Phillies take Josh Tobias in the Tenth Round 2015 MLB Draft

 

Tobias is a senior sign out of the University of Florida, but much like Martin earlier he isn’t going to come for nothing.  Tobias has some some major league upside if he can build on his senior season.  He has enough versatility that he could fill some sort of utility role going forward.

BA Pre-Draft Report (#139 Overall)

Tobias was drafted in the 31st round by the Nationals in 2011 when he was coming out of a North Carolina high school, but went on to Florida, where he was named to the SEC All-Freshman team the next year. He battled injuries and wasn’t as consistent in the next two seasons, going undrafted last year. He’s bounced back in 2015 and has become one of the best seniors in the country. Tobias has returned to switch-hitting this season to great success. He led the Gators in several offensive categories in the regular season, including batting average (.366) and OPS (1.004). He has a contact-oriented approach and makes the most of his average speed. Tobias isn’t the smoothest defender at third base, but has gotten the job done and nearly went the whole season without making an error. He’s moved around the infield some during his career and provides good versatility. His best other spot is second base and he has some similarities to Josh Harrison. Tobias doesn’t have the loudest tools, but he’ll provide a team good value in this year’s draft as an offensive infielder.

Minor League Ball Pre-Draft:

Senior, switch-hitter, just 5-9 but has some power and athleticism, very reliable defense, hit .375/.448/.563 with 11 steals. Lacks range for shortstop but can handle second or third, good senior budget choice. Target Territory: Fifth round.

 

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman
Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.