2004 MLB Draft Update: Rounds 1-5

The Phillies did basically what was expected and went for power and catching in the first two rounds of the 2004 Draft. The Phillies took slugger Greg Golson in the first round and catcher Jason Jaramillo in round number two. They also took a high school catcher, Louis Marson, in the fourth round. For pitching, the Phillies grabbed Northwestern University Junior James Happ in the third round.

1. Greg Golson, OF, John Connally HS (Austin, TX)
The Phillies are in need of some power hitters and Golson fits the bill.

Golson hit .515 with four homeruns and 26 RBI in his senior year of high school. Golson also stole 18 bases.

Golson is basically a five tool player. At the top of the list of his skills is his well above average speed. Golson also has the ability to hit for power and average.

Defensively, Golson is very solid and has a strong arm. Golson missed six games with a strained right hamstring and hasn¹t been at 100 percent for much of the spring, but still played well.

Golson had signed with the University of Texas, but has also said that he would not attend college if he was picked in the first round of the draft.

2. Jason Jaramillo, C, Oklahoma State University
The first of what may be a number of catchers that the Phillies will select on the first day of the draft. Actually, it's the second time that the Phillies have drafted Jaramillo, who they selected out of high school in the 39th round of the 2001 Draft.

Jaramillo hit .352 with five homeruns in his junior season at Oklahoma State University this season.

Jaramillo has a strong and very accurate arm with a quick release that he used effectively to control base runners. Jaramillo is strong defensively behind the plate and saved Oklahoma pitchers a number of wild pitches. Some scouts believe that Jaramillo might be the best defensive catcher in the draft.

Offensively, the switch-hitting Jaramillo shows some strong skills from both sides of the plate. Most scouts believe that he'll adapt to wood bats well and should develop slightly above average power.

Jaramillo's three-year totals at OSU include a .359 batting average, 38 doubles, 20 homers and 116 RBI.

3. James Happ, LHP, Northwestern University
Even though the Phillies minor league system is stocked with pitchers, you can never have enough pitching. The Phillies went to the college ranks for James Happ from Northwestern.

Happ is the big, powerful type of pitcher that the Phillies love. At 6' 6" and 205 pounds, Happ gives the Phillies a left-handed power pitcher that they believe was overlooked.

Happ shows a lot of poise on the mound and had a strong Cape Cod League season last summer. In the college season, Happ pursued Northwestern's season and career strikeout records. By the end of the season, Happ led the Big 10 Conference with 96 strikeouts.

Happ's fastball is in the high 80s right now, but with some work, scouts believe he can push it a few more miles per hour. He's got a good delivery mechanically and he knows how to work hitters. Right now, Happ's curveball is slightly above average, but his changeup is going to need some work.

4. Louis Marson, C, Coronado HS (Arizona)
While the Phillies will likely put Jaramillo on the fast track, Marson will take a little more work.

Marson has the basic skills, but he is young and will need some time to develop.

5. Andrew Baldwin, RHP, Oregon State University
Baldwin is another of those big and powerful pitchers. At 6' 5", 210 pounds, the right-hander has plenty of size.

Baldwin's 2003 season was a bust, going 3-1, 6.82 with four saves. Baldwin pitched primarily as a starter in 2004 and fared only slightly better, going 5-5, 5.10.

The Phillies believe that there is some raw talent in Baldwin, but they may have their work cut out for them.

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