The Phillies lose five of their final seven games to coast into the offseason. There was one positive that came from all of that.
For the first time since 2001, the Phillies have a Top-10 pick in the MLB Draft. With their 73-89 record, third worst in the National League, the Phillies claimed the seventh overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.
The last time the Phillies had a Top-10 pick, they selected pitcher Gavin Floyd with the fourth overall pick in 2001.
In recent history, the seventh pick has produced some sound talent that is already at the major-league level. Here are some of the players drafted seventh overall in recent seasons:
- 2002: 1B Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
- 2003: OF Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles
- 2004: RHP Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds
- 2005: SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
- 2006: LHP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
- 2009: LHP Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves
- 2010: RHP Matt Harvey, New York Mets
Obviously, that is some pretty good talent. Kershaw is quite possibly the best pitcher in baseball right now. Harvey is a star in the making. Minor is more than serviceable. Tulowitzki, Markakis and Fielder are all solid position players.
The Phillies formed their core of players during a championship run with high draft picks. Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Pat Burrell and Brett Myers were all first-round picks for the Phillies. Could this pick lead to a centerpiece to the future?
That remains to be seen, but since the Phillies posted their worst season since 2000, they get a chance to bolster the system with a top-tier pick.