastball and feel for pitching (he was the closer at Alabama) have prompted the Phillies to move him to the mound in instructional league. RHP Jake Borup (23) spent two seasons on a Mormon mission before helping pitch Arizona State to the 2010 College World Series. Eldemire is Gauntlett Eldemire III; his great-grandparents were of Jamaican and German descent and named their son Gauntlett due to the problems he would face due to his mixed heritage. » CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS
: Rupp or Pettis. » BEST LATE-ROUND PICK
: Pointer or RHP Kevin Walter (20), who had an up-and-down spring but flashes low-90s velocity and two breaking balls. » THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY
: RHP Scott Frazier (5) spurned a seven-figure offer; when he didn't sign, Philadephia turned around and spent exactly $1 million combined on Pointer, Walter and RHP Jonathan Musser (21).