All-Time Philadelphia Phillies Draft

All-Time Philadelphia Phillies Draft

This article is part of our MLB Observations series.

Last Sunday, Eric Karabell from ESPN Fantasy joined Todd Zola and I to participate in our Daily Draft series, this time covering the All-Time Philadelphia Phillies. We quickly realized that pitching would dry up sooner than it would in other drafts, despite the Phillies having been around for a long time.

As always, we gave our guest his choice of draft slots, and as almost always, Eric opted to pick first and went with Mike Schmidt. That's the thing with most of these "All-Time" drafts - the first choice is usually obvious. I thought that the second choice was also obvious, but ... I was wrong. I thought that Steve Carlton was the play, but Todd played the positional scarcity card instead and went with Chase Utley (who I was hoping to take instead). Thus I tapped Carlton and went with Utley's double play partner, Jimmy Rollins, thinking that there was a monstrous gap between Rollins and the other Phillies shortstops. In fact, after Rollins, it required a concerted effort for Eric and Todd to avoid being stuck with someone like Steve Jeltz.

Here are the full results of the draft, first overall, then by team:

1KarabellMike Schmidt
1ZolaChase Utley
1EricksonSteve Carlton
2EricksonJimmy Rollins
2ZolaRobin Roberts
2KarabellPete Alexander
3KarabellDick Allen
3ZolaRichie Ashburn
3EricksonBobby Abreu
4EricksonCole Hamels
4ZolaScott Rolen
4KarabellCurt Schilling
5KarabellJim Bunning
5ZolaRyan Howard
5EricksonEd Delahanty
6EricksonRoy Halladay
6ZolaChris Short
6KarabellLarry Bowa
7KarabellNap Lajoie
7ZolaTug McGraw
7EricksonGarry Maddox
8EricksonAaron Nola
8ZolaSherry Magee
8KarabellCliff Lee
9KarabellCharlie Buffington
9ZolaChuck Klein
9EricksonDarren Daulton
10EricksonCurt Simmons
10ZolaKid Gleason
10KarabellVon Hayes
11KarabellDel Ennis
11ZolaCharlie Ferguson
11EricksonLenny Dykstra
12EricksonJohn Kruk
12ZolaCarlos Ruiz
12KarabellJohn Denny
13KarabellJohnny Callison
13ZolaBilly Wagner
13EricksonJuan Samuel
14EricksonPlacido Polanco
14ZolaJim Thome
14KarabellBilly Hamilton
15KarabellMike Lieberthal
15ZolaGranny Hamner
15EricksonSteve Bedrosian

Results by team:

CMike LieberthalCarlos RuizDarren Daulton
1BDick AllenRyan HowardJohn Kruk
2BNap LajoieChase UtleyJuan Samuel
3BMike SchmidtScott RolenPlacido Polanco
SSLarry BowaGranny HamnerJimmy Rollins
OF1Von HayesRichie AshburnBobby Abreu
OF2Del EnnisSherry MageeEd Delahanty
OF3Johnny CallisonChuck KleinGarry Maddox
UTBilly HamiltonJim ThomeLenny Dykstra
P1Pete AlexanderRobin RobertsSteve Carlton
P2Curt SchillingChris ShortCole Hamels
P3Jim BunningTug McGrawRoy Halladay
P4Cliff LeeKid GleasonAaron Nola
P5Charlie BuffingtonCharlie FergusonCurt Simmons
P6John DennyBilly WagnerSteve Bedrosian

Who won this draft? Which players were the significant omissions? As always, remember that you only get the player during his tenure with the Phillies. Also, the Billy Hamilton listed here is not the contemporary player, despite the link. The Phillies version of Hamilton was a significantly better player.

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Jeff Erickson
Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).
Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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