Philadelphia Phillies

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 27 Jesse Biddle LHP Germantown Friends HS, Philadelphia Pa. $1,160,000
Biddle's stock climbed along with his fastball velocity as the spring progressed. In his first outing of the season against Germantown Academy ace Keenan Kish, Biddle worked at 88-91 mph, but by the end of April he was sitting at 90-92 and touching 93-94 at times, with sinking and cutting action. Biddle's best assets are his arm strength and size; his 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame is both physical and projectable, and his upside is significant. But Biddle lacks polish and must do a better job staying on top of his secondary stuff. Scouts widely agree that his slider is more promising than his soft curveball, but he seldom deploys the slider in games, relying instead on the curve. His slider has a chance to be above-average in time. Some scouts say Biddle has shown feel for a tumbling changeup in bullpens and between innings, but he does not throw it in games. Biddle is an Oregon recruit who is regarded as a difficult sign, but he is a top-three-rounds talent with a chance to land a high six-figure bonus.
2 77 Perci Garner RHP Ball State Ind. $470,700
Ball State produced a first-round pick (Bryan Bullington, No. 1 overall) and sandwich-rounder (Luke Hagerty) in the 2002 draft, and could repeat the feat again this year with Kolbrin Vitek and Garner. Garner joined the Cardinals on a football scholarship, but didn't see any game action in two years as a quarterback. After he emerged as the best pitching prospect in the Great Lakes League last summer, he gave up football, and he has continued to make strides this spring. Garner opened the season in Ball State's bullpen but moved into the rotation after shutting down a talented Louisville lineup for four innings in mid-March. He has a strong, athletic 6-foot-2, 225-pound frame and a pair of plus pitches in a lively 92-94 mph fastball that reaches 97 and a power curveball. He also throws a slider and a changeup. Garner's inexperience on the mound shows at times. His delivery can get slow and lack rhythm, and improving it would help his control. Though he's a draft-eligible sophomore, he's not considered a difficult sign.
3 108 Cameron Rupp C Texas Texas $287,000
Teams covet catchers with power and arm strength, which put Rupp in position to be a possible first-round pick. But he hasn't had the numbers to put him there, batting .313/.401/.498 though conference tournament play. Scouts have admired his strength since he won the home run derby at the 2006 Aflac Classic, though they aren't sure he'll be able to tap into his power as a pro. He has an arm bar in his righthanded swing that allows pitchers to tie him up inside with good velocity, and he chases too many offspeed pitches and offerings up in the strike zone. Rupp has worked hard to improve his defense and keep his 6-foot-2, 235-pound frame under control, but scouts still worry that his size and lack of athleticism will affect his long-term ability to remain behind the plate. He has plus arm strength and has shortened what once was a long release, and while it's still not compact, he has thrown out 40 percent of basestealers this year. He has gotten better as a receiver and calls most of the pitches for college baseball's most talented pitching staff. He's similar to Ryan Garko, who was a third-round pick out of Stanford, with more power and defensive ability than Garko had.
4 141 Bryan Morgado LHP Tennessee Tenn. $182,700
Redshirt junior lefty Morgado never produced, and it's unlikely he'll match last year's third-round draft status. Recruited out of South Florida by former Volunteers coach Rod Delmonico, Morgado missed Delmonico's final season as a medical redshirt after Tommy John surgery in October 2006. For whatever reason, Morgado never turned his prodigious stuff and arm strength into results at Tennessee, though he was solid (2-1, 3.06, 47 SO/32 IP) in the Cape Cod League last summer. He had 252 strikeouts in just 200 innings for Tennessee, though he also had a career 5.98 ERA and allowed 195 hits. Most scouts believe Morgado would have been better off signing last year. He was in the rotation more consistently this spring, after being in and out as a sophomore, but still couldn't get going. He can run his fastball up to 95-97 mph and usually sits in the 91-94 mph range, though he lacks command even when he backs off into the 88-91 range. Morgado's slider also has power, thrown in the low 80s. Keeping an even keel has long been a struggle, and his confidence took a hit with his lack of success. In his final two outings against Auburn and Alabama, he got six outs while giving up nine runs. The lack of lefthanders in this draft works in Morgado's favor, and as a southpaw with power he still should go in the first six rounds.
5 171 Scott Frazier RHP Upland (Calif.) HS Calif.
