Prep Baseball Report

Draft Forecast: Philadelphia Phillies

Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

Philadelphia PhilliesTEAM: Philadelphia Phillies
PICK: 3 (Slot: $6,947,500)
POOL: $7,968,400

2017: Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia (8th overall)
2016: Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon HS, CA (1st overall)
2015: Cornelius Randolph, SS, Griffin HS, GA (10th overall)
2014: Aaron Nola, RHP, Louisiana State (7th overall)
2013: J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS, CA (16th overall)

HISTORY: The Phillies have picked in the top 10 the last four years and this will be their second top-five pick in three years. They have gambled on high school prospects a lot in the last decade, but went with college guys in two of the last four years in RHP Aaron Nola (Louisiana State) in 2014 and OF Adam Haseley (Virginia) in 2017.

FORECAST: In baseball, you don’t draft for need, but it would behoove the Phillies to take a player who can move relatively quickly through the minors. It’s only May, but they’re sniffing at first place in the National League East and another window of them competing is opening. The pitchers—RHP Brady Singer (Florida), LHP Ryan Rolison (Mississippi) and LHP Shane McClanahan (South Florida)—could zoom to the big leagues while SS Jonathan India (Florida), 2B Nick Madrigal (Oregon State), C Joey Bart (Georgia Tech) or 3B Alec Bohm (Wichita State) would provide strong offensive value.

Brady Singer, RHP, Florida
PBR Draft Board:
FB: 55/70            SL: 50/60            CH: 40/55
At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Singer has strength throughout a long, lean frame, especially in the lower half. He worked with an up-tempo pace, a lot of moving parts with a rocker step toward first base and a high front side after separation. He throws from a 3/4 slot, but high front side creates not only tilt to the fastball, but also natural late, sinking action. The fastball worked 93-94, touching 95 mph early, before settling in around 88-92. After a first inning where the fastball was up, he made an adjustment and worked more consistently down in the zone, attacking with the pitch. (Doug Freeman)

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Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State
PBR Draft Board:
HIT: 45/55            POWER: 40/50            SPEED: 60/60            DEFENSE: 50/55            ARM: 50/50
Madrigal is just coming back from an injury to his wrist that kept him out for a good chunk of the season, but he has picked up very much where he left off. His quick hands and pitch recognition allow him to put aggressive swings on any pitch early or ahead in counts, and he makes adjustments later to spray the ball to all fields. He is quick and agile at second base with clean hands and a quick release. The arm plays average, but is accurate. He has superior instincts and always appears to be several steps ahead. (Shooter Hunt)

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Jonathan India, 3B, Florida
PBR Draft Board:
HIT: 40/55            POWER: 40/55            SPEED: 60/60            DEFENSE: 50/60            ARM: 55/60
India is a complete player who possesses an unmatched combination of tools, skills and instincts of any college infielder in this year’s draft. Jeremy Eierman may have bigger tools and Nick Madrigal more skills, but India has both. He is a plus athlete with good body control and an above average to plus arm. He is a pus runner underway and has very good bat speed. He shows above average raw power in batting practice and got to that power in the game with his ability to recognize pitches and consistently get his best swing off each at-bat. (David Seifert)

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Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech
PBR Draft Board: 13
HIT: 30/40            POWER: 30/50            SPEED: 50/40            DEFENSE: 50/55            ARM: 60/70

Bart has a large, durable frame and brings a physical presence to the field. His defensive skills, arm strength and raw power separate him from the other catchers in the college draft class. In addition to plus arm strength, he set up tight behind the batter, showed a very quick and easy catch/throw transfer with a smooth release and accurate throws with good carry to second base between innings. Offensively, he showed plus raw pull power with bat strength. He displayed average bat speed in BP, but it was more slider bat speed in the game, as opposing pitchers were slowing it down with an offspeed mix. He sets up in an upright, slightly open stance and creates some length with a bat tilt toward the pitcher for his load. (David Seifert)

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Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State
PBR Draft Board:
HIT: 40/50            POWER: 40/60            SPEED: 40/30            DEFENSE: 40/45            ARM: 50/55

Bohm is a tall, power-hitting infielder, who has a chance to impact the game with his bat. He has a selective aggressive approach with good balance, strength and above-average bat speed. The swing is free, easy and compact for a man his size. Defensively, he showed fair actions and hands at third base with average range. He worked hard during pregame BP, taking dozens of groundballs in all directions. He has a high center of gravity and will need to work even harder on a daily basis to stick at the hot corner. (David Seifert)

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