Phillies MLB Draft 2017: Recapping Day Two picks

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May 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) is doused with ice after hitting a walk off RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
May 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) is doused with ice after hitting a walk off RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 16, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Cal State Fullerton Titans pitcher Connor Seabold (260 looks down at the ball as he leaves the game against the LSU Tigers during the third inning in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports /

RHP Connor Seabold & 3B Jake Scheiner

The Phillies opened up Day Two of the draft by taking right-handed pitcher Connor Seabold from Cal State-Fullerton. Seabold was teammates with prospect Tom Eshelman, and the two are very similar pitchers.

Team scouting director Johnny Almaraz noted that the two are very similar, but he explained why he thinks Seabold is better:

"“He’s a lot like Eshelman but with a lot more stuff,” Almaraz said. “He has more power to him. He’s a very good pitcher. He’s somebody that could be a very quick mover.”"

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Seabold is a control-first pitcher, walking just 22 batters in 122.2 innings this season. His fastball sits in the low-90s and he pairs it with an average changeup. A breaking ball could push him over the top and it is the main driving point on his future value.

Jake Scheiner was the first of four infielders selected by the Phillies. He played this season at the University of Houston after spending two years in junior college.

He hit 18 home runs in 63 games this year with a .346/.432/.667.

The team hopes Scheiner can hit for both average and power in the future. They also believe he has the arm and glove to stick at third base long-term, although he can also play shortstop and second base.

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