Phillies Draft Day 2 Recap
After taking Virginia’s Adam Haseley and Caly Poly’s Spencer Howard in the first two rounds, the Phillies faced 8 rounds of picking players. Yesterday was a lazy jaunt, today was a slow descent into madness. By the 7th round Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis were glued to their phones hoping scouts would bail them out with reports on players that they had never heard of. It only devolved from there as teams took college seniors to save money to spend later. In the end the Phillies walked away with a mixed group of players and the greatest mystery of the draft so far.
So who did they take?
3rd Round – Connor Seabold – RHP – Cal State Fullerton
Seabold comes out of the same college as current IronPigs starter Thomas Eshelman, and draws a lot of similar reviews. Seabold has slightly more velocity than Eshelman, but his command might be a step his fellow Titan. Unless he makes a sudden unexpected improvement, Seabold should be a quick moving back end starter, and he could reach the majors as soon as 2019 if the Phillies want to push him.
4th Round – Jake Scheiner – 3B – Houston
Scheiner was one of the best hitters in college baseball this year, hitting .346/.432/.667 in his first year at Houston (he spent two years in junior college). He has good power potential, but there are questions about where he plays defensively (he played shortstop and third base, with some thinking he will end up at second base).
5th Round – Ethan Lindow – LHP – Locust Grove HS
On some level it is hard to separate the mid round projectable high school arms, in most cases the scouting reports read the same. Lindow can get up to 92 with his fastball, but he faded down the stretch and likely saw his stock drop. He shows feel for a 3 pitch mix, with his breaking ball ahead of his changeup. He is going to be a long term project.
6th Round – Dalton Guthrie – SS – Florida
There aren’t many college shortstops that project to stick at the position all the way to the majors. If his arm strength comes fully back from injury, Guthrie projects to be a pretty good defender at short. He is a good hitter, but his lack of power limits his ultimate upside at the plate, despite a good feel for hitting and approach. The likely outcome for Guthrie is a good glove utility infielder, but if he bounces back from a down year he could be a low end starter.
7th Round – Nick Maton – SS – Lincoln Land JC
Maton is interesting, despite the lack of information. He mashed this year (albeit in a low level league), and he is a projectable infielder who should stay at short or third.
8th Round – Jhordany Mezquita – LHP
Let’s get weird. The Phillies already signed Mezquita, well not quite, the Phillies had agreed to sign Mezquita. Back then that was the international side of the amateur operations looking to sign him out of the Dominican Republic. However, MLB rules that he had to go through the draft, and so the Phillies took him in the 8th round. Mezquita is a 6’1″ lefty who is 91-94 (according to TV) feed with some debate as to whether his breaking ball or changeup is the better pitch.
9th Round – Zack Zoellner – 3B – New Mexico
10th Round – Connor Brogdon – RHP – Lewis-Clark State
The Phillies finished off with two college seniors. Zoeller has power and walked more than he struck out. Brogdon is a large righty (6’6″) who dominated the NAIA hitters this year.
None of the picks jump out today as super exciting or high upside. However, the Phillies took a fast moving starting pitcher to kick off the day and added some upside in the middle in Lindow, Guthrie, Maton, and Mezquita. We also don’t know what each player will cost the Phillies. That will greatly influence what they are able to do on Day 3 of the draft. Like the past two seasons, the Phillies under Johnny Almaraz did not stick to conventional draft boards. This leaves us having to trust the Phillies scouting department. That may not sit right with many people, but right now we really don’t have much more to go on.
One thing to watch as we move into Day 3 is that the Phillies have taken a couple of players through the first 10 rounds that would appeal to analytics. That is especially prominent with college performers in Adam Haseley, Spencer Howard, Connor Seabold, Jake Scheiner, and Zack Zoellner. It is also relatively low risk with many players having a foundation in approach and hit tool at the plate or command and control on the mound.