Phils go for high-ceiling players
Scouting director Wolever confident Hewitt will sign quickly
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies continued to scour the high school ranks for talent on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft.A day after five high school players among eight players chosen -- including their first four picks -- Philadelphia took high school players with four of their first six Day 2 picks, starting with third baseman Johnny Coy. When the dust settled on Day 2, the Phillies' Draft looked like this: 24 high schoolers, 26 college players and two players not affiliated with a school. They took 30 pitchers -- 25 right-handers and five lefties. Among the position players were nine outfielders, four shortstops, four first basemen, three third basemen, one catcher and a shortstop. Philadelphia selected 52 players over both days of the Draft. Phillies scouting director Marti Wolever felt this Draft was a significant chance to replenish the organizational coffers with high-ceiling talent, realizing that not all of the players will turn out to be the next Chase Utley or Cole Hamels.
Phillies' top five selections
|24.||SS||Anthony Hewitt||Salisbury School (Conn.)|
|34.||LF||Zachary Collier||Chino Hills HS (Calif.)|
|51.||OF||Anthony Gose||Bellflower HS (Calif.)|
|71.||RHP||Jaosn Knapp||North Hunterdon Reg HS (N.J.)|
|102.||RHP||Vance Worley||Cal St Long Beach|
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"I don't want to drag out the process too long," Hewitt said. "I'm pretty sure [the talks] will go pretty well. I really want to go ahead and pursue my professional career as soon as possible. I'm eager to start."
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.