The Phillies continue to work through their late round picks, having signed Nick Fanti this week. The newest addition is 34th round pick Canadian outfielder Ben Pelletier.
Outside of just being another player into the system, Pelletier will be one of the youngest players in pro-ball (at least until the July 2 group of this year gets into games next year) as he was born on August 22, 1998. He is the youngest player ever drafted. The reports are spotty, but there some report pointing to some good power potential (and at 6’2″ 190 there is run to fill in). We don’t really know what we have here, but the more lottery tickets you buy, the better your chance of winning.
This brings the Phillies to 30 draft signings. Jake Reppert has already retired giving 29 new players in the system. Joseph Lauria, Von Watson, Beau Brundage, Griffin Morandini, and Tom McCarthy Jr have already indicated in some way they won’t be signing. This leaves the available signing targets as OF Kyle Nowlin, OF Reggie Wilson, RHP Jacob Stevens, RHP Gabe Gonzalez, and RHP Malcolm Grady.
EDIT: It appears per a Canadian news article that Pelletier will actually be signing a 2016 contract with the Phillies. This means he will not participate in any games during the 2015 season. It appears he will be spending some time in the Phillies Clearwater complex in August before returning to Quebec for the winter. He will return to the Phillies in Florida in 2016.