If it seems like it’s been a few years since the Philadelphia Phillies had a first-round draft pick, well, that’s because it has.
The Phillies have not had a first-round draft pick since they selected Jesse Biddle in the first round in 2010. The signings of Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, respectively, led to the Phillies' first selection in the past two drafts coming after the first round.
After avoiding the temptation to sign any player tied to draft pick compensation last offseason, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies now hold the 16th pick in this year’s first-year player draft after finishing last season with a record of 81-81.
Will the Phillies focus on position players or look to pitchers again after selecting Shane Watson with their first pick last year? Will a high-ceiling high school player be their top choice, or are they leaning toward a college player who may reach the majors quicker?
Teams have begun locking up their star players with long-term extensions well before they reach free agency, giving the draft even more importance for teams trying to improve their future outlook. For the Phillies, it all starts with making the right picks in the 2013 MLB draft.
Track all of the Phillies' picks here: