6/8/2013 1:34 A.M. ET
Phils' choice Hernandez looks to make P.R. proud
By Paul Hagen / MLB.com
A year ago, Carlos Correa represented Puerto Rico well as the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. Jan Hernandez, another shortstop, may have been taken a bit later, but he has the chance to do his home island proud, too.
Hernandez is already strong and well built, and he may well add strength as he matures. He has good bat speed and should have good power in the future. He has good hands and a strong arm, but some think his range might necessitate a move to third in the future.
With his offensive potential and his confidence in the field, he might profile well at the hot corner down the road.
Last season, with Correa manning shortstop in Puerto Rico, Hernandez spent some time at third base, and his plus arm and solid reaction skills suited him well there.
Offensively, he's received plenty of praise -- enough that some consider him to be a middle-of-the-order threat in the future. His power potential is high, but questions persist about his ability to hit for average.
Phils select two-sport star Sandberg in third round
The Phillies continued to follow through on their stated commitment to add bats to the organization during the second day of the First-Year Player Draft
Six of their first seven picks Friday were position players, headed by their two third-round selections: Center fielder Cord Sandberg from Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla. (89th overall) and shortstop Jan Hernandez from the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico (96th). That came after they took shortstop J.P. Crawford and catcher Andrew Knapp in the first two rounds Thursday.
Overall, three of their first 11 selections were pitchers, all from college programs: Oregon State left-hander Ben Wetzler (fifth round), Oklahoma Southwestern University right-hander Shane Martin (ninth) and Seton Hall right-hander Jon Prosinski (10th).
Sandberg is seen as a five-tool player who might have been drafted much higher. Some teams may have been concerned that he has been recruited to play quarterback at Mississippi State after leading his team to 39 wins and a state championship in three years.
"I think he slipped a little bit because of that, but I don't think he had a great senior season," assistant general manager Marti Wolever said. "I thought it was all right. The last tournament where they bring a lot of the seniors together, he did OK, but nothing spectacular. So if you combine all that, it kind of leads to you to where we were at the Draft."
Sandberg's hometown paper, the Bradenton Herald, reported almost immediately that he had agreed to an above-slot $775,000 signing bonus plus a college package if he decides to go to college.
Without confirming or denying the story, Wolever said that if they did go above slot for Sandberg, it wouldn't create a money issue signing the rest of the team's picks.
"I don't think that's an issue," he said. "We've monitored the pool and what we have to spend throughout the Draft, so we anticipate being able to go ahead and be very aggressive and try to get that done."
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Sandberg batted .418 his senior year.
"He's a super athlete," Manatee head baseball coach Dwayne Strong told Baseball America. "He's one of the better guys I've coached in 25 years of coaching. He's got a pretty good toolset."
Sandberg's father, Chuck, was a first baseman at Florida who was drafted in the ninth round by the Red Sox in 1979. He played three years in the Minors before his career was ended by a knee injury.
Overall, Wolever said he's satisfied with how the Draft has progressed so far.
"It was fairly deep on the pitching board and not so deep on the offensive board," he said. "So we tried to really focus on [offense] early and get what we could and go from there. It just fell into place for us and we felt really good about it."
Day 3 of the Draft continues with Rounds 11-40 streamed live on MLB.com on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. ET.
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In the Pipeline
With an aging nucleus in the big leagues and most of their best prospects in the lower Minors, the Phillies were well aware that they would have to start stockpiling some players who may be closer to being ready to make a contribution at the Major League level.
That philosophy was clear even though the first five picks were all high school players. The Phillies final six picks, including all three pitchers they've selected so far, are college players. It's interesting that two of the first four picks were shortstops, although Hernandez could end up at third base. Jimmy Rollins is 34 years old. He has one more year plus an option for 2015 on his contract.
Two-sport star Sweaney drafted by Phillies
On Friday, Jake Sweaney was the second catcher the Phillies took in their first five picks after selecting Andrew Knapp in the second round on Thursday.
Sweaney is a two-sport star, having caught 14 touchdown passes as a wide receiver and picked off six passes as a defensive back for Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield, Calif. Football kept him from attending many showcase events this summer, but he impressed scouts who watched him this spring.
