Today MLB.com released their first go at a top 50 for the 2015 MLB draft. As most of you know, it is way too early to be slotting guys in to their final roles and draft places, but it is nice list to start getting used to some names. Some guys will rise and some will fall. You can find the whole list here and it is well worth skimming through and at least knowing whether the guy is in HS or college and what position they play. Don’t get hung up or attached to the order.
In addition to the list of 50 names, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo did a pick by pick mock of the first 10 picks and with the Phillies at #10, they sneak on to the list. Here is the full article.
Callis – Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS (Concord, Calif.)
Philadelphia has revamped its scouting department, so maybe it won’t be as ceiling-focused as it has been previously. Nevertheless, a 6-foot-7 lefty who already can reach the upper 90s with the promise of more velocity to come will be hard to pass up.
Mayo – Daz Cameron, OF, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy
There are teams that like toolsy players that will undoubtedly be interested in Mike Cameron’s son. Daz can do a little bit of everything, at a premium position. It’s hard to imagine his skills and his bloodlines falling too much beyond this spot.
I am not going to argue with the players themselves. Hooper is a guy with insane upside and stuff, but the risk right now is astronomical, he is a guy who could end up top 5 or at the bottom of the first round depending on what he shows this year. Cameron at #10 seems fair value, I don’t think he is as toolsy as the reputation, but the collection of skills makes him super intriguing.
What I take offense to is the Phillies like toolsy players, give them toolsy players. The past two first round picks were not no skill toolsy players in J.P. Crawford and Aaron Nola. The 2014 draft saw them take 9 college players in first 10 picks and only sign one HS player. They also fired their scouting director and hired a guy from outside who is preaching best player available. If you know right now what the Phillies are doing in the 2015 draft you are lying. My guess right now is college pitcher because there are some good ones early in the draft, but last year they were hot on Nick Gordon while Crawford was breaking out, so who knows.
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