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Day 2 MLB draft tracker: Phillies select shortstop Jamari Baylor in 3rd round

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Day 2 MLB draft tracker: Phillies select shortstop Jamari Baylor in 3rd round

Note: Check back here throughout the day Tuesday for the latest on Phillies draft picks. Rounds 3-10 began at 1 p.m.

Round 3, pick 91

The Phillies got things started on Day 2 of the MLB draft by selecting high school shortstop Jamari Baylor with their third-round pick, 91st overall.

Baylor comes from Benedictine College Preparatory School in Richmond, Virginia. He is a right-handed hitter with speed, athleticism, a strong arm and developing power who has risen recently on draft boards.

Over the last 20 years, the only player drafted 91st overall who made any sort of impact in the majors is current Padre Wil Myers.

The Phillies took UNLV shortstop Bryson Stott 14th overall on Monday night. They did not have a second-round pick, forfeiting it to sign Bryce Harper.

Round 4, pick 120

In the fourth round, the Phillies took 6-foot-5 Stanford left-hander Erik Miller.

Miller throws a fastball, slider and changeup and his heater can reach to the mid-to-high-90s. His velocity increased during his three seasons as a starter at Stanford. As with most young pitchers, his command and the effectiveness of his secondary stuff will help determine whether his future is as a starter or reliever.

The only fourth-round pick by the Phillies over the last decade who has made the majors is Cody Asche.

Round 5, pick 150

The Phillies selected right-handed pitcher Gunner Mayer from San Joaquin Delta College in California.

Mayer is 6-foot-6, 190 pounds, a lanky righty, who sits in the 90-94 range. His curveball is viewed as an above-average pitch and he also throws a slider.

Mayer is a former infielder who’s somewhat new to pitching. This is an upside pick. He was a Texas Tech commit.

Round 6, pick 180

The Phillies took Andrew Schultz, a right-handed relief prospect with an upper-90s fastball that has hit triple digits and a breaking ball. He’ll be an exciting prospect to monitor if he can harness his stuff and put the “wild” label behind him.

Round 7, pick 210

Four pitchers in a row for the Phillies, who went with Minnesota right-hander Brett Schulze in the seventh round.

Schulze was converted into a reliever as a sophomore at Minnesota and has seen his velocity increase to the mid-90s with some 97-98 mixed in. His curveball is not yet viewed as a plus pitch but the velocity could play.

Round 8, pick 240

The Phillies went with Nate Fassnacht, a middle infielder from George Washington University and native of Ephrata, Pa. 

Fassnacht was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. He hit .372 with 11 home runs, 60 RBI and a 1.108 OPS.

Round 9, pick 270 — 1B Rudy Rott (Ohio University)

Round 10, pick 300 — 3B McCarthy Tatum (Fresno State)

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2019 MLB draft: Dates, start time, pick order and how to watch as Phillies select at No. 14

2019 MLB draft: Dates, start time, pick order and how to watch as Phillies select at No. 14

It’s a quiet night across baseball as most of the industry focuses on tonight’s MLB draft. The Phillies are involved in one of only four games Monday night as they open a series in San Diego. 

The draft begins at 7 p.m. on MLB Network and streaming on MLB.com. The first two rounds take place Monday, with Rounds 3-10 beginning Tuesday at 1 p.m. 

The Phillies pick 14th overall in the first round. Over the last 20 years, that pick has produced only four players who made an impact in the majors: Jose Fernandez, Aaron Hicks, Jason Heyward and Billy Butler — all high schoolers. 

The Phillies have selected a college player in the first round two years in a row: Adam Haseley eighth overall out of the University of Virginia in 2017 and Alec Bohm third overall from Wichita State last June. 

Prior to that, the Phils took a high school player in the first round in seven of eight years, with the only exception being Aaron Nola in 2014. 

At 14th overall, the Phillies have their lowest selection since 2013, when they took J.P. Crawford 16th. 

The first round is always emphasized but lots of good players are found outside of the first 30-40 picks. 

Recent Phillies second-rounders include Scott Kingery, Andrew Knapp, Roman Quinn, Dylan Cozens, Randy Wolf, Jimmy Rollins and Scott Rolen. The team does not have a second-round pick of this draft, forfeiting it to sign Bryce Harper. 

The third round produced Adam Morgan, Cameron Rupp, Vance Worley and J.A. Happ. 

The fifth round led the Phillies to Rhys Hoskins and Ryan Howard, along with Cole Irvin in 2016. 

Phillies scouting director Johnny Almaraz did not divulge much last week but again referenced his strategy to only take a pitcher over a hitter in the early rounds if he believes the pitcher can be a No. 2 starter or better. When it comes to pitchers with a mid-rotation projection, he’d prefer the everyday player. 

For a mid-first-round projection and an idea of who could go in the Phillies’ range, check out MLB.com’s latest mock draft.

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3rd overall pick Alec Bohm off to hot start in his first game

3rd overall pick Alec Bohm off to hot start in his first game

Just 15 days ago, Alec Bohm heard his name called by the Phillies as the third pick in the 2018 MLB draft. Today, Bohm didn't waste any time showing why the Phillies signed him for $5.85 million. In fact, he showed it on the very first pitch of the very first at-bat of his professional career.

Batting second for the GCL Phillies, Bohm ripped the first pitch he saw to right field for an RBI-triple. The hit came off Anderson Munoz, a 19-year-old pitcher in the Yankees organization. Bohm ended the game 1 for 2, reaching on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the third before the game was suspended.

Bohm, 21, is coming off a big season at Wichita State, where he hit .339 with a .436 on-base percentage and 16 homers as a junior.

Last week, Phillies scouting director Johnny Almaraz said that Bohm will start in rookie ball with the GCL Phillies before making his way to Single-A Williamsport with the hope that he will finish the year at Single-A Lakewood, who have already clinched a spot in the South Atlantic League playoffs (see story). This is the same path Adam Haseley, the eighth overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft, took last year before starting his first full season of professional baseball in Clearwater.

As a 21-year-old who played three years of collegiate baseball, it’s not unfair to expect strong production from Bohm this year, as he will be playing against competition his age or younger than him, for the most part. Two at-bats into his career, he’s already off to a good start.

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