Phils fill in the blanks with second-day choices

Among the Phillies' second-day draft picks was University of Alabama pitcher Adam Morgan. (Patrick Collard/AP file photo)
Among the Phillies' second-day draft picks was University of Alabama pitcher Adam Morgan. (Patrick Collard/AP file photo)
Posted: June 08, 2011

And on the second day, the Phillies filled some needs and drafted some interesting names.

Scouting director Marti Wolever followed up the first-day selection of high school outfielder Larry Greene by making 30 more selections Tuesday.

Going into the first-year player draft, Wolever identified middle infielders, catchers, and lefthanded pitchers as organizational needs, and his first pick of the day early in the second round was shortstop Roman Quinn from Port St. Joe High School in the Florida panhandle.

Quinn, the 66th overall selection, was the first of five shortstops taken by the Phillies. Three of the five were high school players, including Tyler Greene, a projected second-round pick by Baseball America who the Phillies were able to get in the 11th round. He is not related to former Phillies Tyler Green or Tommy Greene.

"Tyler Greene probably has as much ability tools-wise as anybody [the Phillies drafted]," Wolever said. "He just had a real difficult year with the bat, but he has a lot of ability."

Greene played at West Boca Raton High School in Florida and has a scholarship to the University of Georgia.

Four picks before the Phillies selected Quinn, the Seattle Mariners drafted shortstop Brad Miller, the ACC player of the year from Clemson. The Phillies were more interested in Quinn, who was listed as a centerfielder by Baseball America, but also played shortstop and second base at Port St. Joe. He is a switch-hitter who, according to scouts, has decent power and great speed. He ran 6.35 seconds in the 60-yard dash. Quinn has a scholarship to Florida State.

"We worked him out at shortstop . . . and after the workout we think he can play there," Wolever said. "He is an 80 runner on a scale of 80, he has an above-average arm, and he has a little pop in his bat, so we're pretty excited about that."

The three other shortstops taken by the Phillies were Mitchell Walding, a high school shortstop from California, Jake Overbey from the University School of Jackson in Tennessee, and Taylor Black from the University of Kentucky. Wolever said Walding could move to third base.

Wolever also selected three college catchers - Zach Wright from East Carolina in the sixth round, Logan Moore from Northeastern Junior College in the ninth round, and John Hill from Concordia University in the 19th round - and a high school catcher - Riley Moore from California in the 21st round.

The top two lefthanded pitchers taken by the Phillies were Adam Morgan from the University of Alabama and Austin Wright from the University of Mississippi. Morgan was taken in the third round and Wright in the eighth round.

The Phillies' scouting director did not describe third base as a position of need before the draft, but he selected four third basemen on the second day, including third-round pick Harold Martinez from the University of Miami.

"Harold Martinez is a guy I've seen since high school," Wolever said. "He's got some power, so he kind of profiles for the position."

The Phillies used their 29th-round selection to take Penn's Paul Cusick, a righthander who was named the Ivy League pitcher of the year. Cusick is from Salesianum High School in Wilmington.

The most intriguing name the Phillies selected on the second day was Ryan Garvey, the son of former big-leaguer Steve Garvey. Ryan Garvey, taken in the 15th round, is an outfielder and has a scholarship to play at Southern California.

"That was not taken just because he is Steve Garvey's son," Wolever said. "I saw him play late in the year, and he's got a chance to hit."


Contact staff writer Bob Brookover at bbrookover@phillynews.com or @brookob on Twitter.

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