Phillies Draft Report Card

Analyzing Philadelphia's 2008 draft class

The Phillies went after high-upside players in the field and on the mound and came away with depth and impact players. Collier, Worley, Stutes and Overbeck provide polish to complement the raw tools of Anthony Hewitt, Gose and Knapp, balancing an impressive class.

Best Pure Hitter: OF Zach Collier (1s) has a smooth, easy swing and an all-around game that has drawn comparisons to Angels veteran Garret Anderson.  >>  Best Power Hitter: 3B/OF Anthony Hewitt's (1)  raw power could produce 30 home runs annually if he just hits .250 or .260. He'll probably always swing and miss and will require patience, but his raw power is undeniable. 3B Cody Overbeck (9) has more usable power now, with 12 home runs in the New York-Penn League this summer.  >>  Fastest Runner: OF Anthony Gose's (2) 7 speed on the 2-8 scouting scale edges Hewitt.  >>  Best Defensive Player: SS Troy Hanzawa (16) does everything easily, with a strong, accurate arm and premium actions.


Best Fastball: RHP Jason Knapp (2) has premium arm strength, at times sitting in the 94-96 mph range, which RHP Jarred Cosart (38) also reached this summer just before signing for $550,000. The Phillies found several intriguing power arms in the college ranks, as RHP Mike Stutes (11), Vance Worley (3) and B.J. Rosenberg (13) all can reach 94 mph with their fastballs.  >>  Best Secondary Pitch: RHP Trevor May (4) has flashed a power curveball and can throw it for strikes or bury it as a chase pitch when ahead in the count. Stutes' slider also has plus potential, though he threw it too much as an amateur.


Best Pro Debut: Stutes went 7-2, 1.42 with 84 strikeouts in 70 innings between short-season Williamsport and Class A Lakewood, while RHP Mike Cisco (36) walked none in 35 innings for Lakewood while going 3-1, 0.99 in 54 innings. Aggressive Worley made 11 starts in Lakewood, going 3-2, 2.66.  >>  Best Athlete: Hewitt was the best athlete in the entire draft, with a raw mix of power, speed and explosiveness. Gose, who also was a premium prospect as a hard-throwing LHP, has five-tool ability in center.  >>  Most Intriguing Background: Collier had an operation to improve blood flow to his heart in May 2006, and some teams crossed him off their boards as a result; but he has shown no symptoms since the procedure. RHP Colby Shreve (6) was the top junior-college prospect in the country before an elbow injury led to Tommy John surgery in May. The Phillies gave him $400,000 anyway due to his power fastball/slider combination and the track record for recovery from the surgery.  >>  Closest To The Majors: Worley, especially if he takes his fastball/slider mix to the bullpen.  >>  Best Late-Round Pick: Stutes' strong start grabbed headlines, but Cosart may have more upside.  >>  The One Who Got Away: Athletic OF/3B Johnny Coy (7) will play baseball and basketball at Arizona State. The Phils also went after RHPs Blaine O'Brien (34) and Joe Pond (39), who wound up at Georgia and Utah, respectively.