Friday, June 7, 2013

MLB DRAFT: Phillies select a shortstop

MILWAUKEE – The last time the Phillies had a pick as high as No. 16 in MLB’s June amateur draft, they took pitcher Gavin Floyd with the fourth overall selection in 2001.

The Phils have become staunchly prep-centric with their top picks in drafts over the last decade, particular as it pertains to position players. That has not done them much good in that time. The last high-school position player taken in the first five rounds that amounted to anything was this little shortstop from Enicinal High in California named Jimmy Rollins. That was in 1996 – 17 years ago.

Maybe the Phillies are like the cicadas of the draft and pluck a winning shortstop high in the draft once every 17 years. They certainly hope J.C. Crawford works out that way. They are desperate for some serious position-player prospects.

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