From 2007-2011 the Philadelphia Phillies enjoyed the best run of success the organization had seen since they came into existence in 1883. This run included 5 straight NL East Division Titles, 2 National League Pennants, and 1 World Series Championship.
The core of those great Phillies teams was born through a boatload of success in the MLB Draft. This included Jimmy Rollins (2nd round 1996), Pat Burrell (1st Round 1998), Ryan Madson (9th round 1998) Chase Utley (1st Round 2000), Ryan Howard (5th round 2001), and Cole Hamels (1st round 2002) just to name a few.
Since the end of that great run, the Franchise has done essentially next to nothing through the MLB Draft. The futility of Phillies baseball since 2011 can directly be attributed to the inability to select impact players through the Draft.
Phillies First Draft Picks since 2012
2012: RHP Shane Watson 40th Overall). While the Phillies did not make a selection until 40th overall, they did not do a good job with the pick. Watson was last seen playing Independent ball in 2018 and only got as far as Double A in the Phillies organization.
2013: SS J.P Crawford (16th Overall). The jury is still out on Crawford as a big leaguer. But the belief that he can develop into an All Star are dwindling. Crawford debuted with Philly in 2017, but he was traded after two seasons.
2014: RHP Aaron Nola (7th Overall). Now this is more like it. For all the years of misses, the Phillies got this one right. Since making his debut in the summer of 2015, Nola has been the Ace of the Phillies staff. He has produced a WAR of 19.4 since his debut. He has also posted a record of 53-35 with a 3.45 ERA across 127 Starts. Nola’s best season so far came in 2018 where he went 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA. He also finished 3rd in the NL Cy Young race in 2018.
2015: OF Cornelius Randolph (10th Overall). Talk about a complete 180. To go from such a home run of a pick with Nola in 2015 to flailing so badly on this selection is mind blowing. Randolph made a brief appearance on the Top prospect rankings peaking at #86 in 2016. Since then, he has been abysmal. He is still currently floundering around the Phillie’s organization, so far only making is as far as Double A. He holds a career minor league slash line of .255/.343/.719.
2016: OF Mickey Moniak (1st Overall). Excuse me if I am wrong, but when you select a guy 1st overall he is expected to at least be a future All Star? While the jury is still technically out on the 22 year old, the idea of him living up to the billing of a number 1 overall pick looks bleak. While he did take a step forward in 2019, Moniak has only made it as far as Double A in the Phillies System. He holds a minor league slash line of .256/.302/.692. The fact the Phillies used the number 1 pick on a guy who can’t even hold an OPS above .700 in the minor leagues is laughable in itself.
2017: OF Adam Haseley (7th Overall). Finally, we reach another name on this list who is currently in the Major Leagues. Haseley made his debut in June of last season due to a rash of injuries to the Phillies outfield. Across 67 games, Haseley produced a WAR of 1.8 and slashed .266/.324/.720 and played exceptional defense. He appears primed to be a contributing Major Leaguer for years to come.
2018: 3B Alec Bohm (3rd Overall). Since being selected out of Wichita State, all Bohm has done is hit. Holding a minor league slash line of .293/.386/.885 Bohm has shown his hit tool is his best trait. Questions remain about weather Bohm can stay at the hot corner. But that hasn’t hurt his perception around the Baseball world. Alec Bohm is currently ranked as the number 1 overall prospect in the Phillies system as well as the 30th overall prospect in all of baseball (according to MLB.com). He is expected to contribute at some point in 2020.
2019: SS Bryson Stott (14th Overall). The Phillies selected Stott out of UNLV with the 14th pick in last years MLB Draft. While there isn’t a huge sample size, the future appears bright for Stott. He slashed .295/.391/.885 between the Gulf Coast League and Williamsport in 2019. He is currently ranked as the 3rd best prospect in the Phillies system as well as the 87th overall prospect in all of baseball (according to MLB.com). Stott is expected to debut in 2022.
With the MLB Draft set to get started tonight at 7pm (June 10th), the Phillies currently hold the 15th overall selection.
The Phillie’s could go a number of different routes in tonights first round.
They could look at add a High School bat in the form of a guy like OF Austin Hendrick out of West Allegheny H.S.
They could go the college route and select a bat like OF Garrett Mitchell. Mitchell seems primed to be a Five Tool Player at the Big League level. He is currently being slightly undervalued due to his Type 1 Diabetes.
They could even go the route of looking to add another arm such as college arm like RHP Bryce Jarvis out of Duke.
Maybe, they will go the route that radio personality Jack Fritz of 94.1 WIP wants them to go and select a High School arm like RHP Nick Bitsko out of Central Bucks East H.S in Doylestown.
The truth is no matter what direction the Phillies decide to go, it is imperative they get a guy who is set to make an impact in the coming years. The years of bad decisions in the draft need to end. It is time for the Phillies to take another step forward, and it starts tonight.
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