Phillies 2016 Draft Picks: How Did the First 20 Fare?
By John Town
Round 11: OF Josh Stephen– Stephen was the second high school outfielder taken by the Phils, also coming out of California from Mater Dei High School. A strong commitment to USC scared teams off, but the team took a chance and it paid off. He drew high praise from BA as the second-best pure hitter of this class as well as the best late-round pick. With the GCL Phillies, Stephen posted a .253/.339/.370 line with 12 of his 41 hits going for extra bases. Stephen is a strong all-around hitter, but you’d like to see a better average from one of the oldest high-schoolers in this year’s draft and supposedly one of the best hitters from this class.
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Round 12: RHP Justin Miller– There was little info known about Miller upon his selection, and the California high-schooler was assigned to the GCL. He pitched 13.1 innings of relief and walked more batters than he struck out. He somehow managed a 2.03 ERA, but his 5.20 FIP and strikeout-to-walk ratio should tell you all you need to know about Miller’s season.
Round 13: RHP Andrew Brown– The Phillies absolutely loved their California high-schoolers in this year’s draft, with Brown also being one. He was the 107th-best prospect in CA’s class, which was not up to par according to BA.
Brown had the makings of reliever with a 91 mph fastball, effective change, and middling breaking ball. He was solid in 11 relief appearances in the GCL, posting a 2.75 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 9.15 K/9, and 2.29 BB/9.
Round 14: 1B Darick Hall– Hall was teammates with sixth-rounder Martinelli at Dallas Baptist, where he both pitched and played first base. He smashed baseballs in college and continued to do so with Williamsport. Hall smacked nine home runs in addition to hitting for a .282/.372/.518 line in 57 games. BA said he had the best power in the class. I won’t call him the next Rhys Hoskins quite yet, but he is off to a good start.
Round 15: 1B Alex Wojciechowski– Wojciechowski was the first Phillies draftee not to sign with the club, which may be a good thing for anyone who would have to spell his name on a consistent basis.