Monday, June 8, 2015

Phillies select Cornelius Randolph with 10th overall draft pick

With the 10th overall pick in this year's MLB amateur draft, the Phillies chose Cornelius Randolph, a shortstop with Griffin High School in Georgia.

Listed at five-foot-11, 205 pounds, Randolph turned 18-year-old just last week. 

From MLB.com's draft tracker:

Griffin (Ga.) High has produced a pair of big league infielders in Jeff Treadway and Tim Beckham, and it may have a third on the way in Randolph. He's Griffin's best prospect since Beckham and profiles as more of an impact hitter than the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 Draft has become. Randolph has the tools and approach to hit for power and average. He offers bat speed, strength and patience from the left side of the plate. He uses the entire field and has better pitch recognition than most high schoolers. Currently a shortstop, Randolph will move to a less challenging position at the next level. The Clemson recruit has good hands but lacks the quickness to play in the middle infield. His arm hasn't been as strong this spring, when he has dealt with biceps tendinitis, but it and his bat would profile well at third base.

According to reports, the Phillies' director of amateur scouting Johnny Almaraz has Randolph pegged to move to left field should he sign once he signs with the organization.

This year marks just the second time since 2001 that the Phils picked within the top 10 spots in the opening round.  Last year with the 7th pick, the team drafted righty pitcher Aaron Nola, out of LSU.

Footage of Randolph at the plate can be seen in the video player below.


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