MLB.com's Todd Zolecki wrote today about the Phillies quest to try and turn around their draft luck. Assistant general manager and scouting director Marti Wolever spoke of the team's draft strategy but Zolecki spoke to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. about the past drafts. One of the responses is just mind-numbing.
This year, it's a little easier to target. When you're at seven, as opposed to be being at 17 and 30, you just don't have any idea who to scout. You don't have any idea of who's going to be there in those spots.
Seriously, the Phillies employ 16 area amateur scouts plus another four regional scouting supervisors in addition to the amateur scouting director (Rob Holiday) and two amateur scouting coordinators (Mike Ledna and Bill Moore). Also, the man who runs the draft - Marti Wolever. That's 24 people who are involved in amateur scouting and not including the 17 who deal exclusively with international scouting.
Of the 24 people, they cannot figure out who to scout when they select 17th overall? I cannot fathom that. Even if it was inaccurate, the fact that statement was uttered by the team general manager is a problem in itself. That's just an asinine remark and that means, on some level, he believes what he just said.
I guess I shouldn't be that surprised he said that considering this is the same man who believed the Phillies are "built to win."
Hopefully the Phillies brain-trust was able to figure out who to scout for their pick at seventh overall tonight.
(h/t John Stolnis)
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