Reading the tea leaves is an inexact science but NBC Sports Philadelphia, Phillies beat writer, Jim Salisbury is the best read to follow for the latest in Phillies thinking. He is reporting that the Phillies are looking for starting pitching in the Draft. Read HERE.
Salisbury is reporting that a couple of top college pitchers could be available when the Phillies pick. They are Oklahoma right-hander Cade Cavalli and Tennessee lefty Garrett Crochet. The Phillies have been looking for a lefty starter since Cole Hamels. Crochet looks like he could be the favorite if he is available with the 15th pick. See HERE.
The last pitcher the Phillies took with their top pick was current ace Aaron Nola in the 2014 Draft. The last five Phillies first round draft picks have been position players. Of them, only outfielder Adam Haseley has appeared in a major-league game.
The Phillies need to look for a lefty starter at some point to team up with Spencer Howard who is by far and away the best right-handed starting pitching prospect in the organization.
We will all know for sure who the Phillies No. 1 pick will be Wednesday night!