Phillies: MLB.com names Phillies worst first round pick of the last decade
The Phillies haven’t made great first round picks, and MLB.com breaks down the worst
In the midst of an offseason that went from being red hot to ice cold, MLB.com’s top draft analysts broke down each team’s worst first round pick of the last decade.
Philadelphia has had many flops among their last 10 years worth of first round picks. Some of that has to do with having later picks thanks to a prolonged era of winning, but it still doesn’t excuse 10 years worth of bad picks.
For the Phillies worst pick, Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis, and Mike Rosenbaum went with the 10th overall pick of the 2015 MLB Draft, high school outfielder Cornelius Randolph.
A headache for many fans since being drafted out of the state of Georgia, Randolph hasn’t lived up to the hype as being one of the top bats in his class. Still just 21-years-old, Randolph is a career .257 hitter in the minors with little signs of a power surge.
Last year he spent the entire season in Double-A Reading and hit just .241, though he did cut back on the strikeouts. After striking out 125 times in 122 games with Clearwater two seasons ago Randolph struck out just 92 times for Reading.
Randolph was one of many options for Mayo, Callis, and Rosenbaum to pick, though they could have gone with a handful of players who are completely out of the Phillies system and never made it to the big leagues.