2011 Draft Report Card: Philadelphia Phillies
BEST PURE HITTER:
|The Phillies had a typical Phillies draft, taking high-ceiling athletes such as the Greenes (no relation), Quinn and Walding. The early returns on Wright have also been promising.
Bonus Spending: $4.7 million
SS Mitch Walding (5) has the lefthanded swing, bat speed and approach to make an impact at the plate once he fills out his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. SS Roman Quinn (2) should be able to beat out plenty of hits with his speed, and he's trying to tap into it even more by learning to switch-hit. BEST POWER HITTER:
Extremely physical at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, OF Larry Greene (1s) had some of the best raw power in the entire draft. 3B Harold Martinez (2) has plus power potential but an inconsistent amateur track record as a hitter. FASTEST RUNNER:
Quinn was the fastest player in the draft. He can slap the ball and get to first base in 3.6 seconds from the left side of the plate, and he reminds the Phillies of their 2003 fourth-round pick, Michael Bourn. They'll try Quinn at shortstop, where he has average hands and a plus arm, with center field as his fallback. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Though C Logan Moore (9) moved from third base to behind the plate just last spring, he quickly has picked up impressive catch-and-throw skills. Martinez is an athletic defender with a strong arm at third base.
RHP Kenny Giles (7) is still figuring out his command and secondary pitches, but he can run his fastball to 99 mph and usually deals at 94-96. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
LHP Austin Wright (8) used his nasty curveball to strike out 85 hitters in 68 pro innings. He sets his curve up with a plus fastball that sits in the low 90s.
ODDS AND ENDSBEST PRO DEBUT:
Wright was the revelation of Philadelphia's draft, pitching his way to low Class A, where he posted a 2.67 ERA in seven starts. RHP Ryan Duke (25) used a solid fastball/slider combo to post a 0.78 ERA and limit opponents to a .128 average in two stops. BEST ATHLETE:
Quinn received all-state basketball recognition as a point guard at Florida's 2-A level. Walding accounted for 3,041 yards and 26 touchdowns in 13 games as a high school senior quarterback. SS Tyler Greene (11) still has to translate his tools into skills, but he has intriguing all-around ability. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
Unsigned 2B Andrew Amaro (47) is the stepbrother of Phillies GM Ruben Amaro. Unsigned OF Ryan Garvey's (15) father Steve was a 10-time all-star and the 1974 National League MVP. 1B Mike Marshall's (30) dad Mike also made an All-Star Game appearance, and Moore's father Brad got a cup of coffee in Philadelphia. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Wright will be on the fast track if he throws enough strikes. Giles could join him if he can refine his slider and command. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Tyler Greene or RHP Colton Murray (13), who profiles as a possible set-up man with his low-90s fastball and solid slider. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
Garvey has the chance to have an impact bat, but he turned down third-round money to attend Southern California.