The Phillies went with high school prospect for their first two picks of the 2011 MLB draft, but for their last three picks, they've delved into the college ranks. Here are the latest picks with some scouting reports.
#90 Harold Martinez, 3B, Miami
Martinez was drafted in the 19th round by the Rangers out of high school in 2008, but he elected to attend the University of Miami instead.
Martinez had a breakout sophomore season last year when he belted 21 home runs (up from nine in 2009). He batted .295 with a team-best 69 RBIs for a Hurricane team that fell to Florida in the Super Regionals. He missed the last game of that Super Regional in Gainesville due to injury and spent the summer rehabbing after surgery on his leg. Martinez had fouled several balls off the leg over the course of the season and had to have a lump removed as a result.
#120 Adam Morgan, LHP, Alabama
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound product of Kell High School in Marietta, Ga., has been a fixture in Alabama's starting rotation for three years. He is 16-14 in 47 appearances, including 43 starts, in his college career. As a freshman, Morgan was 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA. As a junior, he was 7-5 with a 6.18 ERA in a Southeastern Conference-SEC-leading 18 starts. This season, he finished with a 5-7 record and 4.64 ERA.
#151 Cody Asche, 3B, Nebraska 3B
John Sickels of Minor League Ball had this to say.
I went to the KU/Nebraska game here in Lawrence on Friday night. The main guy who caught my eye was University of Nebraska third baseman Cody Asche. There wasn't a lot of pre-season hype about him, but he stood out. He's hitting .348/.443/.705 so far with nine homers and 18 doubles, 21 walks and 22 strikeouts in 132 at-bats. That's a great statline with the new metal bat, and he looks good in person, too. He's a 6-2, 200 pound left-handed hitter, with a batting stance reminiscent of a young Alex Gordon, although he doesn't have Gordon's athleticism. Asche has some bat speed, controls the zone well, and hit a long home run off a mistake changeup from Kansas starter T.J. Walz. He's got a good arm and decent range, but his fielding percentage hovers around .900 and Big 12 observers think a move to first base will be necessary in the long run, which hurts his draft stock. Still, the bat is very interesting and he could get picked on the first day.
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