Philadelphia Phillies

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1s 40 Shane Watson RHP Lakewood (Calif.) HS Calif. $1,291,300
Watson's two showdowns against fellow Southern California signee Chase DeJong were among the most heavily scouted games of the spring. DeJong has better feel for pitching presently, but Watson has higher upside, and he elevated his stock into sandwich round territory during his strong first half. Watson pitches with an 89-93 mph fastball and can reach back for 94-96 even in the late innings. When he's on (as he was for most of the spring), his 77-80 mph curveball is has tight rotation and sharp bite, and most scouts project it as a second plus pitch. His stuff wasn't quite as crisp in his second matchup against DeJong, when he pitched more in the 88-90 range and bumped 92, while his curveball has less power in the 73-78 range. Still, he has shown quality stuff often enough this spring, and scouts like his prototypical 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame and his competitiveness. He has some feel for a changeup that shows decent tumble at times, though he tends to throw it too hard at 84 mph. He has tinkered with a cutter at times as well, but the curveball is his bread and butter. While he has decent control, he needs to fine-tune his command. But his delivery and arm action work, suggesting his command will improve over time.
1s 54 Mitch Gueller RHP West HS, Chehalis, Wash. Wash. $940,200
Gueller stands out on the field with his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame, and some scouts regard him as the top athlete in the Northwest this year. He ran a 6.90-second 60-yard dash at the Area Code Games last summer and shows strength with the bat but is more advanced on the mound. The Washington State recruit pitches with a quick pace, already has an above-average fastball and shows flashes with his secondary offerings. Gueller doesn't face quality competition, but he has been up to 93 mph every time out and has touched 94. He shows flashes of an above-average breaking ball and changeup, too. The breaking ball can be a little slurvy right now and will likely be turned into more of a true slider in pro ball.
2 77 Dylan Cozens OF Chapparal HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz. $659,800
Cozens has a huge frame at 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds. He is committed to Arizona for baseball and to play defensive end for the football team. He's likely to end up at first base in pro ball and scouts are banking on his bat. Cozens has plenty of lefthanded power. He hit 19 home runs on the season, the most in the state of Arizona, and his final bomb was a walk-off shot to help Chaparral High win the Division I state championship. But not all scouts are convinced the power will translate at the next level, as there is some stiffness to Cozens' swing.
2 95 Alec Rash RHP Adel DeSoto Minburn HS, Adel, Iowa Iowa
An Iowa native who moved to Alabama with his mother as a high school junior, Rash returned to Iowa for his senior season and is the state's best prospect since Jeremy Hellickson pitched at Des Moines' Hoover High in 2005. He'll go higher than Hellickson (fourth round) if a team believes it can sign him away from his commitment to Missouri and get him to control his electric stuff. Long and lean at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, Rash throws a 91-93 mph fastball that hits 95 and features heavy life, and he'll push his hard slider up to 83 mph. He is a quality athlete who also starred in football and basketball, but he is still learning to repeat his delivery. His arm is so fast that it gets ahead of the rest of his body, resulting in scattershot control. Scouts grade his present command as a 30 or 40 on the 20-80 scale, and his development will require patience. Rash's upside could drive him up to the second round, but his rawness and his signability mean he might fall significantly as well.
3 125 Zach Green 3B Jesuit HS, Sacramento Calif. $420,000
Green certainly stands out on a baseball field. He has a pro-ready body at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds and has been bigger and stronger than his peers since he was 12-years-old. With his long arms, Green can get leverage in his swing and flashes above-average power potential. But he also has a tendency to get tied up and struggled at times catching up to average velocity on the showcase circuit last summer. There are a lot of moving parts to Green's swing and he's a streaky player--sometimes he'll look like a future star and other times he'll look lost at the plate. He plays shortstop now, but definitely projects to move to third base either at Oregon State or in pro ball, so how much he'll hit is a big deal since he'll be playing a corner position. Green is a fringe-average runner with above-average arm strength. Green is a gamer with a strong work ethic and shows good leadership on the field.
4 158 Chris Serritella 1B Southern Illinois Ill. $200,000
Serritella was the state of Illinois' best college position prospect in 2011, but he missed the entire season after breaking his right wrist in an intrasquad game. After the Royals drafted him in the 31st round last June, he opted to play in the summer Prospect League, where he won MVP honors and the home run (15) crown. A redshirt junior, Serritella has continued to produce this spring, leading the Missouri Valley Conference with a .394 average in the regular season, ranking second with 11 homers and carrying a 21-game hitting streak into the MVC tournament. In a down year for college bats, he offers big lefthanded power. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder doesn't always make consistent contact with his big swing, and some scouts think he punishes mistakes and wonder if he can handle quality velocity, but it's still hard to walk away from his pop. He isn't much of a runner and needs to improve defensively, but he has the hands to get the job done at first base.
