University of Florida right-hander Brady Singer (pictured above) could be the top pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Or maybe, he falls to the Phillies with the third overall pick.
By virtue of their 66-96 finish in 2017, the Phillies hold the third pick in next June’s MLB Draft behind the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants. While much of the top prospects on the Phillies current roster and in their farm system came through trades, recent drafts have been much more productive even if their approach has been somewhat schizophrenic.
In each of the last two drafts, the Phillies chose outfielders, but in 2016 they went with a high school outfielder – Mickey Moniak – while last year they went to the college ranks to take Adam Haseley. The differences go beyond that in that last year’s draft was primarily one that favored finding college players after they used the 2016 Draft to choose a number of high profile high school players early before turning their gaze to college players.
In general, the Phillies organization is primarily top-heavy with pitching, but many of the better pitching prospects have now reached the majors or are at least in the higher ranks of the minors. Since you can never have enough pitching, it will be interesting to see if the Phillies come off of their trend of restocking the organization with position players and take a pitcher with the third overall pick.
In the early returns, pitching seems to be the way to go at the top of the 2018 Draft, with three young right-handers are gaining most of the consideration. For many, Brady Singer (Univ of Florida) is the top pick, but Casey Mize (Auburn) and Kumar Rocker (North Oconee HS, GA) could wind up moving ahead of Singer. As for top left-handers, Shane McClanahan (South Florida) and Matt Liberatore (Mountain Ridge HS, AZ) are the top southpaws.
The draft also features a number of infield prospects. Oregon State shortstop Nick Madrigal leads the list with fellow shortstops Brice Turang (Santiago HS, CA) and Nander De Sedas (Montverde Academy, FL) leading the way. Third baseman Nolan Gorman (Sandra Day O’Connor HS, AZ) is another consideration for teams looking for infield prospects.
Outfielders Jarred Kelenic (Waukesha West HS, WI) joins college players Tristan Pompey (Kentucky) and Griffin Conine (Duke) among the top outfield prospects. Conine is the son of former Phillie Jeff Conine.
For what is admittedly a Way Too Early 2018 MLB Mock Draft, we turn to ScoutingBaseball.com for their first look at who the Phillies may choose with the third overall pick in 2018.