Phillies draftee is a high school righthander

The team selected pitcher Shane Watson from Lakewood, Calif., with its first pick.

Posted: June 06, 2012

The Phillies selected Shane Watson, a righthander from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Calif., with their initial pick of Monday's first-year player draft. The 6-foot-4 Watson was selected in the compensation round, the 40th overall pick.

He was 4-3 with an ERA of 1.19 as a senior this year.

The Phillies received two first-day picks in the compensation round, No. 40 and No. 54. The 40th pick was for losing Ryan Madson, who signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds. The 54th choice was compensation for Raul Ibanez, who signed with the New York Yankees.

The Phillies lost their first-round pick, No. 31 overall, for signing Jonathan Papelbon from the Boston Red Sox. (Boston selected University of Florida lefthander Brian Johnson).

There were new rules for this year's draft. The Phillies were allotted $4.9 million to sign their 12 top-10 picks. Teams that go above this budget could either pay a luxury tax, forfeit draft picks, or both, depending how much over the budget they spend.

MLB's recommended value for the No. 40 pick is $1,291,300 and for the No. 54 pick is $940,200.

Phillies assistant general manager Marti Wolever was named the team's director of scouting on Oct. 16, 2011, the Phillies have taken a college player with their first pick three times - Joe Savery in 2007, Mike Costanzo in 2005 and Tim Moss in 2003. Of those three, only Savery was a first round selection.

Last season, the Phillies first choice was the 39th selection and they drafted high school outfielder Larry Greene.

The Phillies haven't had a first round pick since 2010 when they selected Jesse Biddle, a lefthander from Germantown Friends who recently was named to the Florida State League all-star team while pitching for single-A Clearwater. Biddle was chosen with the 27th selection of the first round.

Carlos Correa, a 17-year-old shortstop from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, was the first overall selection by the Houston Astros. Byron Buxton, an outfielder from Georgia's Appling County High School, was the second pick, by the Minnesota Twins.

Monmouth righthander Pat Light went 37th overall to the Boston Red Sox.

Of the 31 first round picks, 17 were from high school and 14 from college.

The 40-round draft continues Tuesday and will conclude on Wednesday.

Contact Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225, or @sjnard on Twitter.

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