06/11/09 5:59 PM ET
Local boys loom large in Phillies' Draft
Another Amaro among several Pennsylvania picks
By David Gurian-Peck / MLB.com
In the 40th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft (1,217th overall) on Thursday, Philadelphia selected Robert Amaro -- nephew of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and grandson of the GM's father, Ruben Amaro Sr., who won a Gold Glove Award in one of his six seasons with the club.
Robert Amaro, a 19-year-old third baseman out of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, will weigh his options, but likely attend the University of Virginia, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
His familial ties are unusual, to say the least, linking him to the only father-son playing combination in franchise history.
But his age and geographic proximity to Citizens Bank Park are more typical of the Phillies' approach to the Draft's final day.
Just one of the organization's first 30 selections hailed from the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic states: Joshua Zeid, a right-hander from Tulane University who grew up in Connecticut. In Thursday's last 20 rounds, though, the Phillies took five Pennsylvania natives, plus athletes from Delaware and Virginia.
Most were out of either high school (nine) or a junior/community college (three); only eight attended traditional four-year universities.
Phillies -- Top five selections
|75||CF||Kelly Dugan||Notre Dame HS|
|106||CF||Kyrell Hudson||Evergreen HS|
|137||2B||Adam Buschini||Cal Poly San Luis Obispo|
|167||LHP||Matthew Way||Washington St U|
|197||RHP||Steven Inch||Vauxhall HS|
|Complete Phillies Draft results >|
The Keystone State crowd includes Penn State University first baseman Cory Wine, who hit. 307 with five home runs and 41 RBIs in 2009; Emory University outfielder David Hissey, originally from West Chester, Pa., who hit .369 with 30 RBIs and 37 stolen bases; Frankford High School right fielder Wander Nunez; and Malvern Prep School left fielder Chris Gosik.
Catcher Phil Aviola, selected in the 35th round, grew up in Newark, Del., and just finished his senior year at Wilmington College, and 6-foot-4 lefty Matthew Laney, a 42nd rounder from Miami Dade Community College, was raised in Chester, Va.
Another notable pick is Texas A&M second baseman Brodie Greene, considered by "Baseball America" as one of the top players from Texas still on the board. Greene, a 37th-round pick, hit .344 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs for the Aggies this season.
Overall, the Phillies spread the positional wealth during Day 3, taking five right-handed pitchers, three left-handers, five outfielders, five infielders and two catchers.
David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.