I’ll break this into two parts. The first one, or this entry, will be about the hitters the Phillies took in the 2011 draft. They decided to focus on position players in this draft, so that’s why I’ll talk about them first. I’ll separate them by listed position on mlb.com. Of course, those guys won’t play those positions in the majors or even their first day at the Carpenter Complex, so if there’s some discussion that a guy might not stay at a position, I’ll mention it. Available information for these players fluctuates wildly based on predraft buzz, so some players might be a bit lacking here.
6. Zach Wright, East Carolina, Bats Right, Throws Right 6’1 205
Wright hit 27 home runs over the last two seasons, but his slugging still dropped dramatically from 2010 to 2011 like a lot of college players. He strikes out a lot and doesn’t make great contact, so he may not hit well as a professional. In 2010, he struggled using wood bats in the Cape Cod League. He’s said to be pretty good behind the plate with a good arm, so he should be a nice compliment to some of the younger, less experienced catchers in the lower levels. Wright should sign quickly and be in the mix at Williamsport. He has a little experience at other positions from when he wasn’t catching at ECU.
9. Logan Moore, Northeastern JC, Bats Left, Throws Right 6’3 200
At the JC level, Moore didn’t hit for much power. His .321 BA was 3rd among regular players, and he hit .352 in his first year at Northeastern. Lastoffseason, he moved behind the plate to catch for the first time in his college career, and coaches were impressed with his ability. He’s committed to Tennessee, but that’s a program in flux right now, so although he was initially promised playing time, he could be more signable than previously believed.
19. John Hill, Concordia, Bats Left, Throws Right 6’2 195
Hill wasn’t much of a hitter on Concordia, the 2011 NAIA champions. In his junior year, he hit much better, but I’m not sure what changed. He previously attended Long Beach State University but transferred after three years. He threw out a decent percentage of basestealers at Concordia.
20. Riley Moore, San Marcos HS (California) Bats Switch, Throws Right 6’2 175
Moore should have been drafted 15-17 rounds sooner, and it’s likely that he dropped due to signability concerns. As of now, he’s mostly a defensive catcher. His best tool is his arm, and he’s supposed to be an advanced receiver for a high school catcher. He’s a switch hitter, but he’s much better from the left side. His bat is the question, and his development at the plate will determined how far he can go. He’s committed to Arizona, and any high school picks drafted this late are hard to sign. He’s definitely a player to watch by the signing deadline on August 15th.
31. Kyle Olsen, Jackson HS (Washington) Bats Right, Throws Right 6’2 195
I truly can’t find much about him other than he played football in high school.
43. Austin Knight, Sumrall HS (Mississippi) Bats Right, Throws Right 5’11 200
There’s already a professional baseball player named Austin Knight, so safe to say google searches bring back a lot of results for him and not thePhillies draft pick. He was an All-State selection and committed to Meridian CC.
46. Scott Tomassetti, Sierra Vista HS (Nevada) Bats Right, Throws Right 6’1 195
He needs a lot of work behind the plate. He’s an All-State selection. The Phillies probably would’ve liked last year’s top catching prospect from Nevada, Bryce Harper.
30. Mike Marshall, Lubbock Christian, Bats Right, Throws Right 6’3 235
Unfortunately, Marshall is the son of former outfielder Mike Marshall, and not former pitcher and current eccentric instructor Mike Marshall. He pitched and played first base at LCU, but the Phillies drafted him to hit. He transferred from Stanford where he didn’t see much action. He was actually a decent pitch at LCU with 101 strikeouts in 75.1 IP. At 1B, he hit 13 home runs and slugged nearly .700, so at the college level, he showed the power teams want from 1B.
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