Beerleaguer correspondent Billy Mac attended a season ticket holder session with Phillies Assistant GM Mike Arbuckle yesterday at Citizens Bank Park, focusing on today’s draft. Follow and discuss it here.
Evaluating the 2007 draft class, Arbuckle said the talent level was deep at the high school level for positional players and at the college level for pitching. The Phillies philosophy will be to the take the best available player, based on highest ceiling, not position. Scouting director Marti Wolever makes the final decision on draft picks. Arbuckle also feels the Phillies have a strong presence in the International market, particularly the Dominican.
When talking about his own experience with the amateur draft, Arbuckle said that he has worked for three GMs in his Phils tenure (Thomas, Wade, and Gillick) and said there are no significant differences on how they approach the draft. – Billy Mac
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The Phillies pick 19th and have five of the first 113 picks when the draft gets underway at 2 p.m. My thought is they need to get themselves a quality position player with power and not a lot of rough edges.
According to Bill Conlin, the players grouped by Baseball America around the No. 19 slot include third baseman Matt Dominguez, University of Tennessee outfielder Julio Borbon and slugger Matt LaPorta. Pennsylvania prep school catcher Devin Mesoraco is another player mentioned in mock drafts. [Follow the draft here]