What could’ve been: Reevaluating all Phillies draft picks of the decade
By Koy Zdimal
2011 Phillies selection: Larry Greene OF 39th overall (6th compensation pick)
The early decade Phillies had a lot of MLB success. Their first round picks, not so much. Greene is the second straight first round pick to not reach the show. The highest level he reached was A ball, which he struggled in batting .203 while striking out in 37% of at bats.
The supplemental round (27 total picks) has two All-Stars so far in Michael Fulmer and Jackie Bradley Jr. It also featured Rockies star shortstop Trevor Story. So out of those three who would have fit best for the Phillies?
It is a tough call between who is better: Odubel Herrera or Jackie Bradley Jr. Neither would be a massive upgrade compared to the other making selecting him pointless. Story definitely would’ve been an offensive upgrade to Freddy Galvis since his debut in 2016. While Galvis is significantly better defensively, Story must now be compared to J.P Crawford. While Story will likely be a better power hitter, specifically due to the advantage of Coors Field, Crawford has potential to be a better defender and average hitter compared to story.
Drafting Fulmer would have given the team an ace that they are in desperate need of.
Phillies new selection: Michael Fulmer RHP (originally 44th overall by New York Mets)