Sam Bragg/Dylan Covey, RP: Oakland Athletics
Bragg represented the A’s organization in the Fall League this month, and was given the title of a “rising star” through the tournament. Primarily a bullpen arm, Bragg pitched in 36 games in Double-A. He struck out 68 batters in 65 innings, showing more than nine strikeouts per walk and inning.
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This pick by the Phillies could turn into a very good arm in their major league bullpen in 2017. The bullpen needs a lot of help, and Bragg could be the power arm they need.
Bragg’s teammate Dylan Covey is another member of the A’s organization who could be drafted by the Phillies.
Covey was previously the Brewers first-round pick in 2010, but opted not to sign after being diagnosed with diabetes.
Selected in the fourth round by Oakland a couple of years later, Covey has a major league arm that will throw fastballs, changeups, sliders, and a curveball. An oblique injury slowed down Covey last year, limiting him to 29.1 innings as a starter.