The Philadelphia Phillies have the first overall pick in MLB’s free agent amateur draft that begins on Thursday, but unlike most years there is not an obvious player who profiles out to be a future superstar.
When a team goes through the embarrassment of having the worst overall record in baseball as the Phillies did last year, it is often strong consolation that with the first overall pick there's a chance to get a future Hall of Famer.
The Nationals celebrated months before the 2009 draft because they knew they would use the No. 1 overall pick on Stephen Strasburg. By season’s end of that same year, the Nationals knew the following June they would land Bryce Harper with the No. 1 overall pick. Those two drafts' picks changed the future of the Washington Nationals.
Unfortunately for the Phillies, this year there are no players the caliber of Strasburg or Harper in this draft. The other issue with this draft: There isn't a clear choice among the top three picks. According to several clubs, as many as six different players are presently atop the 30 teams' draft boards as of this morning.
Therefore, where do the Phillies go? Whom should they select? Here is a breakdown of the six candidates and who fit best for the Phils with their first overall pick.