Phillies’ Draft: Day 2
The Phillies took a high school shortstop and a college second baseman last night in the first two rounds of the 2015 Draft.
They remained in the middle of the infield with their first pick today.
Here is a look at the Phillies’ selections on Day 2:
Round 3: SS Luke Williams, Dana Hills (Calif.) HS
Williams (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) has committed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
The right-handed hitter posted a .315 batting average in 32 games and has good speed. He set the school’s career stolen bases record this year.
“I like to utilize my speed, that’s a big part of my game,” Williams told the Orange County Register in April. “Every time I’m on first, I like to try and swipe a bag.”
Round 4: 1B Kyle Martin, South Carolina
Martin earned second-team All-America honors during his senior season with the Gamecocks. He hit .350 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 14 home runs, 56 RBIs, a .455 on-base percentage and a .635 slugging percentage.
Martin (6-foot-1, 240 pounds) walked 39 times and struck out just 27 times.
The Angels selected Martin in the 20th round of the 2014 Draft, but he returned for his senior season.
Round 5: LHP Bailey Falter, Chino Hills (Calif.) HS
Falter is 6-foot-4, 175 pounds, and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo said he throws in the mid-to-high 80 mph range, but scouts believe his velocity will build in time.
He has committed to UC-Santa Barbara.
Round 6: LHP Tyler Gilbert, Southern California
He went 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA as a junior with the Trojans, where he spent most of his time in the bullpen.
Gilbert allowed 68 hits, 21 earned runs, 25 walks and struck out 66 batters in 67 1/3 innings.
Round 7: RHP Luke Leftwich, Wofford College
Leftwich (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) is a junior with baseball bloodlines.
The Angels selected his father Phil in the second round of the 1990 Draft. He made 34 starts with the Angels from 1993-96. Leftwich’s grandfather Tom Timmermann pitched six season for the Tigers (1969-73) and Indians (1973-74).
Leftwich went 7-2 with a 4.25 ERA in 16 appearances (14 starts) this season. He struck out 114 and walked 28 in 89 innings.
Round 8 (234th pick): OF Greg Pickett, Legend (Colo.) HS
Pickett is listed at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. He has power from the left side of the plate.
He hit .420 this season. He has committed to Mississippi State.
Round 9 (264th pick): CF Mark Laird, Louisiana State
He has good speed, but lacks power.
Laird (6-foot-2, 173 pounds) played the corners in college, but the Phillies see him as a center fielder. He has hit .323 with nine doubles, one triple, one home run, 23 RBIs, a .379 slugging percentage and a .390 on-base percentage. He stole 23 bases in 29 attempts.
Round 10 (294th pick): 3B Josh Tobias, Florida
Tobias hit .373 with 14 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 41 RBIs, a .557 slugging percentage and a .447 on-base percentage as a senior.
He is listed at 5-foot-9, 205 pounds.
The Draft concludes tomorrow, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 on MLB.com beginning at noon ET.