The Phillies had a clear and concise path on day two of the MLB Draft.
After drafting University of Las Vegas shortstop Bryson Stott 14th overall in the MLB Draft the Phillies had to wait until their next pick. By signing Bryce Harper to a large contract they forfeited their second round pick and had to wait 67 picks before getting their next prospect.
With eight picks on day two of the draft the Phillies had a clear and concise path on day two of the MLB Draft: add experienced pitching and young infielders.
With the 91st overall pick Philadelphia took high school shortstop Jamari Baylor.
MLB.com ranked Baylor as their 161st overall prospect and Baseball America (subscription required) had him ranked 303rd. A lot of publications might call this pick a reach, but they highlighted his speed, athleticism, and arm strength.
Another question with this pick is why the team took two shortstop with their top two picks, especially with Jean Segura signed through 2022.
Philadelphia’s minor league shortstop depth isn’t great, especially with MLB Pipeline’s #4 Phillies prospect Luis Garcia struggling in Lakewood. Still 18-years-old, Garcia is hitting .198 with 50 strikeouts in 51 games for the BlueClaws.
Nick Maton is the only other shortstop ranked on the list (#18 overall) but he’s still in Advanced-A Clearwater. He’s swinging a strong bat, hitting .287 with four more hits than games played, but he’s still years away and is already 22-years-old.
Other than those two the Phillies need depth, and while Stott could be ready to impact the major league club by the time Segura is done, Baylor can develop or be a trade piece in a couple of years.