5 Local Players the Philadelphia Phillies Wish They Drafted

Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Biggest Local Draft Misses

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Many Philadelphia Phillies fans are wondering if this will finally be the year the team picks a Philadelphia-area player in today’s MLB Draft, with pitcher Joey Gatto of nearby Hammonton (N.J.) a possible pick.

There have been many good players from Philadelphia area schools, and the Phillies have missed drafting a number of them. Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella of the city’s Nicetown section went to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Here are 5 others.

5. Doug Glanville, University of Pennsylvania

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5. Doug Glanville, University of Pennsylvania

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Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 1991 MLB draft, the Phillies missed Glanville even though he was playing right in the center of the city of Philadelphia at 30th and Market for the Penn Quakers of the Ivy League. Glanville went on to have a good career and eventually join the Phillies, hitting .325 with 11 home runs and 78 RBIs in 1999.

4. Bobby Higginson, Temple University

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4. Bobby Higginson, Temple University

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Higginson was missed by the Phillies even though he went to Temple, seven miles up the road from where the Phillies play their home games. Higginson, a left-handed hitter, topped 25 home runs in three-straight seasons from 1996-98, hitting as high as .320 in 1997. Higginson’s best season came in 2000, when he hit .300 with 30 homers. Defensively, he led the AL in assists four times and finished second twice.

3. Jamie Moyer, St. Joseph’s University

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3. Jamie Moyer, St. Joseph’s University

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The Phillies whiffed on Moyer twice, failing to pick him when he came out of suburban Souderton High School and then again when he graduated from St. Joseph’s University in the Overbrook section of the city. Like Glanville, Moyer was drafted by the Cubs—who must have had a great Philadelphia scout—and gave that team most of his 269 career wins. Also like Glanville, Moyer eventually played for the Phillies and is now their broadcaster.

2. Mike Piazza, Phoenixville High School

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2. Mike Piazza, Phoenixville High School

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The Phillies cannot be completely blamed as every other team passed on the Hall of Fame catcher many times before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a favor to his uncle, manager Tommy Lasorda, in the 62d round of the 1988 draft. Piazza returned that favor with a terrific career, finishing with 427 homers and a career batting average of .308.

1. Mike Trout, Millville (N.J.) High School

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1. Mike Trout, Millville (N.J.) High School

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Missing Trout might not sting as much for the Phillies, because the team was prepared to draft him in the 2009 draft before the Los Angeles Angels grabbed him five spots sooner; and that was only because the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. Still, it hurts because if Trout was born a year earlier or a year later, the Phillies could have had him at No. 25, which is where the Angels picked him.

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