Who Could The Phillies Draft With Top Pick If Not A Pitcher?
Thanks to their poor 2015 campaign, the Phillies own the number one overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft on June 9th. Before the 2016 season began the expectation was that either Barnegat High School's Jason Groome or A.J. Puk of Florida would be on the top of the list for the top pick. But with the Phillies' abundance of pitching in their farm system there is conjecture they will stay away from pitching with the top pick.
MLB.com Draft Expert Jonathan Mayo was a guest on The Sports Bash on Tuesday and detailed what hitting prospects the Phillies may be looking at to draft 1st overall pick:
"There are a couple college bats, Kyle Lewis from Mercer his name has come up quite a bit, there's Nick Senzel (from University of Tennessee) whose a Third Baseman. Lewis is an Outfielder that if you really like him you think he can stay in Center Field; if you just like him (fielding) a bit he's probably a corner Outfielder but still very good offensive tools. Nick Senzel is a Third Baseman who can really, really hit, advanced approach at the plate. Those are the two college guys mentioned the most, every once in a while Corey Ray (Outfielder) from Louisville comes up but I don't think he is really in (Phillies) plans. The one High School hitter whose name has sort of popped up recently is Mickey Moniak, he's a Center Fielder from Southern California. There is no question he is going to stick in Center Field, he can really run, he can really hit, started to show a little more power this Spring and that's why he's kind of moved up charts and the Phillies were running to see him."
Checkout Mayo's analysis after seeing Jason Groome pitch in Camden along with his thoughts on MLB Draft and why Baseball prospects are different than in other sports