Phillies Draft Report Card
|The Phillies again mixed solid college pitchers with raw, toolsy high school position players. The organization's track record over the last decade at developing raw bats is solid, and Philadelphia has the big league roster to be patient.
BEST PURE HITTER:
: The Phillies first zeroed in on 1B Jonathan Singleton (8) in the summer of 2008 and always have thought he'd hit. His bat speed and plate discipline set him apart from most high school hitters, and he walked more than he struck out in his debut (18 BB, 13 SO) while batting .290. >> BEST POWER HITTER:
: OF Kelly Dugan (2), the team's top pick, has average to plus power from both sides of the plate. Singleton's swing and maturing 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame, should grow into plus power as well. >> FASTEST RUNNER:
: OF Kyrell Hudson (3) fits with the Phillies' profile as a raw, toolsy speedster, with top-of-the-scale 6.4-second 60 times. It doesn't always play up to that level in games but the Phillies have no questions with his makeup or effort. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
SS Jeremy Barnes (11) will likely move to the right side but has good hands, and his arm strength will help him turn the double play.
RHP Brody Colvin (7), signed for $900,000, touches the mid-90s now and sits in the low 90s. He should throw consistently harder when he fills out his 6-foot-4, 190-pound body. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
RHP Austin Hyatt (15), LHP Nick Hernandez (12) and LHP Matt Way (5) all have solid-average to plus changeups. Way's grades out just a bit ahead of the others.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT:
Hyatt's slider made progress in the short-season Williamsport bullpen and he ranked third in the New York-Penn League in strikeouts (81) even in a relief role. He went 3-0, 0.66 in 54 innings, giving up just 26 hits. Hernandez went 8-1, 2.70 for the Crosscutters, giving up just two home runs in 80 innings. Way advanced to low Class A Lakewood, going 6-4, 2.39 overall with an 85-12 strikeout-walk ratio in 75 innings. >> BEST ATHLETE:
Hudson could have played football and baseball at Oregon State. OF Aaron Altherr (9) is a long, lanky 6-foot-5 athlete with a huge ceiling but relatively little baseball experience. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
: Dugan's father Dennis is an actor, director and producer who has worked on such films as "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" with Adam Sandler. Unsigned RHP Stephen Kohlscheen (30) is son of Phillies Midwest crosschecker Brian. 1B Cory Wine (39) is grandson of ex-big league player and manager Bobby Wine and played for his dad Robby at Penn State. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Hyatt (especially in relief) and Way. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Hyatt and Hernandez. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
OF Jacob Stewart (14) has premium strength and athleticism with a swing that needs a lot of work. He was right up the Phillies' alley, but they couldn't sway him away from Stanford, where he's expected to be an impact freshman.