The Philadelphia Phillies went deep into the postseason again, but not quite as far as last year. As such, they'll be excluded from the MLB Draft Lottery, which will take place during the offseason Winter Meetings in December.
In 2023, the Phillies had the 27th overall pick in the first round after falling in the World Series. This year, despite being eliminated slightly earlier, they'll have the same pick, No. 27, in the 2024 MLB Draft.
If you're curious how the order is determined for lottery and playoff teams, you can read all the nitty-gritty details here, courtesy of MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.
As for the Phillies, this is only the third time since the first amateur draft in 1965 that they have had the 27th overall pick. The first time they had this pick was in 2010 when they selected local boy Jesse Biddle. The left-handed pitcher, who was at one point the top prospect in the organization, was with the Phillies until 2016. They traded him to the Braves after undergoing Tommy John Surgery.
With the 27th pick in the 2023 draft, Dave Dombrowski and company chose third baseman Aidan Miller out of Florida. At just 19 years old, Miller played 20 games this season between the Florida Complex League and Low-A, finishing with a .303 batting average, an .804 OPS, and four stolen bases. He's currently the club's No. 4 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
The Phillies have hit on some impressive first-rounders in recent years. Just look at their picks in 2018 (Alec Bohm, 3rd overall) and 2019 (Bryson Stott, 14th overall), who played integral parts in the team's success this year.
They picked their current No.1 prospect, Andrew Painter, 13th overall in 2021, and their recent No. 2 prospect, Mick Abel, the year before. Their first-round pick in 2022, outfielder Justin Crawford, is their current No. 3 prospect.
The 2024 MLB Draft will take place in July 2024, in conjunction with MLB All-Star Game festivities in Arlington, Texas.