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Phils stock up on position players on Day 2

Phils stock up on position players on Day 2

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Phils stock up on position players on Day 2
PHILADELPHIA -- Marti Wolever, the Phillies' assistant general manager of amateur scouting, said before the 2012 First-Year Player Draft that he hoped to draft some offensive players.

On the first day of the Draft on Monday, the Phillies spent both of their picks on 18-year-old right-handed pitchers out of high school in Shane Watson (Lakewood High School in California) and Mitchell Gueller (W.F. West High School in Washington). So naturally, the Phillies spent nine of their 15 second-day picks on position players, including five collegiate hitters.

"I thought we had a chance to add some power to the system," Wolever said after the conclusion of the Draft's second day, which included Rounds 2-15. "I think we did it today."

The Phillies' philosophy in regard to the Draft has treated them well over the years. Wolever said his philosophy is to draft high-ceiling athletes with aptitude, work ethic and, of course, athleticism.

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"And if they have those ingredients," Wolever said, "we think they've got a chance."

Round 2, 77th overall, OF Dylan Cozens: A power-hitting left-handed bat from Arizona, Cozens hit a state-leading 19 home runs this season, breaking his high school record of 13 set by current Major Leaguer Paul Konerko. He led his school to victory with an opposite-field walk-off homer in the Division I state title game.

Round 2, 95th overall, RHP Alec Rash: The 76th-ranked prospect in MLB.com's Top 100 Draft Prospects, Rash, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound hurler from Desoto Minburn High School in Iowa, throws hard and is said to be very athletic, but raw. He is committed to play baseball at Missouri.

Round 3, 125th overall, SS/3B Zachary Green: A shortstop from Jesuit High School in Sacramento, Calif., Green batted .417 with 21 runs scored and 15 RBIs this season. An Oklahoma State signee, Green is said to have great range as an infielder.

Round 4, 158th overall, 1B Christopher Serritella: Serritella, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound left-handed-hitting first baseman, was recently named a Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-American. He won the Missouri Valley Conference batting title with a .389 average as a junior this season.

Round 5, 188th overall, OF Andrew Pullin: The Phillies are going to try to convert the left-handed-hitting Pullin, an Oregon signee, into a second baseman. They like his makeup and aptitude.

Round 6, 218th overall, 3B Cameron Perkins: A 6-foot-5, 205-pound third baseman known for his power, Perkins led the Big Ten with 61 RBIs this season. He was a unanimous selection to the all Big Ten first team.

Round 7, 248th overall, LHP Hoby Milner: As a junior at Texas this past season, the 6-foot-3 southpaw went 7-4 with a 2.64 ERA with a 68:19 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Milner's father, Brian, played in the Blue Jays' system for five years.

Round 8, 278th overall, C Josh Ludy: Ludy, a right-handed bat from Baylor, is hitting .368 with 15 home runs and 69 RBIs in his senior season and is a Big 12 Player of the Year candidate. Ludy helped the Bears advance to the 2012 NCAA Waco Super Regional this weekend.

Round 9, 308th overall, RHP Jordan Guth: The 6-foot-5, 200-pound hurler from Wisconsin-Milwaukee was 0-3 with six saves and a 3.27 ERA this season.

Round 10, 338th overall, RHP Kevin Brady: Brady was 1-3 with a 2.54 ERA in his junior season at Clemson. His 9.87 strikeouts per nine innings and strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.89 rank third in school history.

Round 11, 368th overall, 3B/1B William Carmona: Carmona is hitting .393 with 12 homers and 70 RBIs at SUNY Stony Brook this season. The 6-foot, 220-pound Carmona led his team to its first regional title on Monday.

Round 12, 398th overall, OF Zachary Taylor: Taylor hit .373 with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs for Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.

Round 13, 428th overall, CF Steven Golden: Golden, just 17, is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound outfielder from St. Francis High School in California.

Round 14, 458th overall, RHP Richard Bielski: Another 17-year-old, Bielski is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds and has been described as having a power arm.

Round 15, 488th overall, RHP Zach Cooper: Cooper compiled a 7-5 record with a 2.82 ERA in 108 1/3 innings for Central Michigan. He was a first team Mid-American Conference selection.

Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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