Scant attention was paid to Frazier until a scout game at Southern California last November. One of the last pitchers to throw that day, Frazier sent scouts scrambling to restart radar guns that had already been packed. He began the 2010 spring campaign with a flourish, firing an 18-strikeout no-hitter. Frazier's next outing drew 50 scouts, and he breezed through an impressive first inning by striking out the side. After that, the wheels came off and he was knocked out of the game. Frazier's inconsistency can be traced to his mechanics, which are decidedly funky. He uses a high leg kick, drops his arm down, around and behind his body before delivering the ball by jumping at the hitter. It's hard to repeat, and all the energy causes him to quickly run out of petrol. Still, there is a great deal to like about Frazier, whose build resembles Stephen Strasburg's. At his best, Frazier delivers a 93-94 mph fastball and adds a sharp curveball and promising changeup. While his mechanics will need to be cleaned up, Frazier has an ideal, projectable pitcher's frame at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds. He has a Pepperdine commitment.
6 201 Gauntlett Eldemire OF Ohio Ohio $140,000
Eldemire's value is in the eye of beholder. On sheer physical ability, he could be a first-round pick. He's one of the best college athletes in the draft, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder with above-average raw power and speed. That ability has translated onto the field, as he hit .398/.496/.726 with 16 homers and 16 steals this spring. Some scouts wonder how well his game will play at the pro level. He has natural strength and leverage, but he gears up for power and takes a big cut at the plate, which leads to strikeouts. He's unproven with wood bats, having hit .136 in seven games in the Great Lakes League in 2008 and bowing out of the Team USA trials last summer with a stress fracture in his left leg. Though he was clocked at 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash last fall, he goes from the right side of the plate to first base in a more pedestrian 4.3 seconds. He's more quick than instinctive in center field, and he tends to airmail throws with an arm that grades as playable. Eldemire has more upside than most college players, but he also is more raw than most college players. His tools package is enticing enough that he shouldn't last past three rounds.
7 231 David Buchanan RHP Georgia State Ga. $125,000
Georgia State got one of its biggest recruits ever when righthander Buchanan didn't sign as the Mets' sixth-round pick last year out of Chipola (Fla.) JC. Buchanan was evolving from arm-strength thrower to pitcher when a ligament problem in his middle finger put him on the sidelines for a month. He has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, with a long, athletic frame, a decent arm action and extension out front. His funky delivery gives him deception but also makes it hard for him to repeat. He's still somewhat raw, and it shows up the most when he loses focus on the mound, which leads to command issues. Buchanan tended to pile up big pitch counts because of his wildness and averaged roughly five innings a start. He sat 92-93 mph with his fastball as a starter, touching 95, and has improved the consistency of his slider, which flashes good spin and tilt.
8 261 Stephen Malcolm SS San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
Malcolm has a wiry body and a quick arm, and he has some athleticism--he's a capable college shortstop who played two ways at San Joaquin Delta. He's run his fastball up to 91 mph, but because of his small size (he's 5-foot-11) he projects as a reliever.
9 291 Brenton Allen OF Gahr HS, Cerritos, Calif. Calif.
Allen was a regular at local High School Showcase events during his tenure at Gahr High School. He was often overmatched by the elite pitching at those events, but he still flashes provocative tools. Athletically built at 6'2" and 205 pounds, Allen shows both speed and power with a decent arm to boot. Allen is a project as a hitter, but his raw ability is enticing.
10 321 Mario Hollands LHP UC Santa Barbara Calif. $125,000
Fellow lefty Hollands of UC Santa Barbara has better size at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, and resembles, in both build and delivery, David Price of the Rays. Of course, his stuff is not as electric, but Hollands figures to have value as either a starter or lefthanded relief specialist. Drafted by the Twins last year as a redshirt sophomore in the 24th round, Hollands has nothing overpowering but shows a five-pitch assortment. He displays an 88-91 mph four-seam fastball, 83 mph two-seamer, curveball, slider and changeup. The knock on Hollands is that he's susceptible to a big innings, which are usually attributable to sudden mechanical breakdowns such as opening his front side too soon, dropping his arm slot and losing his leg drive.
11 351 Garett Claypool RHP UCLA Calif.
Drafted last year by the A's, righthander Claypool has been one of the best midweek starters in the nation for pitching-rich UCLA. Claypool has sharpened his command and bumped his velocity up into the low 90s.
12 381 Tyler Knigge RHP Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
The Warriors' top player is staff ace Knigge. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Knigge has a durable frame and went 9-0, 2.59 with 66 strikeouts and 16 walks over 56 innings. He flashes plus stuff, getting his fastball up to 93 mph, but needs to sharpen his command and show more confidence on the mound.
13 411 John Hinson 3B Clemson S.C.
Tigers third baseman John Hinson had to take a medical redshirt in 2009 thanks to a back injury, and as an eligible sophomore he'll have a bit of leverage. He was healthy and showed his athleticism this season, hitting 12 homers and leading Clemson with 22 steals. He's athletic and repeats his swing, and his power is mostly to the gaps. Defense was a problem for Hinson throughout his career, though he has improved at third. He may profile better as a utility player.
