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A look at all of Phillies' 2018 draft picks

A look at all of Phillies' 2018 draft picks

The Phillies kicked off the 2018 MLB draft Monday by taking Alec Bohm, a power-hitting third baseman from Wichita State (see story).

On Tuesday, they added a mix of pitchers and infielders. On Wednesday, they wrapped up with Rounds 11-40.

Get all the Phillies’ draft picks here:

*Additional information on prospects from MLB.com.

Round 4, pick 107: RHP Colton Eastman
The Phillies’ second pick in the draft is a 6-3, 185-pound right-hander from Cal State Fullerton. In three seasons in college, Eastman has a 20-6 record with a 2.20 ERA. He has 253 strikeouts in 245 innings. 

During the 2018 season, Eastman is 10-3 with a 2.20 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 110 2/3 innings. Eastman is not a hard thrower with his fastball sitting in the 89-92 mph range. He features a changeup and curveball as well.

Round 5, pick 137: CF Matt Vierling
This time, the Phils drafted a 6-5, 205-pound centerfielder from Notre Dame. In 2018, Vierling batted .310 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs after batting .330 with seven homers and 42 RBIs in 2017. He's considered an athletic centerfielder with above-average speed.

Round 6, pick 167: SS Logan Simmons
After selecting three college players in a row, the Phillies used their sixth-round pick on a high school shortstop. Simmons is a Georgia Tech commit with big power but also a lot of strikeouts. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder just turned 18 this past April.

Round 7, pick 197: LHP Gabriel Cotto
With their seventh-round pick, the Phillies selected lanky left-handed pitcher Cotto. Cotto is a 6-foot-5, 175-pound southpaw from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. He just turned 18 last month.

Round 8, pick 227: 3B Seth Lancaster
The Phillies selected another third baseman in the eighth round when they took Coast Carolina's Lancaster. The left-handed hitting Lancaster batted .305/.454/.646 with 20 homers and 57 RBIs in 226 at-bats during the 2018 season. He also stole 23 bases and was caught only three times.

Round 9, pick 257: RHP Dominic Pipkin
The Phillies added more pitching with the selection of Pipkin out of Pinole Valley High School (California). Pipkin, a slender right-hander at 6-foot-4 and 160 pounds, committed to attend Cal prior to being selected in the draft.

Round 10, pick 287: SS Madison Stokes
The Phillies loaded up on yet another shortstop in South Carolina’s Stokes. Stokes (6-2, 200) has recorded a slash line of .331/.417/.587 in his senior season for the Gamecocks, who on Monday advanced to the Super Regionals.

Round 11, pick 317: RHP Jack Perkins

Round 12, pick 347: RHP James McArthur

Round 13, pick 377: SS Jose Mercado

Round 14, pick 407: C Jesse Wilkening 

Round 15, pick 437: RHP Daniel Carpenter

Round 16, pick 467: RHP Tyler McKay

Round 17, pick 497: LHP Keylan Killgore

Round 18, pick 527: 3B Matt Kroon

Round 19, pick 557: RHP Mark Potter

Round 20, pick 587: 3B Connor Litton

Round 21, pick 617: RHP Jake Smith

Round 22, pick 647: 3B Luke Miller

Round 23, pick 677: C Logan O'Hoppe

Round 24, pick 707: CF Corbin Williams

Round 25, pick 737: RHP Adam Cox

Round 26, pick 767: RHP Eric White

Round 27, pick 797: C Jack Conley

Round 28, pick 827: RHP Jonathan Jones

Round 29, pick 857: LHP Jaylen Smith

Round 30, pick 887: RHP Brandon Ramey

Round 31, pick 917: RHP Tyler Carr

Round 32, pick 947: OF Ben Aklinski

Round 33, pick 947: RHP Jake Kinney

Round 34, pick 1007: C Nick Matera

Round 35, pick 1037: RHP Austin Ross

Round 36, pick 1067: RHP Trent Bowles

Round 37, pick 1097: 1B Ryan Rijo

Round 38, pick 1127: RHP Stephen Jones

Round 39, pick 1157: C Mat Nelson

Round 40, pick 1187: RHP Waylon Richardson

Another sign that Joe Girardi will be hired to manage somewhere soon

Another sign that Joe Girardi will be hired to manage somewhere soon

In another sign that he's likely to return to managing in the majors in 2020, Joe Girardi stepped down as the manager of USA Baseball, the organization announced Wednesday.

Girardi, who is believed to have met with Phillies officials Monday, is a strong candidate for multiple open manager jobs. The Phillies are interested, and the Cubs and Mets appear to be hot after him as well.

Girardi is the overwhelming fan choice to manage the Phillies. It's hard not to see the appeal of his combination of experience, blend of new school and old school and track record of winning. Phillies fans seem to prefer Girardi to Buck Showalter, whose teams haven't advanced as far in the postseason.

Girardi has played things differently this year than last. He had two interviews for the Reds job last fall but pulled himself out of the process, saying it wasn't the right time.

Now, he wants to manage. And the openings this time around are more appealing — three major market clubs in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. The Mets do not spend to their market size but the Phillies and Cubs have done so in win-now periods.

It is much more likely that the Phillies would be forced into a bidding war for Girardi than for Showalter because of the number of interested teams.



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Joe Maddon hired by Angels, officially off the board for Phillies manager opening

Joe Maddon hired by Angels, officially off the board for Phillies manager opening

The first of the eight manager jobs open across Major League Baseball to begin this offseason has been filled.

The Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday announced the hiring of Joe Maddon. Maddon's contract is reportedly for three years. A native of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Maddon has a long history in the Angels organization. Between 1975 and 2006, Maddon played and managed in the team's minor-league system, served as a coach with the Major League club and assumed the role of interim manager.

Maddon has a 1,251-1,068 record as a manager in the major leagues. He led the Tampa Bay Rays to an American League pennant in 2008 and skippered the Chicago Cubs to a World Series in 2016, their first championship since 1908. Maddon will take over an Angels team that finished 72-90 in 2019, led by two-time MVP Mike Trout.

Though Maddon might have appeared to be an attractive name for the Phillies job, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker are the only candidates known for the position at the moment, according to Jim Salisbury. Baker is meeting with Phillies officials Wednesday, and a hire could come quickly, per Salisbury (see story).

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports Showalter was the runner-up for the Angles job.



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