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]
40th) RHP Shane Watson (Lakewood HS, California)
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.
54th) RHP Mitch Gueller (W F West HS, Washington)
Gueller is a 6’3″, 205-pound pitcher from Washington. The Phillies compared his body type to Roger Clemens. But they were more impressed with his stuff, which is comparable to the Phillies current top starting pitching prospect Trevor May.
MLB.com’s scouting report of him is very upbeat:
A very good athlete who hit and pitched in high school, it’s clear his future is on the mound, with a fastball that consistently sits in the 92-93 mph range to go along with a breaking ball that will show glimpses of being above average. He has some feel for a changeup but doesn’t use it very much. His athleticism helps him on the mound and should allow him to refine his command and make his secondary offerings more consistent.
77th) OF Dylan Cozens (Chaparral HS, Arizona)
Cozens is a big-bodied outfielder, standing at 6’6″ and 225 pounds. He bats and throws left-handed. He isn’t ranked in Baseball America’s top 500 draft prospects. Cozens hit 19 home runs, the most in the state of Arizona this spring while leading his high school to a Division I state championship.
From the Daily News, which throws up a red flag on the project outfielder:
He also could be facing a choice about what sport to play. A 6-5, 235-pound defensive end, he signed a letter of intent to play football at Arizona in February.
His high school career has been interesting. He was kicked off the baseball team at Desert Mountain for disciplinary reasons as a junior and and ruled ineligible to play for 365 days after transferring.
95th) RHP Alec Rash (Adel Desoto Minburn HS, Iowa)
Rash is another tall pitcher to add to the Phillies organization. He’s 6’5″ and has a good fastball in the mid-90’s as well as a hard slider.
Tall and thin, there’s room for growth and Rash already can crank his fastball up into the mid-90s with plenty of movement. His power slider has the chance to be an outstanding breaking ball in the future as well. A three-sport standout, Rash is very athletic, but still very raw, more of a project who will have to work on his mechanics and improve his command. While it might take him a while, the raw stuff is bound to intrigue many, especially teams that have a track record in developing young pitching.
125th) SS Zachary Green (Jesuit HS, California)
158th) 1B Christopher Serritella (Southern Illionis University)
188th) OF Andrew Pullin (Centralia HS, Washington)
218th) 3B Cameron Perkins (Purdue University)
248th) LHP Hoby Milner (University of Texas)
278th) C Josh Ludy (Baylor University)