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MLB Draft 2011: Phillies Draft Philosophy

The Phillies do not own a first round pick in next week's MLB draft, so they've been shut out of a lot of the speculation about the top names and the various mock drafts. However, ESPN recently did a piece looking back at the general strategy of every National League team and how they have worked the draft. Here's what they had to say about the Phils.

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The Phillies have drafted upside for years but went for signability with local prepster Jesse Biddle in 2010. In a deeper class this time around, Wolever may get back to his risk strategy, though such a plan hasn't turned up a lot of big leaguers in the earlier rounds. Philly leans toward the high school player, but mixed it up a year ago. There are indications that Wolver and the front office are more open to the college player this time around. Stay tuned.

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The Phillies first pick will come at #39 in Comp Round A. The pick came as compensation for the Nationals signing Jayson Werth. They also received the Nationals' 66th overall pick for Werth, while their own pick is the final of the second round.

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