Pick No. 66 came from the Nats, and the Phillies used it to select high school shortstop Roman Quinn out of Florida. Cameron Gallagher, whom we wrote about over the weekend, went to Kansas City with the 65th overall pick. Fudge!
HS: Port St. Joe (FL)
A line-drive hitter with some extra base pop, Quinn, who just turned 18 last month, is praised for his work ethic. His primary asset on the field is his speed; Quinn has played second base and center field as well, and has the range and arm to cover center.
Quinn has committed to Florida State for college ball, and therefore has some leverage. Still, it's doubtful the Phillies would have made this pick without having a pretty good idea that they could get it done.
Phillies dreaming on Jimmy Rollins, Jr. here?
This is a nice pick, in my opinion. It targets a real organizational problem area, even if Quinn is likely several years away by any optimistic guess.
More on Martinez after the jump...
The son of a Cuban defector, Harold Martinez is completing his junior year at the University of Miami, where he played third base for the Hurricanes. A consensus early-round talent in the 2008 draft, Martinez was drafted by the Rangers in the 19th round but obviously did not sign.
Martinez's stock took a hit due to injuries last year, and offseason surgery, as well as underwhelming performance in college.
Martinez also reputedly has problems with defense, particularly throwing.
Martinez should be a fairly easy sign, as he's wrapped up his junior year and is unlikely to get another opportunity for a nice bonus after this year. It's a good case of the Phillies buying low on a guy who didn't have the best college career for any number of reasons. The Phillies did this with Michael Taylor, who became a solid prospect if nothing else.