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Two-sport star Sweaney drafted by Phillies

On Friday, Jake Sweaney was the second catcher the Phillies took in their first five picks after selecting Andrew Knapp in the second round on Thursday.

Sweaney is a two-sport star, having caught 14 touchdown passes as a wide receiver and picked off six passes as a defensive back for Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield, Calif. Football kept him from attending many showcase events this summer, but he impressed scouts who watched him this spring.

Per's scouting report: "He is still learning behind the plate, but between his athleticism and strong arm, he has the tools to become a solid defender. Sweaney has a compact swing and a chance to develop more power as he begins to focus on baseball and fills out his 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. He is committed to Oregon."

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