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MLB Draft: Phillies Running Tracker

Monday June 4 started the 2012 MLB Amateur draft.

The Houston Astros went the route of offense, selecting high school short stop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico with the first overall pick. They passed up on Georgia high school outfielder Byron Buxton, who went second to the Minnesota Twins.

The Phillies had two picks on the first day, selecting 40th and 54th thanks to compensation picks. Here are their picks as well as their top 10 picks in the draft. [MLB.com's entire draft board]

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MLB Draft: Phillies Could Go Position Player Early

The MLB amateur draft is set for June 4-6 and the Phillies have offense on their mind early.

According to Matt Gelb, the Phillies will go after a position player early. That position player could also wind up being a college player. (College players have faster tracks to the Majors due to experience but don’t have the opportunity to have a Major League system mold them like an 18-year-old.)

“It’s always about balance for me,” said Marti Wolever, an assistant general manager and head of amateur scouting. “Everyone always says, ‘Marti, you’re a high-ceiling guy.’ I certainly am. But on the flip side, you forget about a lot of guys over the years, from Jason Donald… to college guys that are a little further along and may not have quite the ceiling as the high school guys do but they’re going to be good major-league players. That’s how we look at it.”

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Phillies select outfielder with 39th pick in MLB Draft

UPDATE – With their second selection (66th overall), the Phillies chose outfielder/second baseman Roman Quinn. Quinn is labeled as being one of the fastest prep school players in this year’s class.

He attended Port St. Joe High School in Gulf County, Florida. He played second base, shortstop, and center field during his high school career. Quinn committed to Florida State so it will be interesting to see if he signs with the Phillies.

With the 90th overall pick, the Phillies chose University of Miami third baseman Harold Martinez. Martinez is 6’3″ and 212 pounds and is a right-handed hitter.

He was previously selected in the 19th round of the 2008 Draft by the Texas Rangers but decided to go to Miami.

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While the Phillies lost their true first round pick when signing Cliff Lee, the Phils picked up a supplemental first rounder when right fielder Jayson Werth signed with the Nationals.

The Phillies used that pick on a future corner outfielder, drafting Larry Greene with the 39th overall selection.

The 6’2″, 235 pound athletic outfielder is from Berrien High School in Nashville, Ga. He batted .562 in 30 games as a center fielder. Despite playing center, Marti Wolever, the Phillies scouting director sees Greene as a corner¬†outfielder¬†in the Majors.

“He’s a man amongst young men,” Wolever said. “He’s really strong and powerful and just really a very good athlete . . . We think he’s a corner outfielder with above-average power. He stays on the ball when he hits and has a chance to drive the ball to the left side, left-center. He’s got above average power pole-to-pole.”

Wolever also said the left-handed hitter reminds him of Jonathan Singleton, an eighth-round pick in 2009 whom the organization regards highly.

The MLB draft resumes today at noon with rounds 2-30. The Phillies pick twice in the second round (66 and 90 overall) and have the 120th overall pick in the third round. They pick 151st overall in the fourth round, and draft a player every 30 picks after that.

Video of Greene hitting.

Homers Hurt Hamels

Cole Hamels had a no-hitter going into the seventh but that was ended abruptly. San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Hairston hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning en route to a 3-1 victory over the Phillies, splitting the four-game series.

Hamels pitched eight innings, allowing only two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Wade LeBlanc got the win for the Friars, pitching seven shut out innings and allowing four runs and a walk while walking two strike outs.

The Phillies got their lone run in the ninth when Ryan Howard hit an RBI double. Jayson Werth followed that up with a strike out to end the game. Howard’s double was the only extra base-hit of the game for the Phillies.

Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs, and two RBIs. Hairston also had two hits, one being a homer.

Doubles: Howard (9).

WP: LeBlanc (3-4). LP: Hamels (5-5). S: H. Bell (16).

Boxscore.

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The Phillies drafted Jesse Biddle with the 27th pick of the amateur draft today. The 18-year-old left-handed pitcher stands at 6-foot-5, 235-pounds and pitched at the Germantown Friends School. He is the highest-picked local talent in Phillies history.

Twitter

I have my own Twitter account that I used to post on a bit but I got tired of posting personal thoughts on everything. I decided since I mainly use Twitter to follow Todd Zolecki, David Murphy, and Phillies Nation, I figured I would make a new account for this site. Follow me on Twitter @TeamToBeat. If you look in the top left hand corner of the page, you’ll see my Twitter feed. I’ll post thoughts during and after games, short news I hear from other places, and links to the site.

Speaking of Twitter, Zolecki reported the Phillies signed their 7th round pick, RHP Brody Colvin:

Phillies sign RHP Brody Colvin, a 7th round pick. He had committed to LSU. Phils sign each pick in the top 10 rounds.

News 6/11/09

I just got home from playing softball and I quickly checked the Phillies headlines and I saw a couple of noteworthy things:

Dugan Agrees Financially:

Kelly Dugan, the Phillies first pick in the draft (#75) agreed financially to sign with the Phillies. An amount hasn’t been determined yet but that’s good news as they locked him up right away.

Ozuna Suspended 50 Games:

The Phillies got their second player suspended for 50 games this year. Pablo Ozuna was caught with an “elevated testosterone/epitesterone ratio,” according to a statement from Major League Baseball. He was the starting 2nd baseman for AAA Lehigh. He’s batting .294 with no home runs and 15 RBIs in 187 at-bats this season for the IronPigs.

Introducing the Phillies Draft Picks

The Phillies took two outfielders in this year’s draft.

With the 75th pick in the MLB draft, the Phillies took switch-hitting power hitter Kelly Dugan. The 6’3″ 18-year old out of California has decent speed on the bases and a decent arm in the field but features some pop from both sides of the plate. The Phillies lost their first round pick to the Mariners when they signed Raul Ibanez to his three year deal.

In the third round (#106), the Phillies took Washington native Kyrell Hudson, 18, another outfielder. The 6’2″ Hudson is more of an athletic type who has a good presence in the field and dangerous speed on the base paths. He also has power potential but scouts say he needs to develop more consistency at the plate. Sounds like another Michael Bourn in the field and Jimmy Rollins at the plate.

In local news, Mike Trout from Millville, NJ was drafted 25th to the Los Angeles Angels. I wish him the best of luck in his road to the bigs.

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