MLB Draft 2012: Ranking Top 20 Draft Steals in Philadelphia Phillies History

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MLB Draft 2012: Ranking Top 20 Draft Steals in Philadelphia Phillies History
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As an organization, the Philadelphia Phillies haven't had much success with the amateur draft.

There are plenty of reasons for that little factoid, but none of them are overly important. The fact of the matter is that, throughout this club's history, when it came time to show some results through the draft, they've had far more failures than successes.

But that doesn't mean that there haven't been a few good stories buried in that landfill that is a draft history.

The Phillies have had their fair share of "steals" in the draft over the course of time, and for the sake of this slideshow, we'll be defining a "steal" in this manner.

A "steal" is a player that you never thought would wind up with your organization. It is a player that has had a certain degree of success at the MLB level, but was passed over by other teams for some reason or another. They've had to overcome adversity to excel, but if you had to go back and re-draft certain years, they'd be right at the top.

That's a "steal" in the draft, and the Phillies have had a couple of those, despite their inefficiencies.

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