Draft 2015: Phillies Early Round Results
The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft continued beyond the 1st round last night. We already highlighted the Phillies selection of Cornelius Randolph here at TBOH, and later in the evening the Phils selected University of Arizona 2nd baseman Scott Kingery with their 2nd round choice, the 48th overall pick in the Draft.
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The process continued on Tuesday, with teams drafting from rounds 3-10, and will conclude with rounds 11-40 on Wednesday. That draft process can all be followed ‘live’ on the MLB Network, and on the MLB website.
We’ll have a review at the end of all of the Phillies picks, but for now let’s take a look at the players selected in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds: 2nd baseman Scott Kingery, shortstop Luke Williams, and 1st baseman Kyle Martin.
ROUND TWO: SCOTT KINGERY (48th overall pick)
Kingery is a 5’11, 175 pound 2nd baseman from Phoenix, Arizona. He is an identical twin with a brother, Sam. Kingery played in the 2006 Little League World Series, then starred at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix where he was a 4-year honor roll student. In high school, he was named a 2nd team All-American by Baseball America as a senior, and was also a 1st team Louisville Slugger All-American before moving on to the University of Arizona. At Arizona he appeared in 41 games as a freshman, then became the full-time starter in centerfield during his sophomore season in 2014. Last summer, Kingery made the Cape Cod League All-Star team while playing for Brewster. Moved to 2nd base for this season at Arizona, Kingery became the best player in the Pac-12, and was named a Golden Spikes Award (best college player) semi-finalist. He has a strong hit tool, a strong arm that could have seen him switch to shortstop as a pro, if needed. That won’t be needed in Philly, and while he could eventually go back to the outfield, he should be given a shot at becoming the team’s long-term answer at 2nd base.
ROUND THREE: LUCAS “Luke” WILLIAMS (83rd overall pick)
Williams is a 6’1, 180 pounder who turns 19 years old in early August. He has been a shortstop at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, South Orange County, California and is committed to Cal-Poly for college, should he not sign with the Phillies. Williams was named Most Valuable Player at the Perfect Game California World Series last summer.
ROUND FOUR: KYLE MARTIN (114th overall pick)
Martin is a big guy, a 6’1, 240 pound 1st baseman from Greenville, South Carolina who at age 22 is physically mature. He starred at Southeast HS and led the school to a championship before moving on to the University of South Carolina. He gained valuable experience as a part-timer his first two years, getting College World Series experience his freshman year and playing in the NCAA Super Regionals as a sophomore. Taking over as a starter in his junior year in 2014, he became the team’s leading hitter, and was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tourney Team. He was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. This year as a senior, Martin was named 1st Team All-SEC at 1st base, and he was named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. Collegiate Baseball named him as a 2nd team All-American. Martin was chosen by the Angels a year ago in the 20th round, but returned to school hoping to bump up his Draft stock, which appears to have paid off for him with this selection.