5 188 Andrew Pullin OF Centralia (Wash.) HS Wash. $203,900
Like Drew Vettleson before him, Pullin is a former switch-pitcher who became a prospect as a corner outfielder. Pullin doesn't have Vettleson's bat, but he's no slouch. He has a unique setup, in that his bat points back toward the backstop in his stance, but once everything gets going he shows good hitting mechanics and a smooth stroke that is in the hitting zone a long time. Pullin is an advanced hitter with some raw power potential, even though he's just 6 feet and 185 pounds. He's an average runner and has an average arm, so he's limited to a corner outfield spot and doesn't fit the typical profile. Pullin plays in a weak high school conference, so it was tough for teams to get a good look at him this spring. Scouts believe he wants to sign, but if he doesn't he'll head to Oregon.
6 218 Cam Perkins 3B Purdue Ind. $152,900
The most dangerous hitter on a Purdue team that won its first Big Ten Conference regular season title in 103 years, Perkins homered in his first college game and has been a consistent threat ever since. A confident hitter who isn't afraid to attack early in the count or out of the strike zone, he has a quick righthanded swing and a 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame that gives him the strength and long levers to drive the ball. He can get too aggressive and likely will have to make adjustments to his swing and approach in pro ball, though he hasn't run into trouble yet. Perkins' hands, arm and speed are all decent to average. He's unorthodox at third base but gets the job done, though scouts aren't enamored of his low arm slot on throws. If he can't handle the hot corner, left field would be the next option. He gets high marks for his makeup and baseball savvy, and in a weak year for college bats he shouldn't get past the fifth round.
7 248 Hoby Milner LHP Texas Texas $140,700
The Longhorns' streak of producing at least one player in the first five rounds of every draft since 1999 is in jeopardy this year. Milner is the only early-round candidate for Texas, and he pitched his way out of their rotation after three starts. A valuable swingman who appeared in 33 of Texas' 50 regular season games, Milner projects as a reliever because he hasn't been able to add strength or velocity in three years of college. A slender 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, he works with an 86-88 mph fastball as a starter, sits at 88-89 and tops out at 91 when he comes out of the bullpen. His best pitch is a 75-78 mph curveball with good depth, and he uses a changeup to keep righthanders at bay. His stuff plays up because he commands it so well, and he delivers his pitches on a tough angle to the plate. He's the son of Brian Milner, who went straight from high school to the majors as an eighth-round bonus baby with the Blue Jays in 1978.
8 278 Josh Ludy C Baylor Texas $15,000
Ludy didn't become a full-time regular for Baylor until his junior season in 2011, then blossomed into the Big 12 Conference player of the year this spring. He hit .368 with 15 homers--three times as many as he totaled in his first three seasons. The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder did a better job of tapping into his power this year after giving up switch-hitting and batting solely from the right side. A good receiver, he has an average arm and threw out 28 percent of basestealers this year entering super-regional play.
9 308 Jordan Guth RHP Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wis. $50,000
Though Guth had an inconsistent season, it's easy to dream on a 6-foot-5, 215-pounder who can hit 94 mph with his fastball. His velocity dipped as low as 86 times this spring, when he continually battled his command. His slider, curveball and changeup all have their moments, but he's still figuring things out on the mound.
10 338 Kevin Brady RHP Clemson S.C. $125,000
Brady was a draft wild card in 2011 and is in a similar situation again this season. He missed 70 days as a redshirt sophomore with a forearm strain and didn't sign as a 17th-round pick of the Indians. He was pitching well this season, but encountered hamstring issues in a series against Georgia Tech in late April and didn't pitch again until May 19 in a one-inning stint against Wake Forest. He finished the regular season at 1-2, 2.59 with 57 strikeouts and 22 walks in 59 innings. He was expected to be available for short outings in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but scouts are hesitant given his medical history. He's young for a redshirt junior as he won't turn 22 until September. He has a good frame at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and sits in the low 90s while touching 94-95 mph. He also throws a changeup and hard breaking ball, but both pitches are inconsistent.
11 368 Willie Carmona 1B Stony Brook N.Y. $100,000
Carmona packs a punch in his 5-foot-11, 225-pound frame. He's strong and switch-hits, but teams are hard-pressed to find a position for him. He's not athletic and may be relegated to a DH role.
12 398 Zach Taylor OF Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) Ga.
13 428 Steven Golden OF San Lorenzo (Calif.) HS Calif. $100,000
14 458 Ricky Bielski RHP Servite HS, Anaheim Calif. $100,000
15 488 Zach Cooper RHP Central Michigan Mich.