Per MLB.com's scouting report: "He is still learning behind the plate, but between his athleticism and strong arm, he has the tools to become a solid defender. Sweaney has a compact swing and a chance to develop more power as he begins to focus on baseball and fills out his 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. He is committed to Oregon."
Phils select consistent Wetzler at No. 151
Ben Wetzler, taken at No. 151, has been a mainstay of Oregon State's rotation for three years and has put together a consistent track record of success in the Pac-12. He succeeds without dominating stuff, but he earns high marks for his command and pitchability.
Wetzler's fastball sits at around 90 mph, with good movement. He also throws a slider and a changeup. He isn't afraid to attack hitters and shows good poise on the mound.
Wetzler missed a few weeks early this season with a back strain and it took him a while to rebuild his strength, but he has looked healthy over the last two months.
Monda picked by Phillies at No. 181
Jason Monda, taken at No. 181, is a college outfielder who hits for average and should add power down the line.
Monda, out of Washington State, has shown that he can handle center field, but as he fills out, he might have to move to a corner, a place where his glove could be a plus. He has average speed on the basepaths but possesses great instincts that allow his speed to play up.
If the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Monda can add power, he could become a solid everyday player in the Majors.
The Rockies selected Monda in the 32nd round of the 2010 Draft, but he opted to play for Washington State instead of signing a pro contract.
This year for the Cougars, he batted .294 in 54 games. He had seven home runs and 40 RBIs but walked just five times in 211 at-bats.
As a sophomore in 2012, Monda batted .275 with a home run and 18 RBIs in 53 games.
Impressed with instincts, Phils pick Williams
Trey Williams' father, Eddie, played 10 seasons in the Majors from 1986-98. Williams' baseball instincts, as is often the case with the sons of former players, have been honed particularly well, and they paid off with a pick at No. 211.
The freshman out of College of the Canyons Community College had a chance to follow his father's footsteps immediately after high school. As a senior at Valencia High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., he was named to the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports All-State First Team after finishing his season with a .378 batting average and .541 on-base percentage. He was projected as a first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, but he fell to the Cardinals' 11th-round pick and ultimately didn't sign.
Instead, he stayed close to home for a year of college, decommitting from Pepperdine University to maintain eligibility for this year's Draft. Had he accepted his scholarship to Pepperdine, Williams wouldn't have been eligible until 2015. In 35 games for Canyons this season, he hit .324 with six home runs and 26 RBIs.
He's big and strong and has shown a solid approach at the plate, one that should allow him to hit for some average and plenty of power. He has a very strong arm and good enough hands to stay at the hot corner.
Phils get a Big Ten star in Parr
You could say that baseball runs in the Justin Parr's family. His twin brother, Jordan, is an Illini teammate and older brother Josh plays in the D-backs organization.
Justin, taken with the 241st overall pick on Friday, was the Big Ten Player of the Year after leading the conference with a .399 average (third in all of Division I) and 51 RBIs. He also had a school-record 33-game hitting streak and is a semifinalist for USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award.
The left-handed hitter stands 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds and, as a senior, should be signable.
Phillies seek relief with pick of Martin
It's unusual for Major League teams to draft pitchers who were relievers in high school or college, but the Phillies saw something they liked in Shane Martin and took him with pick No. 271.
Martin, a senior, went 11-2 out of the bullpen with a 2.85 ERA. He was a 2013 second team Division II All-Central Region selection by the National College Baseball Writers Association.
His favorite player is Giants right-hander Matt Cain.
Phillies close out Day 2 selecting Prosinski
The Phillies selected right-handed pitcher Jon Prosinski out of Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He was Philadelphia's final selection, 301st overall, on Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Prosinski is clearly ready to begin the next chapter of his baseball life. "I have the best support system anyone could ask for. Too many people to thank and I'm beyond excited to be part of the Phillies organization," he tweeted Friday night.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior was named to the All Big East first team for the second straight season and was voted the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Pitcher of the Year. This season he was 7-4 with a 2.58 earned run average while allowing 91 hits in 108 innings.
One of the best pitchers in Seton Hall history, he holds the school career record for starts (57), innings pitched (372 2/3) and is second all-time in wins (26).
Paul Hagen is a reporter or MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.