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06/09/05 1:03 AM ET
Phillies pleased with Draft results
Of club's 49 selections, 27 are from college ranks
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies wasted no time sending Mike Costanzo on his way through the organization, inking their top pick less than 24 hours after selecting him. Just 48 to go. Day 2 was equally busy for the Phillies, as the draft specialists completed the 50-round draft that spanned from Justin Upton to Blake Heym. The afternoon included a family moment as well, when pitching coach Rich Dubee's son Michael was selected 952nd overall by Kansas City. The Phillies leaned slightly on younger talent on Day 2, taking 17 of 32 players from high schools. Overall, 27 of 49 picks were college players, but 12 of them came on the first day. The Phillies took some chances with their first two Wednesday selections: Gregory Huff and Vance Worley in Rounds 19 and 20, respectively. Both are coming off arm injuries and both are considered tough signs, but director of ccouting Marti Wolever likes Philadelphia's chances. "Huff was a [junior college] kid who hurt his arm late," said Wolever. "We had him projected in the first three rounds but a lot of teams backed off of him. He's going to UCLA, but we took a flier. Worley was projected for the first three rounds until he hurt his elbow." I always think we have a chance to sign these guys. We work hard and I think we have a chance." Philadelphia added 17 pitchers on the second day, giving them 25 total. Of the 24 position players, the Phillies selected 12 infielders, eight outfielders and four catchers. "You have to have a healthy balance," Wolever said.Wolever has a few favorites that he feels could develop, notably Berkeley High School third baseman Michael Durant, a fourth-round pick. "He's about 6-5 and he looks like Ryan Howard, except he hits from the right side," Wolever said. "He plays third and first base." Wolever was also excited to nab a pair of college southpaws in Matthew Maloney (third round, University of Mississippi), and Davis Blaine (sixth round, University of San Diego). In high school outfielder Jermaine Williams (Los Angeles High School), Wolever feels the organization selected a raw talent with a high ceiling. "He's got a chance to be something very special if it all comes together for him," Wolever said. "He's very signable, and we hope to get that done fairly soon." Last year, the Phillies addressed a weakness by selecting three catchers in the top 10 rounds. They chose one this year, James Gosewisch, out of Arizona State University, in the 11th round.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.