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2008 Draft: Second Pick Is Collier

With their second pick — in the sandwich round — the Phillies selected Zach Collier, a California prep outfielder.

Collier is 6’2″ and 185 pounds. He hits and throws left-handed. According to MiLB.com, Collier is a toolsy outfielder with much better pop and hitting capability than Hewitt. He seems to be about four years from making a Major League impact, but he projects as such and could’ve been a top-15 pick. He isn’t as fast as Hewitt but can develop into a nice baserunner. Good fielding and arm skills make him a projected center fielder.

So the Phils are definitely going the way of the Greg Golsons and Dom Browns. They sure love their high-tool players, athletic specimens with uncertain projectability. Collier was thought to be their first pick, so it’s actually a good pick. Taken in the context of getting Hewitt first, however, the pick isn’t that awesome. They now have two tools-heavy probable outfielders in their first two picks. No sure things, either.

There are plenty of picks left here for the Phils early in the draft. Hopefully they start taking players who aren’t big projects. But as of right now, the draft figures to be somewhere around a C+.

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