Here’s a look at the players drafted by Philadelphia in 2015 who reached the big leagues.
- 2nd round – Scott Kingery
The only player drafted by Philadelphia in the 2015 draft who has reached the big leagues is super-utility man Scott Kingery.
From day one Kingery drew comparisons to Chase Utley and was crowned the next great Phillies second baseman. The University of Arizona star hit .351 in college and .278 in the minors before earning a six year deal worth $24 million.
Kingery’s rookie season was one to forget with exception to his ability to play six positions in the field. He’s played his natural position of second base almost the least of any position in his big league career, mainly getting time in center field, shortstop, and third base.
Going forward it appears Kingery will be the Phillies third baseman and everyday utility man. His future with the team is a certainty, but where he’ll play isn’t. Top prospect Alec Bohm is expected to play third base at some point in 2020, Didi Gregorius was signed to play short, Jean Segura is moving to second, and Adam Haseley is likely the starting center fielder.
Kingery at least gives the Phillies a lot of options if one of those players goes down, but it’s not the best situation for a young player.
Philadelphia whiffed once again in the first round of the draft by taking Cornelius Randolph, a high school infielder converted to outfield, with the 10th overall pick. Randolph hasn’t hit better than .265 since rookie ball and doesn’t have the power that would make a team turn a blind eye to his batting average.
The Phillies do still have hope for Luke Leftwich and Nick Fanti, two young pitchers who are still working thier way through the minor leagues.
Will Stewart could have also made this list, but he was the final piece in the J.T. Realmuto trade with Miami. The Marlins loved Stewart’s arm, but the Phillies felt comfortable giving him up instead of Spencer Howard.
Notable 1st round picks drafted after Randolph: Kevin Newman, Walker Buehler, Mike Soroka, Austin Riley
Notable draft picks missed: Brandon Lowe, Harrison Bader