As with most drafts, the 2004 Draft produced some mixed results for the Phillies. There haven't been any late round surprises, who overachieved from what was expected from them and the guys at the top have generally become the type of player they were thought to be. Greg Golson might be considered a little under where he would have been projected, but then again, J.A. Happ is looking like he may be better than first though.
Round 1, 21st overall pick - Greg Golson, OF, Connally High School (Texas)
Greg Golson's only real claim to fame in the Phillies organization was being used as trade bait to acquire outfielder John Mayberry Jr. While Golson had a productive time in the Phillies organization, the Phillies felt the need for more of a power-hitting outfielder and were willing to sacrifice the speed of Golson for Mayberry's power potential. Both have appeared briefly in the majors this season, with Golson going 0-for-7 with Texas and Mayberry hitting .222 (2-for-9) and launching his first career home run.
The Phillies have found themselves with an abundance of young catchers with promising futures and still have a relatively young backstop in the majors with Carlos Ruiz. At one time, Jaramillo was considered the best of the bunch, but Lou Marson surpassed him and Jaramillo was deemed expendable. In a deal that doesn't look so great now, the Phillies decided to send Jaramillo to the Pittsburgh Pirates for backup Ronny Paulino. This past spring, Paulino battled incumbent Chris Coste, but lost out for the backup job and was then dealt to San Francisco for Jack Taschner. The Giants then sent Paulino to Florida, where he is serving as the Marlins backup catcher.
Round 3, 92nd overall pick - J.A. Happ, LHP, Northwestern University
J.A. Happ has been a nice pick for the Phillies. He pitched well for them in an emergency role last Fall, helping them to win the Eastern Division and was penciled in for a starter's job this season, but initially lost a battle with Chan Ho Park. Happ dutifully filled a spot in the bullpen and bided his time while Park struggled and Happ took over as a starter. He's now gone 2-0 in three starts and is 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA on the season. It's looking like Happ may turn out to be the best of the bunch from the Phillies 2004 Draft.
Round 4, 122nd overall pick - Lou Marson, C, Coronado High School
If anyone is going to battle Happ to be the star of the 2004 Draft, it's Marson. He's now ranked as the best catching prospect in the Phillies system and is ranked at or near the top of every list of Phillies prospects. When Carlos Ruiz went down earlier this season, Marson got the call and made the most of it, getting off to a hot start with the big league club, picking up three hits in his first two games with the Phillies. When he was finally returned to Lehigh Valley, Marson was hitting .235 (4-for-17) and had played well behind the plate for the big league club. He hit his first major league home run on the last day of the 2008 season after the Phillies had clinched their division title.
The Phillies used Baldwin (and fellow prospect Andy Barb) to get Jamie Moyer from the Seattle Mariners in August of 2006. Baldwin has yet to make his major league debut for Seattle and has pitched with just average results in the Mariners' system. He's currently at Triple-A Tacoma. In case you're wondering, Andy Barb missed the entire 2008 season with an injury and is now pitching at the High-A level for Baltimore.
Round 6, 182nd overall pick - Sean Gamble, OF, Auburn University
The pedigree seemed good, with Oscar Gamble as his father, but the younger Gamble never really panned out. Gamble was released by the Phillies and has played the past two seasons in independent ball with just average results.
Round 7, 212th overall pick - John Hardy, 2B, University of Arizona
Hardy played three seasons in the Phillies organization, reaching as high as Lakewood and was released after hitting a combined .100 (17-for-170) with the BlueClaws and he hasn't resurfaced in baseball.
Round 8, 242nd overall pick - Samuel Orr, SS, Biola University
The Phillies went on a scavenger hunt at Biola University and came up with Orr and 11th round pick Carl Galloway in 2004. Neither turned out to be one of those gems that can sometimes be found at small schools. Orr made it through the 2005 season with the Phillies and then resurfaced in independent ball in 2007, but hasn't been heard from since. Galloway also made it through just two seasons in the Phillies organization.
Round 9, 272nd overall pick - Andrew Macfarlane, OF, Treasure Valley Community College
Macfarlane made it through just two seasons with the Phillies and was out of baseball following the 2005 season when he hit .204 at Batavia.
Round 10, 302nd overall pick - Charles "Reece" Creswell, C, Perryton High School
At one time, Creswell was pretty highly regarded. He seemed like he might be one of those steals that teams sometimes find from the high school ranks. Creswell lasted two seasons with the Phillies organization and was then with the Texas Rangers organization through the 2007 season, but made it only as high as High-A ball before being released.
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