Day Two Phillies Draft Review

With their first pick on day 2 of the 2012 MLB amateur draft, the Phillies selected outfielder Dylan Cozens with the 77th overall pick. The 6-foot-5-inch 230-pounder attended Scottsdale Chapparal High School in Arizona, where he posted a .520 batting average with a state-best 19 home runs and 52 RBI this season.

The youngster, who has a scholarship in place to play football at the University of Arizona next year, is expected to sign with the Phillies. Cozens was a defensive end in high school and also had football scholarship offers from Boise State and Washington.

The Phillies also chose right-hander Alec Rash with the 95th overall pick. Rash, from Adel Desoto Minburn High School (Iowa), stands 6-feet-5-inches tall and weighs 195 pounds.  His fastball reaches 95 MPH and he is armed with some solid secondary pitches. Rash is a Missouri recruit.

In round 3, the Phils selected high school shortstop Zach Green. The Jesuit High (Carmichael, CA) product batted .417 this season. The heavily scouted Green is committed to play baseball at Oregon State and stands 6-foot-3-inches, weighing about 190 pounds.

In the 4th round (158th overall), the Phillies took first baseman Chris Serritella, a junior out of Southern Illinois University. Seritella batted .389 with 13 HR and 61 RBI in 58 games with SIU this past season. Previously drafted by Kansas City in 2011 (31st rd), the 6-foot-3-inch 210-pounder chose not to sign.

Andrew Pullin, the Phillies’ 5th round pick (188th overall), is an extremely speedy outfielder from Centralia High School in Washington state. Standing 6 feet tall and weighing 185 pounds, Pullin is a lefty hitter that was also a switch-pitcher in high school.

The Phillies chose third baseman Cameron Perkins in the 6th round (218th overall).  A junior out of Purdue, the right-handed hitting Perkins led the Boilermakers in HR and RBI in each of the past two seasons. The 6-foot-5-inch 200-pounder was previously drafted by the Mariners in the 43rd round in 2009 out of high school.

In the 7th round (248th overall), the Phils took lefty hurler Hoby Milner out of Texas.  The 6-foot-2-inch 165-pounder went 7-4 with a 2.64 ERA with 3 saves and 68 strike outs in 71 2/3 innings as a junior this year.  Milner’s fastball velocity typically resides in the low-90’s.

The Phillies’ 8th round selection (278th overall) was catcher Josh Ludy out of Baylor.  The 5-foot-10-inch 210-pounder was named the Big 12 Player of the Year.  Entering the Waco Super Regional, Ludy leads the Big 12 with 15 HR
and 69 RBI.  Additionally, the righty hitting senior’s .368 batting average is among the league leaders.

Jordon Guth, a right-handed pitcher was taken in the 9th round (308th overall).  A 6-foot-5-inch 215-pound junior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Guth sports a fastball that reaches the mid-90’s.

Also selected by the Phillies was righty hurler Kevin Brady, who was the club’s 10th round choice (338th overall).  The Clemson junior stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds.  Brady sported a 2.54 ERA with 62 strike outs in 63 2/3 innings this season.  His repertoire includes a fastball (90-94 MPH), a slider and a change up.
The remainder of the Phillies’ draft selections on Tuesday included the following…

11th round- William Carmona, 3rd baseman, Stony Brook University

12th round- Zachary Taylor, OF, Armstrong Atlantic State University.

13th round- Steven Golden, OF, St. Francis High School (Mountain View, CA)

14th round- Richard Bielski, RHP, Servite High School (Anaheim, CA)

15th round- Zach Cooper, RHP, Central Michigan University


Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider. Follow Jay on Twitter @PhoulBallz.

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    June 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

    More excellent reporting from Jay Floyd. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date. Hopefully several of these draftees will become stud Phillie players.

  2. Jay Floyd

    June 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks, Bart. From what I have seen around the web, Cozens is a really exciting pick.

    Also, I wonder what the future holds for Serritella, the college junior first baseman. It’s kinda full at first base around the system, especially at the top, and even though I’d guess Jim Murphy won’t still be in the organization next year, I wonder who plays where next season, level-wise and position-wise.

    With the college sr. catcher Ludy…Phils took him a round earlier than college catcher Logan Moore last yr. Moore didn’t perform at Lakewood through the opening 7-8 weeks of this season and was sent back to ext. spring and he should play for Williamsport, when their season begins. If either Ludy or Moore can get things going, the Phillies would officially be deep with really good catcher prospects, with Rupp and Valle doing very well.

    Speaking of Rupp, pretty sure he caught this yr’s 7th rounder Hoby Milner at Texas.

    • Ian Riccaboni

      June 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Great stuff, Jay.

      On Cozens, I have heard a lot of good stuff about him as well. Super pumped.

  3. DCmikey

    June 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    PN should have a “like” button. Ha.

    Great reporting.

  4. Amanda

    June 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    They need to draft David Garcia! From Monterey Bay!

  5. Dave P

    June 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    A switch pitcher? Intriguing.

  6. June

    July 29, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I think the main counter aurmgent is that he needs to work on learning second base and third base, and that is better done in the minors. It’s also possible that his hitting at the major league level could be problematic enough at this stage of his development to sap his confidence. I guess both of these factors amount tot he same thing: 300 PA may be plenty, but premature exposure to the major leagues might sap his confidence.Not sure where I come out on this given (a) the fact that the back up infielder is going to get a lot of playing time, and (b) the dearth of alternatives, plugging Galvis into that role is tempting. But the above is the counter aurmgent. Ultimately, if the Phillies think he can handle it, then plugging him into the utility role makes sense, And it’s not as if it is unheard of for a utility guy to eventually work his way into a starting role.

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