PHILADELPHIA -- Every player picked in the 2017 Draft has a story, but two Phillies selected Tuesday could not have had more different ones.The Phillies selected University of Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie in the sixth round and left-hander Jhordany Mezquita from the Dominican Republic -- yes, a player from the
PHILADELPHIA -- Every player picked in the 2017 Draft has a story, but two Phillies selected Tuesday could not have had more different ones.
The Phillies selected University of Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie in the sixth round and left-hander Jhordany Mezquita from the Dominican Republic -- yes, a player from the Dominican picked in the Draft -- in the eighth round. Both are expected to sign.
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Guthrie is the son of former big league pitcher Mark Guthrie, who played for eight teams over 15 seasons. Interestingly, Mark began his professional career pitching for the Twins from 1989-95, appearing in four games in the '91 World Series. The Twins' general manager back then? Andy MacPhail, who is the current Phillies president.
Dalton has hit .272 with eight doubles, four home runs and 22 RBIs his junior year. He has posted a .349 on-base percentage and a .358 slugging percentage entering the College World Series, which takes place this weekend. He made some highlight-reel plays at shortstop, which stuck out.
"Dalton Guthrie is a really, really good baseball player," Phillies amateur scouting director Johnny Almaraz said. "He can run, he can throw, he can play defense. He has really good bat control. We feel like he is a Major League shortstop."
Guthrie underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery in the fall, which might have affected him at the plate.
"He was dealing with a couple of tweaks here and there just like a lot of young baseball players," Almaraz said. "As he got stronger throughout the year, he started performing. We feel that the history of us scouting him throughout the year, we are getting a definite Major League player that can play in the middle of the diamond.
"He's a very successful baseball player at one of the best SEC schools in the country. We're very fortunate to have a gifted young bat like Dalton."
Mezquita, 19, did not attend a major college program. But he did attend the Phillies' academy in the Dominican. The Phillies intended to sign him as part of the international signing period, but he was ruled ineligible because he moved to Hazelton, Pa., to live with his parents and attend Hazelton High School.
"Our international department identified him," Almaraz said. "[International scouting director] Sal Agostinelli did a fabulous job on him. We knew about him and we took him. We felt like that's where the talent belonged. We got a really good left-handed pitcher with power stuff -- 90-94 [mph] with an outstanding breaking ball with an ability to pitch."
The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. ET.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.