• Phillies DRAFT notes

    The MLB 1st-year player draft started Thursday night – the Phillies have 4 picks in the top 100. Here are their first two picks from the opening night of the draft, with comments from mlb.com:

    Pick #16 – J.P. Crawford, Lakewood (CA) HS shortstop – 18-years-old; 6’2″, 180

    mlb.com describes him as one of  “the top high school middle infielders in the country in this (draft) class … has a plus arm & easy, flowing motions defensively … Crawford’s stock slipped a bit this spring as some scouts questioned his hitting tools … how high he goes in the draft may depend on how much teams feel his bat will come, though it’s fairly certain someone will take the chance in helping him develop given his outstanding defensive skills up the middle.”

    Pick #53 – Andrew Knapp, U. of California catcher – 21-years-old; 6-1, 192

    mlb.com:  “the switch-hitting Knapp … has a lot of work to do defensively behind the plate, though he does have a solid arm (he played first and the outfield for his first two years at Cal) … Knapp has the chance to hit for average and power. The team that feels his defense will improve with more time behind the plate and some patience will likely take him early in the hopes he can be a solid offensive-minded backstop.”