Round Ten: Shortstop Madison Stokes
The Phillies ended Day Two of the draft by selecting their third shortstop of the day, South Carolina Gamecock Madison Stokes. He wasn’t ranked on either MLB.com or Baseball America.
Stokes didn’t play often during his college career, missing time due to injury in each of the last three years. He had the best offensive season of his career this year, posting a .342/.424/.609 line with 10 home runs and 40 runs batted in. He didn’t play in a summer league last year and struggled in the Coastal Plain League in 2016.
Stokes is all upside with plenty of raw power. His consistent string of injuries is an obvious concern, but at this point of the draft you are just hoping on lottery tickets.
Hopefully, some of the players selected Tuesday can turn into decent major-league players for the Phillies.