Phillies representatives for the MLB Draft announced
Two Phillies legends will be on hand at the 2018 MLB Draft
Former Phillies coaches and All-Stars Larry Bowa and Mickey Morandini will represent the franchise at the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft on June 4 from the MLB Network Studio.
Bowa and Mornadini were on Pete Mackanin’s staff last year but were not retained by Gabe Kapler when Mackanin was moved to the front office. Bowa is now a Senior Advisor to the General Manager and Morandini works as a Club Ambassador working with public relations and likely with the scouting department.
Morandini was a fifth round pick of the Phillies out of Indiana University-Bloomington in 1988 and played nine years with Philadelphia from 1990-1997 and 2000. He’s served on both the major league and minor league coaching staff serving as the manager for the Crosscutters and BlueClaws and first base coach in Philadelphia.
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Bowa was signed as an amateur free agent by Philadelphia in 1970 and played 12 years with Philadelphia before being traded with Ryne Sandberg to Chicago for Ivan de Jesus. From 2001-04 Bowa was the club’s manager, going 337-308 and winning Manager of the Year in his first season after winning 86 games, a 21-game improvement from the year before.
Several other teams will have former Phillies serving as representatives at the draft, including Tony Gwynn Jr. representing his father’s former team the San Diego Padres. Dale Murph, who spent one year in Philadelphia, will represent the Braves, Aaron Rowand will represent the White Sox, John McDonald will represent the Indians, Juan Pierre with the Marlins, Geoff Jenkins with the Brewers, and Bob Boone with the Nationals.
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Philadelphia holds the third overall pick in the draft and are widely projected to pick Wichita State third baseman Alec Bohm.