Phils go after 'high-ceiling athletes'
Club focuses on college players after first two selections
PHILADELPHIA -- Day 1 of Philadelphia's 2006 First-Year Player Draft began with the son of a 13-year Major Leaguer, and ended with the son of the team's pitching coach.From Kyle Drabek at No. 18 overall to Michael Dubee at No. 547, the Phillies selected 19 players on Tuesday who share similar dreams of playing in the big leagues. "We're excited about all of them," said Marti Wolever, the Phillies' director of scouting. "We got some high-ceiling athletes who have a chance to be special." The haul started with Drabek, considered by some to be the draft's most talented player. He's the son of former National League Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek. After selecting a high school pitcher and a high school shortstop with their first two picks, the Phillies skewed more toward polished players, going for college talent with 12 of their next 17 selections. Philadelphia chose a total of seven outfielders, five infielders, six right-handed pitchers and one lefty pitcher. As with any draft, the Phillies selected a few high-risk, high-reward types, and possibly the next Chase Utley in high school player Adrian Cardenas. A shortstop at Monsignor Edward Pace High School, Carderas projects as a second baseman. "When we first met Adrian, he said, 'I can hit like Chase Utley,' Wolever said. "When we watched him, I agreed. He's very similar in that regard. That's a big statement on my behalf. He's got a chance to be a good offensive player." Some of the risks include players like D'Arby Myers, Darin McDonald and Riley Cooper, who have scholorships to play college football. The Phillies thought the upside was worth the risk. Here's a round-by-round list of Tuesday's selections after Drabek: Adrian Cardenas, SS, Monsignor Edward Pace High School, Fla., supplemental first round (No. 37 overall):
Scouts came to see teammate Chris Marrero, but were impressed with Cardenas. The lefty swinger provides tremendous power for a middle infielder, and profiles as a second baseman.Andrew Carpenter, RHP, Cal St. Long Beach, second round (65):
Said Wolever: "He's really come on this year. Throws strikes and have good stuff."
Round 3: Jason Donald, SS, U. of Arizona, third round (97):
Viewed as a fine defensive player, Donald went in the 20th round in 2003 as a high school senior. He ended this season with a 26-game hitting streak.Round 4: D'Arby Myers, OF Westchester High School, Calif., fourth round (127):
The Phillies love his upside, and they hope he chooses professional baseball over college football.Quintin Berry, OF, San Diego State University, fifth round (157):
A speedy outfielder who makes consistent contact. Projects as a slap hitter in the mold of the Cubs' Juan Pierre.Daniel Brauer, LHP, Northwestern University, sixth round (187) Charlie Yarbrough, 1B, Eastern Kentucky University, seventh round (217) Terrance Warren, OF, Bethel High School, eighth round (247):
Said Wolever: "He was in the workout [last] weekend and did very well. He can really run, and has a chance to hit." Andrew Cruse (277), RHP, U. of South Carolina (Columbia), ninth round (277) Samuel Walls, RHP, North Carolina State University, 10th round (307) Jarrod Freeman, RHP, Alta High School, Utah, 11th round (337) Darin McDonald, OF, Cherry Creek High School, Colo., 12th round (367): He's likely headed to Idaho State to play football as a cornerback. The Phillies like his size and makeup. Zachary Penprase, SS, Mississippi Valley State University, 13th round (397)
Kenneth Milner, OF, University of Kansas, 14th round (427)
Riley Cooper, OF, Clearwater Central Catholic (HS), Fla., 15th round (457):
He has a scholarship to play football at the University of Florida.Cody Montgomery, 3B, Dallas Baptist University, 16th round (487)
Jay Miller, OF, Washington State University, 17th round (517)
Dubee, RHP, Okaloosa Walton Community College (Fla.), 18th round (547:)
Said Wolever: "Our area scouts had seen him pitch this year. We think he's headed in the right direction. He really knows how to pitch, and has a great instructor in his father. We think he has a chance to be on this staff someday."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.