The Phillies hold the 10th overall pick in the 1st Round, making this the 2nd consecutive season that the organization will pick in the Top 10. Last year they chose RHP Aaron Nola with the 7th overall pick.
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A few weeks back, in my first draft-related article, I opined that the Phils should seriously consider college outfielder Ian Happ with their pick. Happ will make an excellent prospect for some team. Now as the actual Amateur Draft draws closer, I’m beginning to refine the overall possibilities, and have a new prospect to consider.
The following is my own MLB Mock Draft, compiled using the information that is publicly available through numerous sources on the internet, and based on organizational needs in some cases. As with all the “Mocks” out there, it’s purely speculative. But I hope that it adds to your enjoyment of the process, and we’ll see how I do come Monday.
|1. Arizona Diamondbacks|
All the late buzz is on the Dbacks taking one of the top shortstops, and looking more and more like Swanson is their man.
|2. Houston Astros (Comp for not signing Brady Aiken in ’14)|
Shortstop, Lake Mary (Fla.) HS
A lot of folks thinking the college angle and Alex Bregman here. Could be, but I think Rodgers is better. He’ll take longer to develop. They have time.
|3. Colorado Rockies|
The safest prediction here, which means they likely don’t pick him. Would seriously consider Rodgers if he is still available here.
|4. Texas Rangers|
Mars needs women. Texas needs arms. He may be the best in this draft.
|5. Houston Astros|
RHP, UC Santa Barbara
They go position player at #2, arm at #6. Have to come away with an impact arm with one of these picks.