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Tracking the Phillies’ 2021 Day 2 MLB Draft selections


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Rounds 2-10 of the MLB draft begins Monday. With the No. 13 selection, the Phillies drafted right-handed pitcher Andrew Painter out of Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Phillies have the No. 49 and No. 84 selections as well as the 13th pick in rounds 5-20. The draft will conclude on Tuesday with rounds 11-20.

  • Round 2 – No. 49: Ethan Wilson, outfielder, South Alabama

Wilson, the 35th ranked draft prospect according to MLB.com, is a left-handed corner outfielder out of the University of South Alabama. He slashed .318/.419/.528 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs and was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2021. His mostly highly touted tool is his power.

  • Round 3 – No. 84: Jordan Viars, outfielder, Rick Reedy HS (Texas)

The Phillies went back to the high school circuit for their third-round selection. Viars is a 17-year-old, 6-foot-4 left-handed power bat who profiles as a corner outfielder and first baseman.

Round 4 – No. 114 – Micah Ottenbreit, right-handed pitcher, Trenton High School (Michigan)

Ottenbreit is a 6-foot-4 right-hander who is committed to play at Michigan State. According to Perfect Game, the 18-year-old has a 94 mph fastball with a plus curveball and changeup.

Round 5 – No. 145: Griff McGarry, right-handed pitcher, University of Virginia

McGarry, the Phillies’ first selection out of the University of Virginia since Adam Haseley, is a high strikeout, high walk-rate pitcher. If he makes it to the majors, it’ll probably be as a bullpen arm.

Round 6 – No. 175: Jose Pena Jr., right-handed pitcher, Tampa Prep (Florida)

The 18-year-old Florida International University commit can reach the mid 90s with his fastball and has a high spin curveball.

Round 7 – No. 205: Christian McGowan, right-handed pitcher, Eastern Oklahoma St. Jr. College

McGowan is a 21-year-old righty who can reach 99 mph with his fastball, but he’ll sit closer to 94. According to Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline, his changeup could become a solid pitch. He’ll need to work on his delivery as he works his way up the Phillies’ system.

Round 8 – No. 235: Jason Ruffcorn, right-handed pitcher, University of Oklahoma

Ruffcorn is the fifth-consecutive right-handed pitcher taken by the Phillies in the draft so far. He was an All-Big 12 Second Team Selection in 2021. The 22-year-old has a mid-90s fastball and a sweeping slider. His father Scott played one season with the Phillies in 1997.

Round 9 – No. 265: Gavin Tonkel, outfielder, Heritage High School (California)

Tonkel is a speedy high school outfielder who bats and throws right-handed. He participated in a workout in front of Phillies personnel at Citizens Bank Park prior to the draft.

Round 10 – No. 295: Logan Cerny, outfielder, Troy University

Cerny was ranked No. 173 on MLB Pipeline‘s draft prospect rankings. He’s another outfielder with good speed and raw power with room to continue improving in all aspects of his offensive game. He hit 15 home runs this college season for the Troy Trojans.

Ty Daubert contributed to this post.

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