Phillies hope 13th pick in 2021 draft brings more luck than other years


The Phillies will have the 13th overall pick in the 2021 draft.

Major League Baseball finalized the draft order on Monday. There had been some thought to altering the format because teams played just 60 games in 2020, but in the end, MLB stuck with its usual structure and teams will pick in reverse order of finish.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, who had baseball's worst record at 19-41, will pick first, followed by Texas, Detroit and Boston.

The Phillies finished 28-32 and will pick in the top half of the first round for the eighth year in a row. They have used their previous seven first-round picks to select:

  • Pitcher Aaron Nola (7th in 2014)
  • Outfielder Cornelius Randolph (10th in 2015)
  • Outfielder Mickey Moniak (1st in 2016)
  • Outfielder Adam Haseley (8th in 2017)
  • Third baseman Alec Bohm (3rd in 2018)
  • Shortstop Bryson Stott (14th in 2019) 
  • Pitcher Mick Abel (15th in 2020)

The Phils have had the 13th overall pick three other times in their history and not had much success with it.

In 1982, they selected University of Oklahoma catcher John Russell 13th overall. He spent five unspectacular seasons with the club, mostly as a backup, moved on to Atlanta and Texas, and later managed the awful Pirates to three last-place finishes from 2008 to 2010.

Neither of the other two players that the Phillies selected No. 13 made the majors. Outfielder Chad McConnell (1992) peaked in Double A and catcher Lebo Powell (1980) never got out of Single A. The Phillies selected catchers in the first, third, 10th and 25th rounds of that 1980 draft. The only one to play above Single A was the 25th rounder, a guy named Darren Daulton.

The Phillies' draft is led by Brian Barber, who was hired as scouting director a year ago. He selected Abel with the 15th overall pick in this June's draft.


Due to the pandemic, the 2020 draft was capped at five rounds. Major League Baseball has not finalized the length of the 2021 draft, but it has told teams to expect between 20 and 30 rounds. The draft will be held a month later than usual, July 11-13, to coincide with the All-Star Game.