The Phillies have shown that they're not afraid to draft high school players with their late first round picks and they always hold athleticism and the ever popular "athleticism" in high regard. They're also on record that since they don't have as great of a chance of finding top talent, they'll likely draft the best available talent when they make the 27th overall pick in the draft.
Grab 'em if they're there
RHP Brandon Workman - University of Texas. Most experts have him going by the middle of the first round, but some believe he could slip into the twenties, although, falling to number 27 would be a major coup for the Phillies.
RHP Alex Wimmers - Ohio State. three strong pitches, that as a group are as good as any pitcher in the draft. Again, 27 would be a stretch, but not out of the question and if he would be there, he would be a nice addition for the Phillies.
Might just be there
RHP Asher Wojciechowski - The Citadel. A good hard fastball and strong mechanics that he repeats well.
RHP Zach Lee - McKinney (Texas) HS. Good pitcher, but looks like he may accept a scholarship to play QB for LSU. The Phillies have had some success in talking players out of a college career, so they might take a shot.
Falling into our range
RHP Jesse Hahn - Virginia Tech. Earlier in the season, he was considered a much higher pick, but was slowed by some arm soreness. He'll likely fall to the lower first round, but do the Phillies want to gamble a pick on him?
OF Gary Brown - Cal State Fullerton. One of those "toolsy" players that the Phillies have drafted in the past, but they can be an iffy proposition. Plus, he suffered a broken hand earlier in the season and you have to wonder what the effects might be.
C Justin O'Conner - Cowan (Indiana) HS. The Phillies love catchers with strong defensive skills and O'Conner is strong behind the plate, with a gun for an arm. He also has some power in his bat and hit .470 this season.
A bit of a stretch
LHP Sammy Solis- University of San Diego. Good, tall (6' 5") lefty power pitcher, but he has struggled with back problems this season.
OF Kyle Parker - Clemson. Starting QB for the Clemson Tigers and has a season of eligibility left. He's also got a powerful right-handed swing. Question is, just how much money will he want to give up his final season at Clemson?
Our best guess...
Justin O'Conner. Makes sense for a number of reasons, including the fact that the Phillies aren't afraid of high schoolers, they love defensive catchers and could use some more catching prospects in the organization.