MLB Draft: Day Two Recap

While the big names and the most likely future major league stars were taken on the first day of the draft, there can always be some surprises on day two. The Phillies continued to stock their minor league system with names, going for a lot more position players in the later rounds. The Phillies found their lefthanded pitchers on the first day of the draft and stuck to all righthanders on day two.

Trying to guess which of the second day picks will become stars is nearly impossible. The Phillies have hopes that a number of the players they selected will develop and help the major league team down the road. On day two, the Phillies took 11 pitchers and 21 position players.

The Phillies have high hopes for some of their lower round picks.

In the twenty-second round, the Phillies grabbed Anthony Buffone, who hails originally from Manalapan, New Jersey. Buffone played for the University of Maryland and has plenty of power, a strong arm and the defensive skills to play just about anywhere. Buffone played the corner outfield positions in college and it's likely that the Phillies will keep him in the outfield.

The Phils found a switch-hitting second baseman in Andy Romine. Romine, out of Trabuco Hills High School in California, has good, solid skills. He's made a verbal commitment to Arizona State, but signing with the Phillies isn't out of the question. Romine also has a strong enough arm and is quick enough defensively that he could move to second base should the Phillies decide to do so. He is the son of former major leaguer Kevin Romine, making him the second son of a major leaguer that the Phillies drafted, following Sean Gamble.

The Phillies addressed the power issue with high schooler Lucas Miranda. A third baseman out of Ferndale Union High School in California, Miranda may be one of the most powerful high school players to come through the draft in a long time. This is a kid who was just born with raw power and is one of the lower round picks to watch.

A couple other position players that the Phillies selected are going to be tough signs. Catcher Esteban Lopez has a scholarship to the University of Hawaii and it will be tough to get him to drop that plan. The Phillies took him in the 48th round, so they didn't invest a lot in taking him and if he does sign, it gives them another catcher to groom. Outfielder Steve Marquardt is also likely to not sign with the Phillies. Marquardt is likely headed to the University of Washington and is pretty well set on that decision. Had he given any indications that he would change his mind, teams would have likely jumped on him much earlier. Marquardt has above avergae power and natural baseball skills. He also pitched in high school and has a curveball that was really beginning to click late in the year.

Of course, in any draft, you're looking for the pitching that you need to help you down the road. The Phillies stock-piled some pitching on day one and most of them were lefties. Day two, they concentrated on the righties.

Jacob Barrack from Pepperdine was the Phillies first selection of the day. Barrack was a first team All-West Coast Conference selection this season, going 8-5, 3.91 for the Waves. He reached career highs in innings pitched (115) and strikeouts (107) during the 2004 season. Overall in his college career, Barrack was 25-11, 3.86 with 262 strikeouts.

Kevin Rose out of the University of San Francisco was somewhat inconsistent in his college career. When he was on though, he could pitch lights out at times. He's got a decent changeup and good movement on his pitches, so he is worth watching.

Clary Carlsen, out of the University of Hawaii, was taken in the 33rd round. He's got excellent movement on his pitches, keeps the ball down and isn't afraid to pitch inside. If he was willing to work inside against aluminum bats, imagine what he might do when hitters lose that weapon.

Overall, the Phillies selected fifty players: 29 position players and 21 pitchers. They took 27 college players, 19 high schoolers and four players from junior colleges. Now, comes the hard part; signing as many as they can as quickly as they can.

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