1. Casey Martin
Infielder Casey Martin was the Phillies’ third-round selection from the 2020 amateur draft out of the University of Arkansas.
Described as one “one of best athletes” from the draft with “plus raw power, 70-80 speed on 20-80 scale, quickness and arm,” the 21-year-old signed with the organization for $1.3 million — which exceeded his No. 87 overall pick slot value of $689,300.
The Phillies reportedly had been interested in Martin since he was in high school and were “really excited” he fell to them in the third round; this likely was due to Martin undergoing hamate bone surgery last fall.
While a member of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team, also known as the Diamond Hogs, Martin helped them to back-to-back trips to Omaha, Nebraska, the College World Series, for the first time in school history.
Over 148 games and three seasons with the Diamond Hogs, Martin slashed .310/.389/.542 with 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 116 RBI. The shortstop told reporters he is open to a position change if needed, having previously also played in the outfield, second base, and third base growing up.
Martin’s versatility and projection to have power at the plate could be intriguing to any team looking to pluck one of the Phillies’ better prospects.
For Dombrowski who once traded a young Trevor Hoffman to the San Diego Padres as part of a trade that landed the Florida Marlins slugger Gary Sheffield, nothing seems off the table. Perhaps, Stott, Abel, and/or Martin could soon be on the move this offseason to help the Phillies land their next star.