Phils Have 22 of 48 Draft Picks Signed

Getting top draft picks signed and onto one of the short-season rosters as quickly as possible is always a top priority. The Phillies have signed almost half of their draft picks, but the majority of them came in the bottom half of the draft. The Phillies are still hoping to sign up their top picks sooner rather than later.

For the Phillies top pick (even though it was in the third round), his days and nights are taken up lately with the College World Series. Tim Moss and his University of Texas teammates still have their college team to worry about. Moss and his buddies bumped off Miami, to advance to play Rice in the CWS. It's not surprising that Moss hasn't turned his attention to Batavia or the Gulf Coast League just yet.

The Phillies other top picks remain mostly unsigned. Their only picks in the top ten rounds to have signed are Matt Linder (8th), Jason Crosland (9th) and Matt Hopper (10).

Mark Tugwell (22nd) and Justin Foust (24th) made their professional debuts with Batavia Tuesday night and each picked up hits in Batavia's loss to Mahoning Valley. Joe Brunink (15th) and Jose Cortez (14th) also debuted as position players for Batavia.

On the mound, Caleb McConnell (21st) and Dan Hodges (26th) each pitched two innings, with McConnell getting touched for one run, while Hodges didn't allow a run and struck out three hitters.

Batavia's roster also features pitchers Joe Diefenderfer (19th), C.J. Woodrow (25th), Brad Overton (27th), Justin Cerrato (29th), Matt Padilla (31st), Justin Libey (33rd) and Jason Pritchard (35th). Catcher and infielder Justin Riley (34th) is also on the Muck Dogs roster.

The Phillies have assigned third baseman Jason Crosland (9th), shortstop Ryan Harris (30th), outfielder Jesse Torborg (37th) and pitchers Joe Wilson (13th) and Nate Cabrera (16th) to the Gulf Coast League Phillies. The Gulf Coast League schedule opens Thursday.


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