Phils add pitchers, catchers

Posted: June 08, 2012

THE PHILLIES focused on pitching and adding depth at catcher on the final day of the baseball draft Wednesday.

Seven of their first eight selections were pitchers, and they picked 19 pitchers among their 25 picks. They also selected three additional catchers, and four total during the 3-day draft.

In all, the Phillies selected 27 pitchers with their 42 picks. The draft was trimmed from 50 rounds to 40 this year as part of several changes under the new collective bargaining agreement.

The Phillies selected college players with nine of their final 12 picks on Day 2 and selected college players with seven of their first 10 picks on Day 3.

Their run on pitching on Day 3 began in the 16th round with 6-7 righthander Nicholas Hanson from Golden West, a junior college in Huntington Beach, Calif. Hanson went 5-5 in 14 starts this season with a 4.70 ERA.

The lone position player selected by the Phillies in their first eight picks Wednesday was Arkansas shortstop Tim Carver at No. 608 overall in the 19th round. He hit .338 this season with two home runs and 22 RBI.

Their first catcher of the day was Chad Carman from Oklahoma City University in the 24th round. Carman is a two-time NAIA All-American who hit .383 with 19 doubles, 11 homers and 50 RBI this season. His 88 hits were 13th in all of NAIA.

They also selected Darrell Miller Jr., from Servite High in Anaheim, Calif., in Round 34 and Charles Galliano, from Commack High on Long Island in Round 36.

Miller's father, who is the brother of basketball players Reggie and Cheryl, played for the Angels and is now the vice president of youth and facility development for Major League Baseball. Miller Jr. is a UCLA signee. Galliano has signed with Fordham.

The Phillies had selected Baylor catcher Josh Ludy, the Big 12 Player of the Year, in the eighth round.

Other notables from Day 3:

* In the 20th round, the Phillies chose junior righthander Matthew Sisto from the University of Hawaii. He is 6-5 and went 8-4 with a 3.46 ERA in 14 starts for the Rainbows.

* In the 28th round, the selection was Virginia Tech 6-4 lefthander Joseph Mantiply. He went 5-6 this season with a 3.53 ERA.

* In the 30th round, righthander Jordan Kipper from Central Arizona College was the choice. He went 9-2 with a 2.06 ERA.

The next hurdle for teams is signing players in the compressed time window. The signing deadline has been moved up from Aug. 15 to July 13.

Southern Illinois first baseman Chris Serritella, who was selected by the Phillies with the 158th pick overall as their first college pick of the draft, had dinner with a Phillies representative to work out a contract hours after his selection on Tuesday. Serritella will pass up his senior year.

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