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2016 MLB Draft: Phillies Picks Rounds 6-10

The second day of the draft wraps up.

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Round 6, # 167 overall - David Martinelli, OF

Jim Callis of claimed immediately after the pick that if he had been asked, he would have said he was the best player available prior to the pick happening. OK, Jim... suuuuuuuure.

Anyway, Martinelli is a 6'1", 200 lb. outfielder from Dallas Baptist University. He hit .301/.375/.495 with 6 HR and 37 RBI this past season.

In a down year for Texas college position players, Martinelli is a rare bright spot. He could go in the top three rounds, which would make him the highest-drafted hitter in Dallas Baptist history, ahead of fourth-rounders and future big leaguers Brandon Harper (1997) and Ryan Goins (2009). Martinelli has flashed five-tool talent since his days at Waxahachie (Texas) High but also raised concerns with serious swing-and-miss issues, ranking among the NCAA Division I strikeout leaders in each of his first two seasons and hitting .141 with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. He has been much more consistent at the plate this spring after improving his pitch recognition and his approach, cutting his whiff rate by almost two-thirds. He's driving the ball more consistently as well. Martinelli has solid speed that plays up in center field thanks to this instincts. He has seen more time in right field since injuring his hamstring and missing three weeks in March, but he should be capable of playing center as a pro. He has enough arm strength to play all three spots in the outfield.

Round 7, # 197 overall - Henri Lartigue, C

Lartigue is a junior, and is  6'0", 205 lbs. At this point in the draft, there's plenty of staring going on between Callis and Jonathan Mayo as they search for information, though Mayo did manage to say that Lartigue didn't really take to catching until he got to Ole Miss.

He hit .353/.414/.464 this season with 4 HR and 31 RBI.

Ole Miss profile

Round 8, # 227 overall - Grant Dyer, RHP

The Phillies' top two picks were high-schoolers committed to UCLA, so they had to get a guy who was actually enrolled there, right?

Dyer, a junior, will be 21 in a few weeks, so the Phillies may be counting on him to move through the system quickly. It seems like his stuff could play better out of a bullpen role.

Dyer has served in a variety of roles in his three years at UCLA, serving as a midweek starter and weekend reliever as a freshman, then as a setup guy as a sophomore. He moved into the weekend rotation as a junior, though it seems like his future might be coming out of a bullpen. As a starter, Dyer's stuff has been somewhat generic compared to when he's thrown in shorter stints, both at UCLA and during a successful turn in the Cape Cod League last summer. He still commands his fastball well, but it's largely sat at around 90-mph in the rotation, as opposed to up to 94 mph in the pen. His breaking ball had more power and tighter spin when he was setting up, though he still uses it effectively. He's generally around the strike zone with all of his offerings. Whoever drafts Dyer could send him out as a starter and see if they can help him find more sharpness in his stuff in that role. Knowing that the stuff will play up, and he could move faster, as a reliever, will be nice to have in their back pocket.

Round 9, #257 overall - Blake Quinn, RHP

We've hit the point where a guy having an profile and scouting video is rare, but Quinn does have the video, at least. Hooray. The Phillies must be doing something right.

Quinn is a senior out of Cal State Fullerton. He was unlisted on the BA Top 500.

He went 4-3 this season with a 2.16 ERA in 12 starts, appearing in 17 games total. Finding the strike zone would seem to be Quinn's issue as he struck out 69 in his 66 2/3 innings, but walked 32. Then again, he only allowed 40 hits.

Round 10, # 287 overall - Julian Garcia, RHP

Garcia's got the height, clocking in at 6'3". He pitched for something called Metropolitan State University of Denver, which, well, I can't exactly say I've heard of.