Phillies Day 2 MLB Draft Running Updates – Phillies Nation

Phillies Day 2 MLB Draft Running Updates

The Phillies continued their new approach on the second day of the MLB amateur draft, taking college players with their opening five selections of the day.

Taken in the 3rd round (81st overall) was outfielder Aaron Brown, out of Pepperdine.  In his junior season this year, the California native posted a .310/.349/.539 slash line with team highs in homers (12) and RBI (47) for the Waves.  Also a lefty hurler, Brown tallied a 12-1 record with a 2.07 ERA and an 8.28 K/9 mark in 16 games.  Brown, a left-handed batter, was drafted by Cleveland last year and by Pittsburgh out of high school, but did not sign.

The Phils’ 4th round selection (112th overall) was Chris Oliver, a right-handed pitcher out of Arkansas.  In his junior season, the six-foot-four 180-pounder posted a 9-4 record with a 2.51 ERA and a 5.69 K/9 mark in 16 starts.  Oliver was in the news recently, as he was charged with DWI just a couple days ago.  A 20-year-old, Oliver is likely in store for some considerable legal concerns stemming from this week’s arrest.

In the 5th round (142nd overall) the Phillies took Rhys Hoskins out of Sacramento State. In 59 games this year, the six-foot-four 225-pounder sported a .319/.428/.573 slash line as a junior. Hoskins, who was a top performer in the Cape Cod League last summer, graduated from Jesuit High School in California, the same school attended by two other Phillies prospects, Dan Child and Zach Green.

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In the 6th round, the Phillies chose left-hander pitcher Brandon Leibrandt, son of former big leaguer Charlie Leibrandt, who is best remembered for his time with the Royals. The younger Leibrandt, a six-foot-four 205-pounder, missed most of the season this year after being hit in the knee with a line drive. In six games as a junior, Leibrandt posted a 4-1 record with a 1.83 ERA. Its likely the Georgia native would have been drafted earlier if he had been healthy this season.

The Phillies’ 7th round pick was shortstop Emmanuel Marrero out of Alabama St.  Touted for his defense, the Puerto Rico native is not known to possess much power.   In his junior season, Marrero batted .329 with four home runs, 58 RBI and eight steals.

In the 8th round (232nd overall), the Phils took their first high school selection of the draft.  Right-handed pitcher Sam McWilliams, who possesses a fastball that can touch 94 MPH, has an ideal ceiling for a young pitcher. The 18-year-old Tennesse native stands six-foot-seven and weighs 190 pounds.

Temple University RHP Matt Hockenberry was the Phillies’ 9th round selection.  As a senior this year for the Owls, the Hanover, PA native posted a 5-6 record with a 3.18 ERA and a 6.85 K/9 mark in 15 games (14 starts).

Senior OF Matt Shortall out of UT Arlington was selected in the 10th round (292 overall) by the Phillies.  The six-foot-three 215-pounder bats right-handed and was a Tulane transfer.  Shortall was athird-team preseason All-American.  In 59 games this season, the Dallas, TX native batted .344 with 1o home runs and a team high 57 RBI.



  1. Jay Floyd

    June 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    COLLEGE PLAYERS, Y’ALL! 7-for-7 thus far.

  2. Donald

    June 6, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I just wish the Phillies would take a look at Derrick Capiak, a pitcher going into his senior year at college, who lives in Mays Landing, N.J.

  3. Hogey's Role

    June 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    A lot of pitchers so far

  4. wbramh

    June 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Let’s hope they pick up some serious position prospects during the coming fire sale.

    • c. schreiber

      June 6, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      They don’t need any they got Ronny Cedeno coming up. Christ sake.

      • wbramh

        June 6, 2014 at 8:48 pm

        I’m so thankful the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Houston Astros don’t need Ronny, anymore.
        He’s all ours.

  5. J

    June 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    They’re focusing on high RBI’s and BA it looks like also in these college hitters I’m happy. The sabermetrics guy to the rescue!

    • schmenkman

      June 6, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      What makes you say they’re focusing on RBIs and BA? Who would they pick if they were focusing on OPS or an advanced stat?

  6. Hogey's Role

    June 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Hamels has been throwing a lot of pitches in his last few starts… Like 120+ the last 3-4 starts, that’s crazy for him being on the dl with a shoulder issue to start the year

    • schmenkman

      June 6, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      pitches by start, from April 23 through tonight:

      86, 106, 98, 133, 90, 91, 99, 125, 125

      • Hogey's Role

        June 7, 2014 at 12:40 am

        I guess I missed those middle 3 starts lol… Still a lot of pitches for cole

  7. Art kyriazis

    June 7, 2014 at 8:21 am

    1) great pick from Pepperdne. randy wolf worked out well and so will this kid. Pepperdine has a first class baseball program.

    2) temple has produced far more pro players from baseball than football.

    • wbramh

      June 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      “Temple has produced far more pro players from baseball than football.”

      And even made it to college World Series twice, once finishing just behind powerhouses Arizona State and USC (in 1972 I believe). Quite an accomplishment for an urban Eastern team.

      And now they have no baseball program (or softball or men’s gymnastics or track & field) – And no more great and generous benefactor like Lewis Katz. Add a multi-year and total recruiting failure in basketball leading to the worst season in Temple’s history and I’d say it’s been a bad year for the University and its sports programs.

      I understand the Phillies offered Temple free use of their practice facility and the River Sharks offered them free use of their stadium for home games but the University declined. No clear explanation to my knowledge.
      87 years of Temple baseball history… done.

  8. Bob D

    June 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I like this draft, Nola was in my opinion the 4th or 5th best selection for this draft, and I was happy to see him available at #7 – Rodon would have been my overall top pick but the Astro didn’t go that way. Imhof was picked right about where he was taken at #47 and has a better upside than what most give him. Brown and Hoskins make for decent picks who could start out in mid level minors as position players with Hoskins being potentially a really good hitter. Then Oliver and Leibrandt are great picks as they were rated much higher than where they were picked at. Leibrandt is the wild card here as he had a knee injury this year and without that he may have been a 1st or 2nd round pick. All four pitchers likely have near major league stuff now and I would be happy to see all of them debut with the Phils within the next two years.

    Just an observation, by selecting so many seasoned college players, cutting Gilles, and a bottom 5 record I feel that indicates a rebuilding process is likely to start very shortly.

    • Hogey's Role

      June 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I hope so

    • schmenkman

      June 8, 2014 at 7:19 am

      “Just an observation, by selecting so many seasoned college players, cutting Gilles, and a bottom 5 record I feel that indicates a rebuilding process is likely to start very shortly.”

      We’re almost two years in, I think it started in July 2012.

      • wbramh

        June 8, 2014 at 10:08 am

        What started to turn around in July of 2012?
        Certainly not that June’s draft.
        Give me hope!!!

      • schmenkman

        June 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

        Didn’t say turn around.

        They didn’t pick until #40 that June. Maybe Cam Perkins will keep hitting…

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