With the Major League Baseball draft quickly approaching on Thursday, the Phillies are in a position to really strike gold. They currently hold the seventh overall pick, their highest selection since they took Gavin Floyd fourth overall in 2001. While there are certainly going to be impact players available with that pick, will the Phillies be able to find them? Recent history suggests the answer to that question is "no."
MLB.com's Todd Zolecki broke down the Phillies recent drafting struggles. Assistant general manager and scouting director Marti Wolever cited the team's run of success as one reason why the team was able to take risks on toolsy players with high upside. Well after years of swinging and missing with that strategy the Phillies can ill-afford to swing and miss again this year.
Zolecki points out just how bad the Phillies have been with drafting impact players,
Forty-six Phillies Draft picks have reached the big leagues over the previous 10 Drafts (2004-13), which ties for seventh-best in baseball. But the quality of those picks ranks last. According to Baseball Reference, the combined WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of Phillies Draft picks over the past 10 years is 20.7, which is a remarkable 24.6 points lower than the 29th ranked Blue Jays (45.3).
Here's hoping they can pull it together to get an influx of youth onto the field in just a few years.
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