July 18, 2022
The Phillies went for a high school outfielder Sunday night with the 17th overall pick in the MLB Draft, hoping that Justin Crawford could buck the trend of their recent first round outfielders all winding up awfully disappointing.
The team sent Mickey Moniak to the minors before the All-Star break this weekend, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 who has been up and down quite a bit, unable to find a major league swing. He's out-lasted Cornelius Randolph and Adam Haseley, two more first round outfielders who have flamed out.
Crawford has pedigree, thanks in part to his big league father Carl. He's just 18 and will have ample time to develop on the farm.
Who will join him in this year's draft class? The Phillies lost their second round pick due to a busy offseason that saw them sigh Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber to big contracts. But they'll be back on the clock in the third round and will be selecting until Round 10 Monday afternoon.
|Round 1||Justin Crawford, OF||Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas|
|Round 3||Gabriel Rincones Jr., OF||Florida Atlantic University|
|Round 4||Alex McFarlane, P||University of Miami|
|Round 5||Orion Kerkering, P||South Florida|
|Round 6||Mavis Graves, P||Eastside HS (SC)|
|Round 7||Caleb Ricketts, C||University of San Diego|
|Round 8||Alex Rao, P||Notre Dame|
|Round 9||Chad Castillo, OF||California Baptist|
|Round 10||Gustavo Sosa, C||South Mountain CC|
The Phillies will make 8 more picks on Day 3 Tuesday in the event that has been sliced in half (it used to be 40 rounds). You can follow it all right here with our live stream and open thread below:
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