Most if not all hopes for the Phillies' rebuilding effort begin with the coming draft, so it was interesting to read the thoughts of the new Director of Amateur Scouting, Johnny Almaraz:
"I know we are going to get a good player at 10. You can't predict what's going to go ahead of us, but it's either going to be good high school player or a good college player."
Now those are words to hang your hopes on! Middle school phenoms need not apply.
After years of mostly disappointing (or worse) drafts, the Phils hired Almaraz to improve their chances. So, what's the outlook? At least it wasn't the usual "best athlete still on the board" nonsense, but, jeez, can't he come up with something a little more, well, insightful? I know there's this attitude that teams do not want to tip their hand, but saying he's going to draft someone out of either high school or college is playing things a little more than close to the vest.