Philadelphia Phillies MLB Draft Results: Scouting Profiles for 2012 Picks

Christopher Benvie@CSBenvie81Correspondent IIJune 4, 2012

Philadelphia Phillies MLB Draft Results: Scouting Profiles for 2012 Picks

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    As we head into the 2012 MLB draft, the Philadelphia Phillies are in need of replenishing their farm system.

    While they do not have a first-round pick this year because of the Jonathan Papelbon signing (they forfeited their first-round pick to the Boston Red Sox upon signing Pap), they do have two picks in the compensatory round: 40th and 54th, respectively. That signing has worked out pretty well for them, though, considering Pap is tied for fourth in saves in all of Major League Baseball.

    In all, the Phillies will have 42 selections this year.

    For those that wish to follow along, will be streaming rounds two through 40, which is down from last seasons 50 rounds. The team has 12 picks in the first 10 rounds.

    In the form of compensation, the team has $4,916,900 allocated in the bonus pool for signing draft picks, which breaks down as follows:

    First pick: $1,291,900 

    Second pick: $940,200

    Third pick, 77th overall: $659,800

    Fourth pick, 95th overall: $500,000 

    The later picks will obviously make less as the draft runs deeper.

    The Phillies have a solid list of both college and high school prospects on their radar worth mentioning, with a majority of their focus on pitching. Of the 12 players thought to be high on the Phils' draft board, six are pitchers.


    College Prospects

    The team has been tied to six top college prospects in terms of realistic draft opportunities at any of their four top-100 selections. Those players are:

    LHP Logan Ehlers, Howard

    RHP Pierce Johnson, Missouri State

    RHP Pat Light, Monmouth

    MIF Kenny Diekroeger, Stanford

    SS Nolan Fantana, Florida

    OF Jeff Gelalich, UCLA


    High School Prospects

    As with their college prospects, the Phillies have a large focus on high school arms in which they are looking at. Here are the top six high school players rumored to be on the team's draft board:

    RHP Mitch Brown, Century High School

    RHP Nick Travieso, Archbishop McCarthy High School, Florida

    RHP Shane Watson, Lakewood High School, California

    OF Anthony Alford, Petal High School

    OF Lewis Brenson, Coral Springs High School

    C Wyatt Mathisen, Calallen High School

    Check back here for live updates as the Phillies make their first four selections in the MLB Draft for complete player analysis and Major League projections!

With the 40th Pick...

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    Shane Watson, RHP out of Lakewood Highschool.

    He is compared to Jordan Zimmerman and was signed to play college ball at USC.

    As compensation for Ryan Madson going to the Reds, the Phils landed themselves a young arm that has plus potential down the road.

    The 6'4" pitcher needs to develop his velocity and delivery a bit more in order to be an effective starting pitcher at the major league level.

    Watson's repertoire includes a fastball in the 88 to 92 mph range with some sink and slide capabilities. While developing, Watson will need to refine his mechanics to gain velocity and overpower major league bats.

With the 54th Pick...

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    Mitch Gueller, RHP out of West High School in Olympia Washington.

    Gueller not only has value as a starting pitcher, but the 6'3" 203lb righty has spent some time trolling the outfield and is considered by many to be the best all around athlete available in the draft.

    Gueller's fastball can hit 94mph with an advanced changeup and a slurvy breaking ball that is likely to settle in as a slider.

    In the field he could be considered a five-tool player. Gueller has the speed to steal bases and enough power from the right to go deep, plus his arm is obviously strong.

    That said, his greater upside does come as a pitcher.

With the 77th Pick...

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    Dylan Cozens, OF from Chaparral High School in Arizona

    Scouted for both football (where he plays defensive end) as well as baseball. Cozens has pitched on occasion and is a left-handed hurler.

    He is quite athletic and could develop into a solid outfielder.

With the 95th Pick...

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    The Phillies selected  RHP Alec Rash from Adel Desoto Minuburn High School in Iowa.

    Rash is capable of rearing back and throwing his fastball into the mid-90s with plenty of movement. His power slider has the chance to be an asset in his arsenal.

    He is very athletic, but remains a raw prospect who will need to work on mechanics and command should he want to be major league ready.