So the first two picks are in.
Mickey Moniak and Kevin Gowdy.
I'm not going to fake it and act like I know much more than most fans. Here's what I know from watching a couple of clips on the Internet and reading as much as I could last night:
Moniak looks like a solid prospect, maybe not the best in the draft, but a solid pick nonetheless. Gowdy looks like he's 11-years-old. He also looks like he's pitching against 8-year-olds. He dominates in most of the videos you find. You can see why teams dream of him filling out and developing into something special.
The Phillies are up first again today and you have to imagine they can go above slot.
Some bigger prospects remain.
-- Drew Mendoza was MLB.com's 36th ranked prospect but could be a tough signing.
-- Last summer, teams were higher on Nick Banks, who is now 101 on the list.
-- Kyle Funkhouser looked like a top 5 pick at one point, but slumped at the end of the season last year and returned to college. He saw a drop in velocity. Maybe that scared teams off, but he was still No.58.
-- Infielder Nonie Williams has some potential because of his wheels. That put him at 60 on the MLB list. He's still around.
None of these guys will play tonight in Washington, though.
So let's look at the Phillies prospects for turning around their three-week swoon in the standings.
Friday June 10: 7:05
Saturday June 11: 12:05
Sunday June 12: 4:05
Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.80) vs Stephen Strasburg (9-0, 2.85)
Aaron Nola (5-4, 2.65) vs Tanner Roark (4-4, 3.21)
Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.70) vs Joe Ross (5-4, 2.92)
What we know about the Nationals
The Phils are 4-5 against the Nats so far this year, including a sweep in Washington. That'd be nice to repeat, wouldn't it? I'm not going to count on it. The Phils have to face three good pitchers. and the Nats are playing well.
Tanner Roark is one of my favorite young pitchers to watch. Aaron Nola, is on the top of that list. So the two of them facing off should be fun.
What we can't wait to see
Go back to the match-ups and check out Strasburg's numbers again. Those are impressive. But no one talks about him being the best pitcher in the league. That's how good Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrieta are right now. While it's going to be tough for the Phillies to win tonight, I'm looking forward to see how they do against the Federal Express.