Phils could go college route early in Draft

Phils could go college route early in Draft

PHILADELPHIA -- Since the Phillies selected Pat Burrell with the first pick in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, they have used 11 of their next 13 selections in the first and supplemental rounds on high school players.

Just two players attended college: Chase Utley (2000) and Joe Savery (2007).

But because the Phillies are without a first-round selection in this year's Draft, they might lean toward a more polished college player. The Phillies pick 40th and 54th overall.

Live coverage of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft begins with a one-hour preview show on Monday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB.com and MLB Network, followed by the first round and supplemental compensation round.

"We'd like to get some more offensive players," Phillies assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever said. "We did a pretty good job of that last year. It's always about balance for me. Everyone always says, 'Marti, you're a high-ceiling guy.' I certainly am. But on the flip side, you forget about a lot of guys over the years, from Jason Donald ... college guys that are a little further along and may not have quite the ceiling as the high school guys do, but they're going to be good Major League players. That's how we look at it.

"We've been here since Monday when we started the [pre-Draft] meetings. We tried to identify some weaknesses in the organization, depth-wise. We like to have a little bit of everything. But I would like offensive players. There are a couple kids we've targeted. If they're there and it's a fit, we'll look there first. If not, we'll probably go to the pitching board and see what we can find there."