Here’s a look at the players drafted by Philadelphia in 2012 who reached the big leagues.
- 2nd round – Dylan Cozens
- 3rd round – Zach Green
- 6th round – Cameron Perkins
- 7th round – Hoby Milner
- 21st round – Drew Anderson
- 28th round – Joe Mantiply
- 29th round – Brad Wieck
- 40th round – Eric Hanhold
Neither of the Phillies two first round picks, Shane Watson or Mitch Grueller, ever made the big leagues, a crushing blow to the organization.
Dylan Cozens created buzz when he hit 40 home runs for Double-A Reading in 2016, but his raw power never materialized into a consistent big league bat. Cozens reached the big leagues in 2018 to hit just one home run with a .158 average, and he went 0-1 in 2019 before going out for the year with an injury.
Philadelphia released Cozens midway through the 2019 season, and he was later picked up by Tampa Bay.
Green was granted free agency after the 2018 season, never playing above Reading in the Phillies organization. He returned home to California to play for the Giants, hitting .143 in eight games last season.
Outfielder Cam Perkins played 42 games for Philadelphia in 2017, hitting .182 with five doubles and one home run. He proved to be nothing better than a fourth or fifth outfielder and was waived after the season. He’s spent time in the Mariners and Dodgers farm system and is now a minor league free agent.
Milner had a very successful rookie campaign in 2017, earning a 2.01 ERA in 37 relief appearances with the Phillies. He was never the same after that season with a 7.36 ERA ever since between the Phillies and Rays. Tampa Bay elected to release him following the 2019 season.
Drew Anderson was a promising pitcher who failed to stick in the big leagues, failing to keep his ERA below seven in nine big league games. Philadelphia released him in September 2019 despite a strong spring training out of the bullpen.
Pitchers Joe Mantiply, Brad Wieck, and Eric Hanhold didn’t sign with the Phillies after the draft, but all made big league debuts. They combine to have an 8.44 ERA in 58 career games.
Notable 1st round picks drafted after Watson: Matt Olson, Lance McCullers Jr.
Notable draft picks missed: Alex Wood, Max Muncy, Ross Stripling, Jake Lamb, Matthew Boyd, Walker Buehler, Josh Hader