4.) The 1st Pick in the 2016 MLB Draft is Ours
In a bit of a continuation on the previous page, let’s continue to discuss the rebuild. The Phillies narrowly avoided the 100-loss threshold this season by finishing 63-99. However, this record still nets them the first overall pick in the upcoming MLB Amateur Draft.
The results from having the first overall pick, have been hit-or-miss to say the least. When teams have hit on picks, they’ve developed into superstars such as Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez, David Price, Bryce Harper, or most recently, Carlos Correa. But, when teams fail to hit, they do so in disastrous fashion. Players such as Matt Bush and Steve Chilcott serve as examples of disastrous first-overall picks. Both players have been labeled as major busts, failing to even achieve their big league debuts. Chilcott suffered a shoulder injury, that eventually resulted in his retirement. Meanwhile, Bush never made it past Double-A, as a result of a laundry list of legal charges.
The upcoming class of rookies, is expected to have a number of interesting choices. A large pool of starters lead the pack, with University of Florida hurler A.J. Puk heading the list.
With a little over six months until the draft in June, the Phillies will have plenty of time to study up and do their research. Heaven knows, that they’ll need to use every last second to ensure that they make the right pick, as this team’s rebuilding process cannot afford a setback.