• Steve Potter

6/4/21 : A draft comparison


A historical look at Phillies drafts - a comparison of the different eras of scouting directors from Mike Arbuckle to Brian Barber ... just the data. It’s only data, there are no miracles 🤓.


I found this quote in a Philadelphia Inquirer article when Mr Arbuckle announced his retirement from baseball last year ... interesting.


“I learned a lot immediately from Paul Owens,” Arbuckle said. “My first two years I used Pope as a sounding board for so many things, and I learned so much. One of the things Pope told me was not to worry about the rounds they come from as long as you give your general manager a player-and-a-half every year for his big-league club. He told me if I do that, I’d be doing my job. I had never quantified it in that way, but that became the standard I worked from to judge myself.”


So ... I’m gonna quantify it in those standards 🤓


Scouting Directors draft classes :

Mike Arbuckle - 1992 to 2000

Marty Wolever - 2001 to 2014 ... Arbuckle was Asst. GM - Scouting/Player Development from 2001 to 2008 ... Wolever was Scouting Director from ‘01 to ‘14

Johny Almaraz - 2015 to 2019

Brian Barber - 2020

Here’s a review by each year’s draft ... reflects the number of picks, how many signed, how many reached the major leagues ( regardless of length of time and how many other draft picks reached the upper levels of minor league baseball ( AAA & AA ). I used the Baseball Cube as my research data base ... rather than retype all of the data here I’ve only provided names of those who made it to the show ... if ya want further details please go to Baseball Cube ... it’s all there.


1992 : 35 of 49 selections signed - 4 MLB, 6 AAA, 8 AA


Larry Mitchell - RHP - 5th rd

John Zuber - 1B - 12th rd

Bobby Estalella - C - 23rd rd

Tony Fiore - RHP - 28th rd


1993 : 30 of 42 selections signed - 6 MLB, 2 AAA, 6 AA


Wayne Gomes - RHP - 1st rd

Scott Rolen - 3B - 2nd rd

Rich Hunter - RHP - 14th rd

Dave Doster - INF - 27th rd

Brian O’Connor - LHP - 29th rd

Kevin Sefcik - INF - 33rd rd

1994 : 42 of 53 selections signed - 8 MLB, 6 AAA, 5 AA


Carlton Loewer - RHP - 1st rd

Ryan Nye - RHP - 2nd rd

Matt Beech - LHP - 7th rd

Jason Boyd - RHP - 8th rd

Wendell Magee - OF - 12th rd

Robert Dodd - LHP - 14th rd

Jose Flores - INF - 34th rd

Bronson Heflin - RHP - 37th rd


1995 : 39 of 54 selections signed - 5 MLB, 6 AAA, 3 AA


Reggie Taylor - OF - 1st rd

Dave Coggin - RHP - 1st rd

Marlon Anderson - INF - 2nd rd

Jason Kershner - LHP - 12th rd

Anthony Shumaker - LHP - 23rd rd

1996 : 38 of 50 selections signed - 2 MLB, 7 AAA, 5 AA


Adam Eaton - RHP - 1st rd

Jimmy Rollins - SS - 2nd rd

1997 : 38 of 44 selections signed - 5 MLB, 8 AAA, 0 AA


Randy Wolf - LHP - 2nd rd

Derrick Turnbow - RHP - 5th rd

Tom Jacquez - LHP - 6th rd

Johny Estrada - C - 17th rd

Andy Dominique - C - 26th rd

1998 : 35 of 44 selections signed - 7 MLB, 7 AAA, 3 AA


Pat Burrell - OF - 1st rd

Eric Valent - OF - 1st rd

Jorge Padilla - OF - 3rd rd

Jason Michaels - OF - 4th rd

Ryan Madson - RHP - 9th rd

Geoff Geary - RHP - 15th rd

Nick Punto - INF - 21st rd

1999 : 32 of 44 selections signed - 3 MLB, 3 AAA, 6 AA


Brett Myers - RHP - 1st rd

Marlon Byrd - OF - 10th rd

Frank Brooks - LHP - 13th rd

2000 : 29 of 38 selections signed - 3 MLB, 3 AAA, 2 AA

Chase Utley - 2B - 1st rd

Taylor Buchholz - RHP - 6th rd

Carlos Rivera - 1B/OF - 13th rd

Travis Chapman - 3B/1B - 17th rd

The Arbuckle scouting director era ... 1992 to 2000 ( 318 of 418 selections signed ( 76 % ) - 43 MLB ( 13 % of signed ) , 48 AAA (15 % of signed ) 38 AA ( 12 % of signed ) % of upper levels - 41 % of signed

