Phillies 2018 Draft Day 2 Recap

Today was the second day of the 2018 MLB Draft. Picks today covered rounds 3 to 10. The Phillies did not have a second or third round pick, so they went from pick 3 until pick 107 waiting for things to happen. I wrote about much of my own thoughts on the Phillies picks here, but I wanted to take this time to see what how the Phillies picks related to what the internet had to say and rank coming in.

BA ranks to 500, ESPN to 100, FG to ~130+, MLB to 200

Round 4 – Pick 107 – RHP Colton Eastman, Cal St Fullerton

Ranks: BA – 75 | ESPN – 67 | FG – 88 | MLB – 98

As a freshman, he was touching 94 mph with his fastball, but hasn’t gotten back there since, typically sitting in the 89-92 mph range. Early this season, Eastman used a plus changeup with tremendous success and showed a below-average breaking ball. Over the course of the spring, his curve has bounced back and flashes above-average, but his changeup has regressed. He’s a strike-thrower, but not quite with the precision Eshelman or Seabold showed during their days anchoring the Titans rotation. Eastman missed a good chunk of his sophomore season with elbow inflammation and has not pitched over the summer in either of the past two years. He’s shown no ill effects this year, though, and a team that believes he could have two above-average secondary offerings to go along with his feel for pitching could snag him early as a back-end starter type who could move quickly.MLB.com

College righty whose strike-throwing progressed this year. Low-90s with plus, split-action changeup.Fangraphs

Eastman will pitch only in the upper 80s, but he has great deception in his delivery, showing the ball to hitters at the last possible second, and he checks a lot of other boxes — excellent control, good fastball life, a plus changeup and flashes of an above-average breaking ball.ESPN

Round 5 – Pick 137 – CF Matt Vierling, Notre Dame

Ranks: BA – UR | ESPN – UR | FG – UR | MLB – UR

The 6-foot-2 junior — who was drafted by the Cardinals in the 30th round in 2015 before attending school — is an athletic center fielder with above-average speed. He’s also pitched at times, with a 90-to-93 mph fastball and high-80s cutter as a righty on the mound.MLB.com

Round 6 – Pick 167 – SS Logan Simmons, Tattnall Square Academy (GA)

Ranks: BA – 226 | ESPN – UR | FG – HS-H-20 (outside 130) | MLB – UR

The Georgia Tech commit has a lot of power, but he also swings-and-misses a lot, with a swing that has a lot of moving parts. When he makes contact, though, the ball goes a long way. Simmons has average speed, and he might be more of a third baseman or outfielder than a shortstop down the road.MLB.com

Round 7 – Pick 197 – LHP Gabriel Cotto, Puerto Rico BB Academy

Ranks: BA – UR | ESPN – UR | FG – UR | MLB – UR

A long-levered lefthander with some physical projection remaining, Cotto has a fastball in the 86-89 mph range and a changeup that is currently ahead of his breaking ball.Baseball America

Round 8 – Pick 227 – SS Seth Lancaster, Coastal Carolina

Ranks: BA – UR | ESPN – UR | FG – UR | MLB – UR

Lancaster struggled to a .250/.358/.405 line during his spring season with Coastal Carolina, with 53 strikeouts and 36 walks. After undergoing Lasik surgery last summer, Lancaster improved significantly on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and turned his new and improved eyesight into a .311/.462/.660 line with a career-high 19 home runs this spring. Perhaps more significant than the power increase is the fact that Lancaster walked more than he struck out for the first time in his collegiate career, with 61 walks and 51 strikeouts. With a plus arm, Lancaster could fit at third base if he has to move off of shortstop.Baseball America

Round 9 – Pick 257 – RHP Dominic Pipkin, Pinole Valley HS (CA)

Ranks: BA – 104 | ESPN – 64 | FG – 114| MLB – 92

Tall, athletic and projectable physically, Pipkin screams upside potential. With a quick arm and long frame, he was up to 95-96 mph at Area Codes and maintained his velocity across two innings of work, though he was more in the 92-93 mph range early this spring. He’s demonstrated the makings of good secondary offerings as well, flashing a plus slider and showing feel for a changeup, giving him the chance to have three at least average pitches at his disposal. All of it comes from an easy and clean delivery. The biggest question mark around Pipkin is with his command and control, which can be shaky at times. There’s reason to hope that his athleticism and delivery will lend itself to harnessing his stuff, especially as he matures. His ceiling could be entice a team to draft him early enough to not head down the road to California for college ball.MLB.com

Frame/athleticism projection arm. Up to 96 last summer but sitting more 88-92 this spring.Fangraphs

Pipkin can swing the bat a little, but his pro future right now is on the mound, where he’ll touch 97 mph but doesn’t pitch there yet and can show good spin on a breaking ball.ESPN

Round 10 – Pick 287 – 3B Madison Stokes, South Carolina

Ranks: BA – UR | ESPN – UR | FG – UR | MLB – UR

Drafted by the Yankees in the 40th round out of high school for his soft hands, athleticism and arm, Stokes made it to South Carolina where he has stuck at shortstop despite below-average speed. He bounced back from a .224/.312/.319 offensive season as a junior and hit .331/.417/.587 with a career-high 10 home runs this spring, leading the Gamecocks in slugging, with the lowest strikeout rate of his SEC career and the highest walk rate. His offensive improvements could make him a solid senior sign when added to his defensive skills, though his wood-bat track record has been up and down as well.Baseball America

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  1. Romus

    June 06, 2018 01:13 PM

    Wonder how high the Phillies will go to convince Pipkin to forego the Cal commit and head for the GCL in Clearwater.
    Cotto could be another with some signing concerns, but really think the college leverage aspect is not in play as much as Pipkin, so he may be able to be signed at a lower bonus figure.
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