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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.

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