MLB Draft: Every Phillies Pick from Day 2 (R3-R10)
Day 2 of the MLB Draft took place on Monday, where the Phillies selected 8 total players.
Justin Crawford was taken on Sunday night with the 17th overall pick, the only pick that the Phillies had on the first day, as they gave their second-round pick up to acquire Nick Castellanos back in the offseason. Click here to read more about Crawford, who is a fascinating, quick outfielder set up for a big future with the Phillies.
MLB Draft Day 2: Phillies Selections
Gabriel Rincones Jr (OF): 93rd Pick
The Phillies’ first pick following their 1st rounder was a 6’4, power-hitting outfielder from Florida Atlantic University. Rincones hit .346 last year, with 19 HRs and 69 RBIs, pushing him to the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year Award.
Gabriel was drafted in the 19th round of the 2021 draft by the San Diego Padres, but decided to head to Florida Atlantic after a standout year in JUCO ball. Gabriel’s bat is his strength, but some are worried about his speed.
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Alex McFarlane (RHP): 122nd Pick
Alex McFarlane was the Phillies 4th round pick, and was one of my favorite picks of the draft. He was a starter down at the University of Miami, with a FB/CH/SL split. He’s a high velocity guy, but does have trouble with command issues, which leads me to believe that the Phillies have a developmental plan to become a reliever.
McFarlane, who’s a whopping 6’4 on the mound, had a great 2022 season at UMiami. He tallied a 4.00 ERA in 45 total innings, with 68 strikeouts.
Orion Kerkering (RHP): 152nd Pick
The Phillies 5th round pick might not be the best player they took, but he for sure has the best name. Orion Kerkering was selected by the Phillies with the 152nd pick out of the University of South Florida.
His 2022 season wasn’t pretty based on his ERA (5.72), but his strikeout numbers, along with his spin rates and pitch movement, were great. He K’d 91 batters in 61.2 total innings, specifically with his disgusting slider that’s shown in the video above.
Mavis Graves (LHP): 182nd Pick
Mavis Graves stands at a whopping 6 feet 6 inches on the mound, and is listed as a LHP/LF, due to his elite approach at the plate as well as his pitching.
Graves was committed to play at Clemson next spring, but at just 19 years old, will be a big development process for the Phils, as he holds some concerning command issues. Graves hit .346 at the plate in 2022 with 25 RBIs and 8 HRs.
Caleb Ricketts (C): 212th Pick
The Phillies first senior taken was Caleb Ricketts, who was drafted out of the University of San Diego. Ricketts struggled his first three seasons out west but dominated his senior season, slashing .373/.423/.658 with 16 HRs and an OPS of 1.081.
Alex Rao (RHP): 242nd Pick
The Phillies took another senior in the next round, drafting Alex Rao with the 243rd pick out of Notre Dame.
Another tall reliever for the Phils, Rao sits at 6’4. He’s just 22 years old and has a nice split change, along with his fastball. He threw 3.2 shutout innings against powerhouse Tennessee in the CWS.
Chad Castillo (OF): 272nd Pick
Castillo is more of a corner outfielder but had a standout 2022 season with California Baptist University. He slashed .386/.442/.635 on the year.
Castillo was the fourth highest-drafted player in California Baptist History.
Gustavo Sosa (C): 302nd Pick
The Phillies’ final pick on Day 2 was Gustavo Sosa, the 302nd pick in the draft.
Sosa slashed a .337 average last year with South Mountain Community College, with 13 doubles, 9 HRs, 37 RBIs, and 24 walks. Sosa turned 21 on Sunday.