Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Phils take Randolph, Kingery in MLB draft

With their first selection in the 2015 amateur draft, the Phillies selected Cornelius Randolph from Griffin High School in Georgia.

A left-handed hitting shortstop, hits for both average and power. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is just a pure hitter.

One of his best attributes may be his arm strength. He has enough defensive ability to make him a long-term above average defender. His weak point might be on the base paths though as he lacks speed. So while you won’t see him stealing too many bags, he’ll be sure to help in moving the runners.

With J.P. Crawford in the fold, Randolph will likely slide over to third base, a position that is a little less challenging and should allow Randolph to rise through the Phillies system more quickly. Randolph ranked as the 19th overall prospect on MLB.com’s 2015 Top 200 draft list, while Baseball America had him ranked 20th.

In the following round, Ruben Amaro swiped University of Arizona second baseman Scott Kingery.

Kingery, standing a shade under 6-foot, is a right-handed hitter and boasts a ton of athleticism. He lacks power, but unlike first round pick Randolph, Kingery has plenty of speed and defense, which should play well at the next level.

Kingery should be a good complement to fellow Phillies prospect Roman Quinn as both show great speed on the base paths.

Kingery led the Pac-12 with a .392 batting average and was best in conference in runs scored (53), hits (93) and total bases (133). The junior also had 15 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 36 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 54 games.
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