14 441 Chace Numata C Pearl City (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
Numata is a slender, athletic 6 feet and 165 pounds. He's a switch-hitting shortstop and teams have flirted with the idea of trying him out behind the plate. He could certainly play both ways if he winds up at Central Arizona JC, but he's a better pro prospect on the mound, where he has been clocked as high as 94 mph as his team's closer. He sits more in the 89-91 mph range, with a curveball that falls off the table.
15 471 Jake Smith 3B Alabama Ala.
Smith, a good defender with excellent power, has a swing too long for college ball, not to mention wood bats. He also has worked as a closer occasionally and runs his fastball up to 92 mph, with a decent breaking ball. If he wants to pitch, he'll get a chance in pro ball.
16 501 Craig Fritsch RHP Baylor Texas
Righthander Craig Fritsch jumped into the eighth round as a draft-eligible sophomore last year after throwing 93-96 mph at the Big 12 Conference tournament, but he ultimately turned down the Orioles and resumed his enigmatic career at Baylor. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has pitched with a lower arm slot in 2010, wasn't good early and worked at 87-91 mph for most the season. His slider and changeup are fringy, though he has thrown more strikes this spring. Fritsch redshirted as a freshman because he wasn't ready to compete in the Big 12, and scouts never have been sold on his mental toughness. His pro future likely will be as a reliever.
17 531 Mike Nesseth RHP Nebraska Neb.
Scouts have been interested in righthander Mike Nesseth since he showed a 92-95 mph fastball and peaked at 97 as a redshirt freshman reliever in 2008, but now they'll have to factor in his comeback from elbow surgery. Nesseth struggled trying to make the transition to the rotation in 2009, with his stuff and control regressing, and he turned down the Angels as a 15th-round pick. He threw 91-94 mph out of the bullpen early this spring, and after his velocity dipped to the high 80s, an MRI revealed ligament damage in his elbow that required Tommy John surgery. Besides his fastball, his other asset is his 6-foot-6, 226-pound frame, which allows him to work downhill. His slider and command still need work, and he may want to sign and finish his rehab in pro ball because he's already 22.
18 561 Jeff Cusick 1B UC Irvine Calif.
19 591 Daniel Palka 1B Greer (S.C.) HS S.C.
First baseman/outfielder Daniel Palka has the best, most polished bat in the state, with lefthanded power and a physical frame at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, with some present strength. His best tool after his bat is his throwing arm, as he also pitches. He's committed to Georgia Tech and wasn't considered signable.
20 621 Kevin Walter RHP Legacy HS, Westminster, Colo. Colo. $350,000
While Kevin Gausman came into the year as the more highly touted prospect from Colorado, some scouts believe Walter will end up being the better of the two. He's a giant at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds. Because of his size he sometimes has timing problems in his delivery, but he's a good athlete with clean mechanics for the most part. He hasn't shown the same velocity as Gausman, pitching at 88-90 mph with some sink and touching 92, but scouts believe it's in there. Walter has shown the ability to spin two different breaking balls, in a power curveball and a hard slider. They're distinctly different pitches and both show the potential to be above-average. He doesn't throw many changeups at this point, but that's not uncommon. Walter is committed to Boston College but may not get there, as he's getting fourth- to sixth-round buzz.
21 651 Jonathan Musser RHP Dowling Catholic HS, West Des Moines, Iowa Iowa $300,000
Musser is leaner (205 pounds) and less physical than Jon Keller, but he's more polished. He usually pitches in the high 80s and throws his curveball and changeup for strikes. His status is in question, as he wasn't ready for the start of Dowling Catholic's season in late May because he had a shoulder injury, the severity of which has yet to be determined.
22 681 Jonathan Paquet RHP St. Lawrence (Quebec) JC Quebec
Righthander Jonathan Paquet, a St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC recruit, was a 46th-round draft pick by the Angels last year. He's 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds with arm strength. His fastball sits in the mid-80s and has been up to 92 mph, though it's a straight fastball that is easy for hitters to see. His curveball is soft and loopy and he hangs it a lot.
23 711 Jake Borup RHP Arizona State Ariz.
Righthander Borup is a draft-eligible sophomore who is already 23 after spending two years on a Mormon mission. He throws his fastball in the 89-92 mph range with a 79-81 mph slider and a good feel for a changeup. He throws all his pitches for strikes and has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds.
24 741 Chad Thompson RHP Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
25 771 Matt Hutchison RHP Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
26 801 Chris Duffy OF Central Florida Fla.
