MLB Draft Update: Rounds 11-18

What do the Phillies know about Biola University that other teams don't? The Phillies took two players from Biola - half of the Biola infield, actually - as day one of the MLB Draft continued. The other news in the later rounds of the day was that the Phillies put a run on left-handed pitchers, especially college pitchers. After going for position players early, it was clear that the Phillies were looking for pitching help in the last portion of the day.

11. Carl Galloway, 1B, Biola University
If the fact that Galloway's favorite book is The Art of Hitting by Tony Gwynn is any indication, then the Phillies found a pretty good player in round 11.

For the second season in a row, Galloway was elected as an NAIA All-American, hitting .350 at Biola. Galloway has a good eye at the plate and the discipline to lay off the bad pitches.

The Phillies already have a couple good, young first basemen who are also power hitters - Galloway hit 19 homeruns in 2004 - but another won't hurt. It might also signal that the Phillies will consider including one of the other first basemen (Ryan Howard or Ryan Barthelemy) in a package deal to help the major league club.

12. Joseph Bisenius, RHP, Oklahoma City University
Bisenius shows a lot of potential and already has a decent fastball and slider. Galloway's delivery is a little unorthodox and keeps hitters from getting a real good look at him.

As with most pitchers that the Phillies will draft, Bisenius is tall and strong (6' 5", 210) and the Phillies believe that he will be able to put a little more velocity on his fastball as he develops.

13. James Adkins, LHP, Wilson Central HS (Tennessee)
The Phillies have a bit of a project in Adkins. His mechanics are going to need a little work, but he has been able to get his fastball close to the 90 mile per hour mark consistently even with the flaws. Scouts believe that if you do get him straightened out, he will be well worth the work that a team will have to put into him.

The Phillies drafted Adkins out of high school in 2001 and kept an eye on him.

14. Jason Martinez, LHP, Mesa State College
Martinez is no stranger to the draft. The Phillies drafted him in the 39th round of the 2000 Draft and the Rockies took him in the last round of the 2001 Draft.

Went 11-5, 4.42 with three complete games in 2004 for the Mavericks. Martinez struck out 99 in 91 2/3 innings and is second on the Mavericks list of strikeouts in a game with 14, which he did during the 2003 season.

At 5' 11", Martinez is one of the smallest pitchers the Phillies will draft.

15. Zachary Cline, LHP, West Virginia University
Cline has a powerful build and reminds some scouts of Al Leiter, at least physically. Cline already has a good curveball that he can throw for strikes and he relies a lot on location.

For now, Cline's velocity is just average, but he mixes in a good changeup, which he can also throw for strikes.

16. Kyle Allen, LHP, Lewis & Clark State College
Kyle Allen is a deceptive type of pitcher who mixes his pitches well and keeps hitters off stride. For now, his outpitch is the curveball, which he rarely throws anywhere from the middle of the zone and up. Hitters tend to try to pull his curve resulting in a lot of ground balls.

Allen has good mechanics and knows how to pitch. His velocity isn't overpowering, but it gets better and he has excellent movement on his fastball.

17. Ryan Frith, RF, University of Southern Mississippi
At 6' 2", 185 pounds, the Phillies are hoping that Frith will fill out a little more. He has some natural power, but if he can put on some muscle, he could develop into a true power hitter. Frith is already dangerous if he gets to extend his arms on a pitch.

The real upside to Frith is that he is willing to learn and is extremely coachable. He's ready and willing; the able part will likely come before too long.

Defensively, he's adequate. He has good skills, but doesn't always get a good jump on balls hit to his area. His arm is average.

18. Greg Isaacson, 2B, University of Washington
Isaacson is an exceptional second baseman with great range. Very few balls get past him and his arm is accurate enough to finish the play.

Offensively, Isaacson has some power, but is basically an on-base kind of hitter. You might compare him to Marlon Anderson with much better defensive skills and a better natural feel for the game. Isaacson is also an athletic kind of player, who also starred in basketball and golf.

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