Phils Focus: Infield, Pitching on Day One of Draft

The year was 1993. The Phillies would wind up in the World Series, but in June, they tabbed a young third baseman named Scott Rolen in the second round of the draft. Now, 12 years later, they look to add another strong hot corner candidate by drafting Mike Costanzo, who grew up in the Phillies' backyard.

Mike Costanzo starred at Archbishop Carroll in Springfield before heading on to a successful college career at Coastal Carolina. Now, he hopes to return to Philly one day as the Phillies starting third baseman.

"We've seen him quite a bit, and liked him since we've seen him," said Phillies director of scouting Marti Wolever. Costanzo impressed the Phillies by twice being the conference player of the year in college.

Costanzo is a left-handed hitter who hit .379 with 16 homeruns in his junior season at Carolina Coastal. He is also known for having good plate discipline and drew more walks (68) than he had strikeouts (65) this past season.

If for some reason, Costanzo can't make it as a third baseman, he could always fall back on pitching. He was 8-1, 2.13 this season and struck out 69 in 55 innings.

The Phillies spent a good chunk of the first day of the draft going after pitching and infielders to make up the Phillies of the future.

Round 1: No Pick
Round 2: Mike Costanzo - 3B - Coastal Carolina
Costanzo was the first Coastal player in school history to be selected a First Team All-American (by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper). He led Coastal in batting average (.379), hits (91), runs (74), home runs (16), slugging percentage (.658), on-base percentage (.525) and walks (68). He also led the Big South in batting average, runs scored, on-base percentage and walks. Costanzo was named the Big South Player of the Year for the second straight season and became the first player in Big South history to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons. He also earned first team all-conference honors as both a pitcher and a first baseman, the first player to earn that honor in the Big South. From
Round 3: Matt Maloney - LHP - University of Mississippi
Maloney, a southpaw from Huron, Ohio, and Manatee Junior College, has made huge strides since his sophomore season at Ole Miss, as he currently boasts an 8-2 record with a 3.14 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 97 1/3 innings pitched. He earned four saves out of the bullpen before working his way into the weekend starting rotation mid-way through this season. from
Round 4: Mike Durant - 3B/1B - Berkeley (Calif) HS
Durant hit .435 with 11 homeruns this season for Berkeley. At 6' 5" and 230 pounds, it's surprising how well Durant can move around the bag to play defense. He also showed decent speed on the bases. Most scouts believe that his power will only increase as he matures.
Round 5: Brett Harker - RHP - College of Charleston
Harker, a junior, was 5-0 in 2005 with a school-record 15 saves and a 2.27 ERA. Harker, from Greenville, S.C., has a Southern Conference record-tying 29 career saves. Harker, the 157th player selected overall, was named the 2005 Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year by the league's head coaches. From
Round 6: Justin Blaine - LHP - University of San Diego
Blaine, who ranks eighth all-time at USD with 216 strikeouts, has been essential in San Diego's string of six consecutive 30-win seasons. In 2003 Blaine helped San Diego win the West Coast Conference Championship and advance into the NCAA Regionals. He becomes the highest USD player to be selected since Torero slugger Greg Sain was taken in the fifth round by the San Diego Padres in 2001.

An outstanding student athlete, Blaine needed just three years to graduate from the USD School of Business. He has twice earned All-WCC Academic Team honors, while also being named a 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. From
Round 7: Jermaine Williams - OF - Los Angeles (Calif) HS
Round 8: Jeremy Slayden - OF - Georgia Tech
Slayden is batting .361 with a team-leading 13 home runs in 2005 and ranks eighth in school history with 40 career home runs. Slayden was drafted for the third time in his career, after being selected in the 20th round by the San Diego Padres in 2002 and in the 18th round by the Oakland Athletics in 2004. From
Round 9: Clay Harris - 2B - Louisiana State
Became a regular in the LSU lineup in 2003 when he was their starting first baseman. He played at third in 2004 and moved to third base this past season. He's got a good amount of raw power and could develop pretty quickly after getting a good amount of playing time in college.
Round 10: Josh Outman - LHP - Central Missouri State
Played both outfield and was a pitcher for CMSU. Was a first team All-American at St.Louis Community College in 2004.
Round 11: James Gosewisch - C - Arizona State
Round 12: Michael Zagurski - LHP - University of Kansas
Round 13: Matthew Olson - RHP - Western Branch (VA) HS
Round 14: Aja Barto - RF - Stratford (TX) HS
Round 15: Pasquale Antoniato - SS - St.John's University
Round 16: Matthew Edwards - 1B - Notre Dame
Round 17: Ronald Hill - RHP - University of North Carolina (Wilmington)
Round 18: Darren Byrd - RHP - Pine Forest (FL) High School

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