A successful starter at Central Michigan since midway through his sophomore season in 2010, Cooper profiles as a reliever in pro ball. He's just 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds and lacks the command to stick in a pro rotation, but he has the stuff to be a weapon out of the bullpen. He can maintain a 91-93 mph fastball deep into games and has hit 95 in the past, so his velocity figures to increase in shorter stints. He flashed a wipeout slider in the past but it's more of an average pitch now, occasionally flattening out. The Marlins drafted him in the 46th round a year ago.
16 518 Nic Hanson RHP Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000
17 548 David Hill RHP El Modena HS, Orange, Calif. Calif.
A strong spring for El Modena helped Hill emerge as something of a pop-up prospect this spring, and he signed with Long Beach State late. He has an athletic 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame and the makings of a good delivery, but sometimes he throws across his body, causing him to pull fastballs into the lefthanded batter's box and his breaking ball to get sweepy. When he stays on line he can be very good, showing a fastball that sits average and bumps 93 mph. His 80-83 mph slider also projects as an average pitch, and he has feel for a changeup that could give him a third average offering in time. Hill could be drafted in the top five rounds.
18 578 Tony Blanford RHP Boulder Creek HS, Phoenix Ariz.
19 608 Tim Carver SS Arkansas Ark.
20 638 Matt Sisto RHP Hawaii Hawaii
A senior, Sisto sits in the 85-89 mph range and fills up the strike zone with four pitches. He has a workhorse build at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and made 55 starts over his college career. His secondary stuff needs improvement, but he shows a solid changeup, good work ethic and competitive spirit.
21 668 Drew Anderson RHP Galena HS, Reno, Nev. Nev.
22 698 Jeb Stefan RHP Louisiana Tech La.
A former NASA intern who as a fourth-year junior is closing in on his degree at Louisiana Tech, Stefan could prove to be a difficult sign. He's tough to see thanks to Tech's far-flung schedule. A physical 6-foot-4, 225-pound righthander, he had a 5.05 ERA but at his best sits in the 91-92 mph range with his fastball, touching 94. He's flashed an average slider and changeup.
23 728 Geoff Broussard RHP Cal Poly Pomona Calif.
24 758 Chad Carman C Oklahoma City Okla.
25 788 Brennan Henry LHP Northeastern (Colo.) JC Colo.
26 818 Evan Van Hoosier 2B Green Valley HS, Henderson, Nev. Nev.
27 848 Fernando Fernandez LHP Montpetit HS, Montreal Quebec
28 878 Joe Mantiply LHP Virginia Tech Va.
29 908 Brad Wieck LHP Frank Phillips (Texas) JC Texas
30 938 Jordan Kipper RHP Central Arizona JC Ariz.
31 968 Chris Nichols RHP Sioux Falls (S.D.) S.D.
32 998 Scott Firth RHP Clemson S.C.
There were several players in the Carolinas that hit 95 or better on the radar gun this season and Firth was one of them, but his fastball is straight and he lacks secondary stuff and control.
33 1028 Kyle Cody RHP Chippewa Falls (Wis.) HS Wis.
Cody defines projectability with his lean 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame and size 17 shoes. Considered virtually unsignable at this point, he could blossom into an early-round 2015 draft pick after three years at Kentucky. Cody's arm works well and he has good body control for such a big teenager. He already throws 87-91 mph with more velocity to come as he gets stronger. He not only flashes a plus knuckle-curve, but he also does a good job of locating it. He doesn't need a changeup against Wisconsin high school competition, but he has shown the makings of one in bullpen workouts.
34 1058 Darrell Miller Jr. C Servite HS, Anaheim Calif.
35 1088 Steven Wilson RHP Dakota Ridge HS, Littleton, Colo. Colo.
36 1118 Charles Galiano C Commack (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
37 1148 Daniel Starwalt RHP Granite Hills HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
Starwalt emerged as one of Southern California's top prep arms last summer, when he ran his fastball up to 94-95 mph and consistently pitched with an above-average spike curveball in the 78-80 range. He got off to a slow start after suffering a stress fracture in his back this spring, and he has since worked in the 86-90 range while losing power on his curveball, which still rates as average when he stays on top of it. He's also had a tendency to scatter his fastball. He has some feel for a changeup, which has a chance to become an average offering. Starwalt, who doesn't turn 18 until February, could sink in the draft because of his strong commitment to Stanford and his lackluster spring, but his upside is very intriguing if he can return to form.
38 1178 Geordy Smith 1B Highlands Ranch (Colo.) HS Colo.
39 1208 Austin Norris RHP Trenton (Mo.) HS Mo.
40 1238 Eric Hanhold RHP East Lake HS, Palm Harbor, Fla. Fla.
Eric Hanhold has a projectable 6-foot-4 frame and has shown a fastball in the 90-92 mph range. He's a Florida recruit who was considered a tough sign. The same is true of Florida State outfield recruit Jamal Martin, a 5-foot-9 sparkplug whose righthanded bat and above-average speed should make him a good college player. He has some bat speed but is a tough profile.