June 11, 2012
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The Phillies have signed their first overall pick of the MLB Amateur Draft today.
Right-handed pitcher Shane Watson, picked with the 4oth overall pick, agreed to terms with the Phillies to sign. The Phillies also signed their second and third draft picks, all at slot value, according to Matt Gelb.
By reaching the earlier deadline, it will benefit both sides.
Watson’s scouting report that I posted last week when he was picked:
Watson is a 6’4″, 200-pounder from California. Ranked 30th by Baseball America, Watson throws a fastball is in the mid-90s. He has a good breaking ball and a cutter in his arsenal as well.
The Phillies said he reminds them a lot of former first round pick Brett Myers because of his devastating curveball, competitiveness and fire on the mound.
June 5, 2012
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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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