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Phillies 2013 Rd 11-20 Recap

The Phillies finally got their fix of projectable pitching, as well as several other interesting picks.

We've blown well past this pick by now.
We've blown well past this pick by now.
Mike McGinnis

The Phillies clearly starting to get the shakes, sweating profusely and looking around nervously while biting their fingernails finally got their fix. In the 11th round they didn't call their pusherman, they called MLB and got their fix of a projectable left handed high school pitcher in 6'4" 200 lb Colorado Denton Keys. Keys ranked up astound Strikeout totals. Unfortunately for him, he did that in Colorado instead of California, Texas, Georgia or Florida. So, there are level of competition issues and he's a cold weather guy. Cold weather carries it's positives (less wear and tear) and negatives (less advanced skills, behind the development curve).

The Phillies weren't done yet with Colorado and went back for High School RHP Griffin Jax a 6'1" 190 lb Starter. He has a commitment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He was the Gatorade player of the year. He was a good high school hitter, but his pro future is on the mound.

The 13th round pick is the most fascinating. Joey Martarano is a Linebacker committed to Boise State, which has no baseball program. He's also a pretty advanced High School hitter very good power potential. He's listed at 6'4" 230 lbs and is probably an Outfielder or First Baseman in the pros. Here's the thing, the Phillies will have to take him and have him play College Football and report late and leave early for football. The Pirates did something similar with Russel Wilson a few years back. With such a short development window every year and the split of his focus, will he ever get to develop like he should, in either sport? If he even signs, that is. He's got top of the draft talent though.

From there, they took Georgia Tech Second Baseman Samuel Dove. He's 6'2" and 190 lbs. He was a walk-on at GT and played Left and Third. The fact that he's listed as a Second Baseman speaks to where the Phillies likely want to play him.

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Their next 3 picks were:

Logan Pierce a Troy University Third Baseman listed at 6'0", 215 lbs.

Lee Ridenhour a 6'3" 187 lb RHP from Austin Peay, who I may take to calling Chuck Lee.

Rob Marcello who is from Appalachian State. He's a 6'3" 230 lb LHP

Daniel Child, now here's a fascinating pick. Child is a big (6'5" 225 lbs) projectable power arm from Oregon State University. He's an underachiever who got booted from the rotation to the bullpen this year. He could be a back end of the bullpen guy with a Closer's ceiling. Of course, it's also possible he goes back to OSU, works on his changeup and gets his spot in the rotation back and with a good season he could be a top 10 round pick and make some extra money.

Matt Soren, the drummer for Guns 'n' Roses was their nex... Oh, what I'm being told that's wrong, Matt's actually a 6'5" 225 lb RHP from the UD Bluehens

In the 20th Round the Phillies grabbed another Catcher (can never have too many) University of North Florida's Corey Bass listed at 5'10" 200 lbs. Bass is a talented receiver, but not a very good hitter. Bit of a Tuffy Gosewich type.