06/09/07 12:44 AM ET
Phils keep focus on size as Draft wraps
Prospects tabbed by Philly are big, athletic; 31 of 52 are hurlers
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
After selecting Manhattan College first baseman Matthew Rizzotti, the Phillies selected seven consecutive right-handed pitchers. Of the 31 pitchers selected, 27 were right-handed. Of the 21 position players, 14 were right-handed. The two most frequently drafted positions were outfielders (seven) and catchers (six).Day 2 is often more about filling out Minor League rosters than finding the next Joe Mauer, Alex Rodriguez or Cole Hamels. While there's always the chance of landing a Mark Buehrle, a 38th-round pick who becomes a star, those instances aren't common. "I'm very pleased and very excited [about who we got]," Wolever said. "From the top of the Draft on down, very excited. A lot of guys are good athletes, and a lot have big ceilings. Our scouting department did an outstanding job." Last year, the Phillies took high school athletes Joshua Thrailkill (34th round) and Michael Petello, but couldn't convince them to forgo Clemson and Arizona State University, respectively. This year, they took one of those players in Cory Vaughn, from Jesuit High School (Ca.). Vaughn is the son of former Major Leaguer Greg Vaughn. While finding a gem among these players would be a coup, the Phils' first priority is signing Savery, and he said Thursday that should happen shortly after Rice University's season ends. "I'm excited to get going, and I don't plan on dragging out any contract negotiations." Savery said.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.