2001 : 34 of 46 selections signed - 3 MLB, 4 AAA, 8 AA


Gavin Floyd - RHP - 1st rd

Ryan Howard - 1B - 5th rd

Chris Roberson - OF - 9th rd

2002 : 31 of 48 selections signed - 4 MLB, 2 AAA, 6 AA


Cole Hamels - LHP - 1st rd

Zack Segovia - RHP - 2nd rd

Scott Mathieson - RHP - 17th rd

Bobby Korecky - RHP - 19th rd

2003 : 30 of 48 selections signed - 3 MLB, 2 AAA, 2 AA


Michael Bourn - OF - 4th rd

Kyle Kendrick - RHP - 7th rd

Brad Ziegler - RHP - 20th rd

2004 : 34 of 50 selections signed - 5 MLB, 1 AAA, 2 AA


Greg Golson - OF - 1st rd

Jason Jaramillo - C - 2nd rd

JA Happ - LHP - 3rd rd

Lou Marson - C - 4th rd

Joe Bisenius - RHP - 12th rd

2005 : 28 of 49 selections signed - 5 MLB, 5 AAA, 3 AA


Mike Constanzo - 3B - 2nd rd

Matt Maloney - LHP - 3rd rd

Josh Outman - LHP - 10th rd

Tuffy Gosewisch - C - 11th rd

Mike Zagurski - LHP - 12th rd

2006 : 31 of 51 selections signed - 6 MLB, 5 AAA, 1 AA


Kyle Drabek - RHP - 1st rd

Adrian Cardenas - INF - 1st rd

Drew Carpenter - RHP - 2nd rd

Jason Donald - INF - 3rd rd

Quintin Berry - OF - 5th rd

Domonic Brown - OF - 20th rd

2007 : 31 of 52 selections signed - 7 MLB, 3 AAA, 3 AA


Joe Savery - LHP/1B - 1st rd

Travis D’Arnaud - C - 1st rd

Michael Taylor - OF - 5th rd

Tyson Brummett - RHP - 7th rd

Justin De Fratus - RHP - 11th rd

Brian Schlitter - RHP - 16th rd

Jake Diekman - LHP - 30th rd

2008 : 36 of 53 selections signed - 10 MLB, 6 AAA, 5 AA


Anthony Gose - OF/LHP - 2nd rd

Vance Worley - RHP - 3rd rd

Jonathan Pettibone - RHP - 3rd rd

Trevor May - RHP - 4th rd

Mike Stutes - RHP - 11th rd

BJ Rosenberg - RHP - 13th rd

Michael Schwimer - RHP - 14th rd

Tyler Cloyd - RHP - 18th rd

Steve Susdorf - OF - 19th rd

Jarred Cosart - RHP - 38th rd

2009 : 34 of 49 selections signed - 4 MLB, 4 AAA, 3 AA


Jonathan Singleton - 1B - 8th rd

Aaron Altherr - OF - 9th rd

Josh Zeid - RHP - 10th rd

Darin Ruf - 1B/OF - 20th rd

2010 : 30 of 50 selections signed - 5 MLB, 6 AAA, 2 AA


Jesse Biddle - LHP - 1st rd

Perci Garner - RHP - 2nd rd

Cameron Rupp - C - 3rd rd

David Buchanan - RHP - 7th rd

Mario Hollands - LHP - 10th rd

2011 : 30 of 51 selections signed - 9 MLB, 4 AAA, 2 AA


Roman Quinn - OF - 2nd rd

Adam Morgan - LHP - 3rd rd

Cody Asche - 3B/OF - 4th rd

Mitch Walding - 3B/1B - 5th rd

Ken Giles - RHP - 7th rd

Yacksel Rios - RHP - 12th rd

Colton Murray - RHP - 13th rd

Jesen Therrien - RHP - 17th rd

Brock Stassi - 1B - 33rd rd

2012 : 24 of 42 selections signed - 5 MLB, 2 AAA, 4 AA


Dylan Cozens - OF - 2nd rd

Zach Green - 3B/1B - 3rd rd

Cameron Perkins - OF - 6th rd

Hoby Milner - LHP - 7th rd

Drew Anderson - RHP - 21st rd

2013 : 29 of 41 selections signed - 3 MLB, 2 AAA, 4 AA


JP Crawford - SS - 1st rd

Andrew Knapp - C - 2nd rd

Mark Leiter - RHP - 22nd rd

2014 : 28 of 40 selections signed - 4 MLB, 3 AAA, 6 AA


Aaron Nola - RHP - 1st rd

Rhys Hoskins - 1B - 5th rd

Brandon Liebrandt - LHP - 6th rd

Austin Davis - LHP - 12th rd

The Wolever scouting director era ... 2001 to 2014 ( 435 of 670 selections signed ( 65 % ) - 73 MLB ( 17 % of signed ) , 51 AAA (12 % of signed ) 50 AA ( 11 % of signed ) - % of upper levels - 40 % of signed

2015 : 31 of 40 selections signed - 2 MLB, 7 AAA, 5 AA


Scott Kingery - UTL - 2nd rd

Bailey Falter - LHP - 5th rd

2016 : 30 of 40 selections signed - 3 MLB, 4 AAA, 6 AA


Mickey Moniak - OF - 1st rd

JoJo Romero - LHP - 4th rd

Cole Irvin - LHP - 5th rd

2017 : 30 of 40 selections signed - 4 MLB, 6 AAA, 9 AA


Adam Haseley - OF - 1st rd

Spencer Howard - RHP - 2nd rd

Nick Maton - IF - 7th rd

Connor Brogdon - RHP - 10th rd

2018 : 32 of 38 selections signed - 1 MLB, 2 AAA, 10 AA


Alec Bohm - 3B - 1st rd

2019 : 34 of 39 selections signed - 0 MLB, 0 AAA, 4 AA


The Almaraz scouting director era ... 2015 to 2019 ( 157 of 197 selections signed ( 80 % ) - 10 MLB ( 6 % of signed ) , 19 AAA (12 % of signed ) 34 AA ( 22 % of signed ) - % of upper levels - 40 % of signed


2020 : 4 of 4 selections signed - 0 MLB, 0 AAA, 0 AA ... too early 🤓


Just data ... Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️




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