PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies opened and finished the second day of the 2017 Draft on Tuesday the same way they started and finished Day 1 on Monday. They selected college players.The Phillies selected six college, one high school and, interestingly, one player without a school affiliation on Tuesday. They believe
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies opened and finished the second day of the 2017 Draft on Tuesday the same way they started and finished Day 1 on Monday. They selected college players.
The Phillies selected six college, one high school and, interestingly, one player without a school affiliation on Tuesday. They believe they will be able to sign each of those eight picks.
"We were taking the best players today," Phillies amateur scouting director Johnny Almaraz said, asked if the club focused on college talent.
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Here is a look at Day 2:
Round 3 (83rd overall): RHP Connor Seabold, Cal State Fullerton
Seabold averaged 1.6 walks and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings his junior season, going 11-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 17 starts. He walked 22 and struck out 120 in 122 2/3 innings.
Seabold's ability to throw strikes sounds a little like former Cal State Fullerton pitcher Thomas Eshelman, who is 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in seven starts this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Eshelman, whom the Phillies acquired in December 2015 from Houston in the Ken Giles trade, led Division I in fewest walks per nine innings as a freshman (0.2), sophomore (0.6) and junior (0.5), establishing new records for a single season and a career (0.4).
"He's a lot like Eshelman, but with a lot more stuff," Almaraz said. "He has more power to him. He's a very good pitcher. He's somebody that could be a very quick mover."
MLB.com ranked Seabold the No. 188 prospect in the Draft. He and his Fullerton teammates will play in the College World Series this weekend.
Round 4 (113th overall): 3B Jake Scheiner, University of Houston
Scheiner had not been known for his power in the past, but he hit .346 with 18 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 64 RBIs, a .432 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage as a junior. He tied for 21st in Division I in home runs after hitting a career-high eight last year with Santa Rosa Junior College (Calif.).
It will be interesting to see if Scheiner, the American Athletic Conference co-Player of the Year, carries that power into his professional career.
"We believe he's a legitimate third baseman that has really good defensive ability and a really good arm," Almaraz said. "He has outstanding power and has chance to hit for average and power."
Round 5 (143rd overall): LHP Ethan Lindow, Locust Grove (Ga.) High School
It seems safe to say Lindow is one of those players who was selected because of how he projects in the future. At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, he figures to get bigger and stronger. Lindow's fastball reached 92 mph this season, and he also throws a curveball and a changeup. He posted a 0.97 ERA in 57 2/3 innings, striking out 97 and walking 18.
Lindow has committed to play baseball at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Round 6 (173rd overall): SS Dalton Guthrie, University of Florida
Guthrie is the son of former big league pitcher Mark Guthrie, who played for eight teams over 15 seasons. Dalton hit .272 with eight doubles, four home runs and 22 RBIs his junior year. He had a .349 on-base percentage, but just a .358 slugging percentage.
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Round 7 (203rd overall): SS Nick Maton, Lincoln Land CC (Ill.)
Maton hit .408 with 13 doubles, eight triples, eight home runs, 46 RBIs and a 1.229 OPS in 169 at-bats this season. He had 34 walks and 27 strikeouts.
The Athletics selected Maton in the 40th round of the 2015 Draft, but he did not sign. He made the Ohio Valley Conference's All-Freshman Team in '16. Maton is regarded as a good defender with the chance to hit for more power.
Round 8 (233rd overall): LHP Jhordany Mezquita, no school
Mezquita was announced as being from Hazleton, Pa., but he is from the Dominican Republic. He was declared ineligible for the international signing period, but eligible for the Draft.
Round 9 (263rd overall): 3B Jack Zoellner, University of New Mexico
Zoellner hit .368 with 19 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, 56 RBIs, a .433 on-base percentage and a .573 slugging percentage in 193 at-bats this year. The senior broke his right hand in May, prematurely ending his season. Zoellner played first base with New Mexico, but the Phillies listed him as a third baseman.
"Our area scout Brad Holland, who is a tremendous scout, identified him as a third baseman and believes he's a future power-hitting third baseman," Almaraz said.
Round 10 (293rd overall): RHP Connor Brogdon, Lewis-Clark State
Brogdon went 8-1 with a 2.91 ERA and one save in 15 appearances (12 starts). He walked 25 and struck out 99 in 80 1/3 innings.
"Big right-handed pitcher with a power fastball that we feel is a really good prospect and a potential starter," Almaraz said.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.