Monday, June 07, 2004

Draft Peer | Earlier today the Phillies selected Texas high school outfielder Greg Golson with the 21st pick in the first round of the annual amateur draft. Baseball America likes the choice:

Golson's package of five tools is as attractive as any in the draft. His most obvious tool is his top-of-the-line speed. He has the bat speed and hand-eye coordination to hit for power and average. Defensively, both his range and arm are plus tools. He will need to make some offensive adjustments as a pro, as his swing is more choppy than fluid, but scouts believe he'll be able to do so.

With their minor league teams generally well stocked with arms, the Phils were said to be looking to replenish the organization's supply of position players, so Golson's selection is not a surprise. The Phillies have had some recent success in getting their high draft picks to the Show, so maybe if Ed Wade still hasn't found a leadoff hitter by 2008 or so, we'll see Golson's name penciled into the No. 1 slot. The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, took Stephen Drew, brother of old pal J.D., whom BA describes as "the best position player available" but also a guy who "doesn't play his best all the time -- only when he wants to." Sounds like a perfect Scott Boras client.


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