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Phils' Day 2 focus starts with infielders

Phils' Day 2 focus starts with infielders

Phils' Day 2 focus starts with infielders
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies director of scouting Marti Wolever senses a change in the way baseball will be played in the near future.

He already sees it, pitching and finesse taking the stage as the game moves away from the power style that defined it for the better part of the last two decades.

And, it appears the Phillies are casting its young talent to fit that style, all the while filling needs for an infield that isn't getting any younger.

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Cue second-round pick Roman Quinn, the Phillies' first grab on Day 2 of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

A speedy 5-foot-9, 165-pound shortstop from Port St. Joe High School, Quinn played in a Florida all-star game last weekend and worked out at the Phillies' complex in Clearwater on Sunday. It was after that workout that Wolever knew Quinn would be the first choice at pick No. 66 if he was available.

"I've always been a big speed guy, especially in the National League," Wolever said. "And I think now this game is going to change a little bit and I think it's going to get back to speed, moving runners, pitching and power."

The Phillies hit on each of those through 30 rounds. Half of the Phillies' first 18 selections on Day 2 were either shortstops or third basemen. They added four catchers and three left-handed pitchers, positions of needed depth down on the farm.

But the barrage of infielders early on?

Wolever didn't pinpoint it as the need of the organization but acknowledged the price of assembling the Phillies' ace pitching staff has taken its toll on the talent pool in the Minor Leagues.

"We feel like that's an area we like to have some depth in the organization," Wolever said. "A couple of these kids were just too interesting to pass up. We felt their tools were really better than the other options that we had at that point. I don't think they'll all sign, but if a couple of them do, then we're in pretty good shape."

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They hope first-round pick Larry Greene covers the power part of that equation. Wolever remains optimistic a deal can get done with Greene after listening to his father, who attended all of his son's home games at Berrien County High School in Georgia.

If any of their draft picks can reference a template to the Majors, it's their 15th-round pick, Ryan Garvey, the son of "Mr. Dodger" Steve Garvey, selected in the 15th round.

The younger Garvey is a right fielder and has committed to play at the University of Southern California. He batted .372 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs this season for Palm Desert High School in California.

Steve Garvey played in a National League-record 1,207 consecutive games -- the second-longest streak next to Lou Gehrig at the time, and won an MVP in 1974.

"He wasn't taken just because he's Steve Garvey's son," Wolever said. "I saw him play late in the year and he's a pretty good offensive player. We think he has a chance to hit."

For a complete rundown of the Phillies' picks through the first two days of the Draft, visit MLB.com's Draft Tracker.

Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumes at noon ET Wednesday on MLB.com, where fans will receive exclusive coverage of Day 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

Nate Mink is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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