The MLB Draft is over, and the Phillies seemed to do OK: They took a shortstop in the first round who says he is “pretty confident” he’ll sign soon and is open to a conversion to the outfield. They took 27 college players and 13 high school ones. And at the end of the draft’s third day today, they took several players who are related to people who work for the team.
The Phillies took relatives of the general manager, the AAA manager, a former player coaching the team’s AA affiliate and an announcer. Let’s look at it in a table:
|35th||Andrew Amaro||OF||Ruben Amaro's nephew|
|38th||Beau Brundage||SS||Dave Brundage's son|
|39th||Griffin Morandini||CF||Mickey Morandini's son|
|40th||Tommy McCarthy||3B||Tom McCarthy's son|
|50th||Joseph Phanatic||LHP||Phillie Phanatic's son|
|75th||Ryan Smith||1B||Friend of ticket-taker|
|102nd||Arnold Thompson||SS||Lucky season-ticket holder|
Okay, I may have made up those last three picks. If only they were true!
The Phillies were participating in a great baseball tradition today in, at least, those last two picks of their draft (48th and 49th). It is customary in baseball circles to draft people as favors. Here’s why: The MLB draft goes a max of 40 rounds. A team can even “pass” on picking in a round. So, teams figure, why not do something nice for a relative of someone in the organization? Read more »