Phillies: 5 players they just missed in the MLB Draft
2011 MLB Draft: Trevor Story
With the 39th pick in the 2011 MLB Draft the Phillies selected OF Larry Greene out of Berriens High School in Georgia. This draft pick turned out very flat.
Greene never made it out of A ball and only played three seasons after being drafted. He slashed .224/.318/.321 with 8 home runs and 74 RBIs in 242 games.
Like I mentioned before, it is hard to draft and assess players at such a young age and sometimes early picks pan out like Greene did. Larry Greene is one of the worst draft picks for the Phillies this decade.
Little did Philadelphia know a future productive player was only a few picks away as the Colorado Rockies selected SS Trevor Story with the 45th overall pick in 2011.
Since making his MLB debut in 2016 Story has slashed .276/.341/.537 with 123 home runs and a WAR of 18.6. Story has had an OPS north of .900 three out of his first four seasons and has been a consistent power bat for Colorado.
In 2019, Story had his best defensive season yet according to OAA (Outs Above Average). According to Baseballsavant.com,
"“Outs Above Average is the cumulative effect of all individual plays a fielder has been credited or debited with, making it a range-based metric of fielding skill that accounts for the number of plays made and the difficulty of them. For example, a fielder who catches a 25% Out Probability play gets +.75; one who fails to make the play gets -.25.”"
Last season Trevor Story posted a +15 OAA, 7th best in the league. His previous two seasons he posted a -1 and +4. Colorado found a gem when they took Story 45th overall, Philadelphia tries to erase this draft from their memory.