No college player in Florida produced this spring like Central Florida's Chris Duffy, a bad-bodied senior who was an unsigned ninth-rounder out of high school in 2006. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound left fielder has put on weight since high school and hit 22 home runs in his first three seasons, then had an amazing senior year, batting .447/.539/.850 with a school-record 21 home runs. Duffy has excellent strength and enough bat speed to handle velocity and should be a middle-of-the-lineup threat in the minor leagues.
27 831 Matt Payton 2B Western Kentucky Ky.
28 861 Brian Pointer OF Galena HS, Reno, Nev. Nev. $350,000
Outfielder Pointer is the best prospect north of Las Vegas. He has a muscular, 6-foot, 190-pound frame and plays the game hard. He bats and throws lefthanded, with a quiet set-up and a smooth swing with loft. He has strength and bat speed, so he projects to hit for power. He could be a single-digit pick and is committed to Oregon State.
29 891 Patrick Lala RHP Kirkwood (Iowa) CC Iowa
30 921 Nick Gonzalez LHP Leto HS, Tampa Fla.
31 951 Jim Klocke C Southeast Missouri State Mo.
32 981 Carlos Alonso 3B Delaware Del.
33 1011 Bob Stumpo C West Chester (Pa.) Pa.
34 1041 Pat Murray 1B Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
35 1071 Eric Pettis RHP UC Irvine Calif.
36 1101 Neal Davis LHP Virginia Va.
37 1131 Marshall Schuler RHP Colorado School of Mines Colo.
Colorado is never a hot spot for college players, with no Division I programs, but there are a few interesting players this year. Marshall Schuler is a 6-foot, 170-pound senior righthander with a career 9.29 ERA. He was 1-4, 10.01 this year over 48 innings with 49 strikeouts and 27 walks. But, he's been up to 94 mph with some sink, so someone will give him a chance.
38 1161 Keenyn Walker OF Central Arizona JC Ariz.
39 1191 Justin Cummings OF Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
40 1221 Jeff Harvill LHP Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La. La.
Evangel righty Jeff Harvill, who has an 89-91 mph fastball and promising secondary stuff, pitched sparingly after coming down with elbow tendinitis.
41 1251 Taylor Zeutenhorst OF Sheldon (Iowa) HS Iowa
42 1281 Tim Chadd 1B Bishop Carroll Catholic HS, Wichita Kan.
43 1311 Jimmy Hodgskin LHP Bishop Moore HS, Orlando Fla.
Hodgskin could be the highest-profile baseball recruit Troy has ever had, and scouts in Florida were wondering whether it was worth making a run at keeping him from the Alabama school. Hodgskin trains with and plays for coach Joe Logan, who played for Troy coach Bobby Pierce at Chipola (Fla.) JC. The relationship led to Hodgskin's interest in Troy. Hodgskin has a relatively fresh arm, good size at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, broad shoulders that give him room for projection, and an 88-91 mph fastball. He has touched 94 and pitches off his fastball, throwing it to all four parts of the strike zone. His command gives him a chance to step right into Troy's weekend rotation, as he also throws his changeup for strikes. He has a below-average breaking ball that he just started throwing frequently in the last year. Projecting the curveball adds another level of uncertainty for pro scouts, who may just see how it all turns out after three seasons in the Sun Belt Conference. The lack of lefthanded pitching nationally, though, had teams taking long looks at Hodgskin, and they'll get another in Sebring at the state's high school all-star festival. If he's signable, Hodgskin could go in the third or fourth round.
44 1341 Jesse Meaux RHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Junior righthander Meaux misses few bats but can reach the low 90s with his four-seamer and was a strike-throwing workhorse for the Gauchos, issuing just 14 free passes in 91 innings.
45 1371 Mike Francisco LHP Villanova Pa.
Francisco, a 6-foot-5 lefthander, works at 88-91 mph and has improved his secondary stuff this spring. He scrapped his curveball in favor of a cutter and a slider, which are works in progress but are usable in games. Scouts seemed content to wait until his senior year to take a shot at him.
46 1401 Ty Ross C Collier HS, Naples, Fla. Fla.
47 1431 Ethan Stewart LHP New Mexico JC N.M.
Canadian lefthander Ethan Stewart has a projectable body at 6-foot-6 with a clean arm action. Early in the year he worked at 81-83 mph, but he was up to 87-89 later in the year and has been clocked as high as 91 mph. He also has experience pitching against international competition as a member of Canada's junior national team. As a freshman, Stewart could be a tough sign.
48 1461 Kyle Ottoson LHP South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
49 1491 Kyle Hallock LHP Kent State Ohio
50 1521 Damek Tomscha 3B Sioux City (Iowa) North HS Iowa