The Phillies draft a left fielder in the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft
The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Ethan Wilson in the second round of the MLB Draft today. Wilson, the Sun Belt Conference player of the year in 2019 was considered one of the best all-around college hitters in the MLB Draft this year.
In 2021, the 6-foot-1, 210 pound Ethan Wilson was a first team All-Sun Belt Conference pick. He batted .318/.419/.528 with 13 doubles, four triples, eight home runs, and 34 RBI. Wilson helped lead the South Alabama Jaguars to the Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament championships and to the championship game of the NCAA’s Gainesville Regional.
Last night, the Phillies drafted Andrew Painter, a right-handed pitcher from Calvary Christian HS (Florida) with the 13th overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
The Phillies drafting an outfielder is interesting because they have gone through so many failed experiments over the last few years. In centerfield alone, Roman Quinn, Scott Kingery, Adam Haseley, and Mickey Moniak have all failed to take control of the position. Right now, Odubel Herrera is in center field and has been streaky this season. Given his history with the team, it’s unlikely he will be back after his contract ends. Harper will hold down right field and Cutch is getting pretty old. Left field and center field should give Wilson a shot in the coming years.
Ethan Wilson will definitely be given the opportunity to play and move up the ladder quickly in the Phillies minor leagues. Like everyone else, it will depend on how fast he develops.
Mandatory Credit: Baseball America