The 2015 MLB draft continued yesterday, with the Phillies adding eight more players. Here's my quick take on each.
Round 03 Luke Williams, SS, Dana Hills HS (CA) - Can't believe he was still on the board here Round 04 Kyle Martin, 1B, South Carolina - Certified. Banger. Round 05 Bailey Falter, LHP, Chino Hills HS (CA) - Notes from scouting trips to see him are glowing; really like this pick Round 06 Tyler Gilbert, LHP, USC - Definite MLB starter, likely impact player Round 07 Luke Leftwich, RHP, Wofford - I had a second or third round grade on him Round 08 Greg Pickett, OF, Legend HS (CO) - Reminds me of Kirby Puckett Round 09 Mark Laird, CF, LSU - Geaux-ing to be a good one Round 10 Josh Tobias, 3B, Florida - No reason to suspect he won't be a stud
Looked like a solid day for the Fightins! Let's hope it continues for the later rounds.
Phils, in my unbiased opinion, came out as the clear winners of the
2015 draft’s first night. Let’s take a look at who they selected!
Round 1, Pick 10: Cornelius Randolph (SS)
As I noted when the pick was made, I had Randolph ranked much higher than 10. The kid is a sure-fire stud banger. Many call him the top bat in high school baseball, which my in-depth (subscription-only) scouting services definitely corroborate. It’s hard not to get excited thinking about a lineup in which Randolph is following the speedy Roman Quinn and future perennial MVP J.P. Crawford (with defending-former-perennial-MVP Maikel Franco behind him). Randolph will move to left field or third base or something who cares he’s going to hit .348 every year.
Round 2, Pick 48: Scott Kingery (2B)
Kingery attended the same school as Damon Stoudamire, the University of Arizona*, where he shined as a sophomore with a .354 batting average and .456 on-base percentage. After the season, he went up to the Cape Cod League and hit .312 with a wood bat. Yup, you read that right: another certified stud banger. Once Chase Utley decides to retire and become governor of California, CEO of Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN), or the Phils next manager Kingery should be ready to step right in and dominate.
* Editor's note: under no circumstances should anyone ever intentionally leave college in Arizona. The only exception to this guidance is being drafted into a professional sports league that will afford you the same lifestyle
The draft goes on for like the next nine days and I’m sure we’ll continue to rack up a bunch of stars. Keep it locked on zoowithroy.com- the world’s foremost bolg about wanting and having gone to the zoo with Roy Halladay-- for updates!
Happy fifth anniversary of HLHIII's perfect game!!! Since today is a special occasion- and I'm prone to sentimentality- I broke out the old MS Paint brush and made a little something to commemorate our hero breaking 27 faces without blemish on May 29th, 2010. I hope it makes you happy.
Heading into last night’s NBA Draft Lottery, the primary concern among Sixers Nation was the team’s potentially losing their “slotted” position in the top three of the draft. All of the #OneSixEleven stuff was fun, but more the talk of dreams than that of plans.
So here we are. The Sixers select third, and that’s a win. Who they select will be based on a host of factors, one of the primary of those being current roster construction (and hence need). Let’s take a look at where the team stands and see if we can surmise where Sam Hinkie and his staff could be looking.
Ish Smith - A late season pickup, Smith was arguably one of the best point guards in the Eastern Conference this spring. Now I know that the sample size is small, and many of the teams the Sixers were playing were tanking, but Smith looks to be a player. I can see him serving as the backup point guard on a championship caliber team.