2012 MLB Draft Reaction: ESPN's Keith Law Says Philadelphia Phillies Drafted For 'Upside'

The Philadelphia Phillies made their 2012 MLB Draft selections with an eye on upside, writes ESPN analyst Keith Law in his NL draft reaction.

Summary: The Phillies went after -- wait for it -- upside. Shane Watson (1) has one of the better curveballs in the class and sits in the low 90s, although there's some stiffness to him that reminded me a little of Joe Blanton. Mitch Gueller (1) was a two-way player in high school, a good athlete who would sit 91-93 and has a chance for three average or better pitches. Dylan Cozens (2) is quite a story, a football/baseball guy who was kicked off one high school team after a physical altercation with his coach; he's an athletic left-handed hitter who probably wouldn't have made my own top 200. Alec Rash (3) is up to 95 with a good body and delivery, and a very fresh arm as an Iowa kid without many innings behind him. Zach Green (4) isn't a shortstop long term, but if you buy the bat, you might see a third baseman with some pop. Kevin Brady (10) would have gone higher had he not missed May with a hamstring strain; before that he was 90-94 with some downhill plane and a big, durable body.

For more on the MLB Draft and the Phillies, please be sure to check out our blog The Good Phight and SB Nation Philly. Stay tuned to the indispensable Baseball Nation for even more updates and analysis from the 2012 MLB Draft.

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