Phils hopeful, but yet to sign top Draft picks

Phils hopeful, but yet to sign top Draft picks

Phils hopeful, but yet to sign top Draft picks
PHILADELPHIA -- The night the Phillies drafted Larry Greene, he spoke quietly, but said he thought he would sign a contract with the Phillies.

They're still waiting.

Teams have until 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday to come to terms with their draftees, meaning official notification has to be in the Commissioner's Office when the clock strikes midnight. A team that does not sign its first- or second-round pick will receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 Draft. That selection will come at the same slot, plus one. In other words, if a team doesn't sign the No. 9 overall pick, it would receive the No. 10 pick -- technically 9A -- the following year. A team does not receive a 2012 pick if it does not come to terms with a selection made with a compensation pick this year.

That last sentence is critical for the Phillies because Greene, who is an outfielder, is a compensation pick. If Greene does not sign, they lose him and they don't get a chance to recoup the pick next year. Second-round pick Roman Quinn also is unsigned.

"We're hopeful they'll sign," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Amaro offered no hints as to why they have been unable to sign their top two picks, but they certainly could use them after shipping their top two prospects -- pitcher Jarred Cosart and first baseman Jonathan Singleton -- plus two other prospects to Houston last month for Hunter Pence.

Greene, 18, hit .562 with 11 doubles, one triple, 19 home runs, 52 RBIs, 58 runs scored and 13 stolen bases this season for Berrien County High School in Nashville, Ga. Greene, who is 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, earned a football scholarship to Alabama, but he will play baseball.

He has committed to Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.