Collegians, southpaws highlight Phils' Draft
High schoolers mark only 15 of 50 picks; 11 lefty hurlers taken
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies added seven left-handed pitchers and three catchers Wednesday in the final 20 rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, addressing two areas of need that scouting director Marty Wolevar outlined on Sunday.
Sticking mostly with college players -- only 15 of the team's 50 total picks were high schoolers -- the Phillies selected 10 pitchers, three backstops, three outfielders and four infielders on Day 3.
There were three local selections. Mike Francisco, a left-handed reliever from Villanova, was taken in the 45th round. Carlos Alonso, a third baseman from the University of Delaware, was taken in the 32nd round, while Bob Stump, a catcher from West Chester (Pa.) University, was taken in the 33rd round.
Alonso hit .389 with 16 home runs and 47 RBIs in 51 games, Stumpo hit .305 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs in 53 games, and Francisco was 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA and seven saves as a junior for the Wildcats this season.
The Phillies began the Draft with a left-handed starter, taking Jesse Biddle with the No. 27 overall pick on Monday. In total, Philadelphia selected 11 left-handers -- something Wolevar said he would be concentrating on before the Draft began.
The Phils also added five catchers, including third-rounder Cameron Rupp out of the University of Texas. Jim Klocke, a catcher out of Southeast Missouri State taken in the 31st round, was named the Ohio Valley Conference's Male Athlete of the Year after hitting .370 with 13 home runs and 66 RBIs in 55 games this season.
Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.