Phillies Draft Report Card
Best Pro Debut: Strong-bodied RHP Zach Segovia (2) went 3-2, 2.10 with a 30-3 strikeout-walk ratio in 34 innings in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. C Tim Gradoville (37) was a GCL all-star, more for his defense (he threw out a league-best 58 percent of basestealers) than his bat (.267-0-4).
Best Athlete: RHP Darin Naatjes (14) played two seasons of football for Stanford as a tight end and began his college baseball career as an outfielder with power potential. He since has converted to the mound to take advantage of his 94-95 mph fastball. Six-foot-5 RHP Rob Harrand (9) starred in volleyball and basketball as a Canadian high schooler.
Best Pure Hitter: 3B Jake Blalock (5) has been compared to his brother, Rangers third baseman Hank, whos one of the best young hitters in the game. The Phillies also like 3B Kiel Fisher (3), who comes from a less advanced high school program.
Best Raw Power: Blalock has more power than his older brother did at the same stage of his career.
Fastest Runner: The Phillies didnt sign a plus runner. OF Karl Nonemaker (20) runs slightly above average and hit .308 with 13 steals in the GCL.
Best Defensive Player: Nonemaker plays a fine center field.
Best Fastball: LHP Cole Hamels (1), Blalocks teammate at national high school power Rancho Bernardo of San Diego, can match Naatjes velocity. RHP Lee Gwaltney (6) touched 94 mph last spring.
Best Breaking Ball: Hamels curveball consistently grades as a 60 or 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale.
Most Intriguing Background: As a high school sophomore, Hamels broke the humerus bone in his arm while pitching in a game and missed all of 2001. Unlike pitchers whose careers all but ended when they suffered the same injury, Hamels apparently hurt his arm before taking the mound while playing a pick-up football game. Besides his brother connection, Blalock is also the nephew of Rancho Bernardo coach Sam Blalock. C Trent Pratts (11) brother Scott is an Indians minor league infielder. Unsigned 3B Brad McCanns (22) brother Brian signed with the Braves as a second-rounder; their father Howard is the former baseball coach at Marshall. Unsigned 3B Brett McMillans (21) father Doug scouts for the Giants.
Closest To The Majors: Gwaltney, whose plus-plus splitter is better than his fastball.
Best Late-Round Pick: Naatjes.
The One Who Got Away: The Phillies liked McMillans offensive potential but lost him to UCLA. LHP Clay Dirks (42) took his plus fastball and power curveball to Louisiana State.
Assessment: At least one club rated Hamels as the top pitcher available and most team doctors cleared him, but several teams passed him over for players with less risky medical backgrounds. If he stays healthy, getting him 17th overall and signing him for $2 million could be one of the drafts biggest coups.
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