When the Phillies drafted former Germantown Academy standout Sean Grieve in the 21st round yesterday, there was no one in his house. No one to celebrate with.
"I looked around," said Grieve, the 646th overall pick, after he saw his name appear online next to the Phillies logo. "I didn't know what to do. And then my phone just started going off the hook."
The local product, who was named The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year in 2004, was one of 18 four-year college seniors taken by the Phillies on day two of the MLB first-year player draft.
Eleven of those 18 drafted college seniors are pitchers, including Jordan Ellis, a righthander from Villanova and Radnor High, whom the Phillies took 856th overall.
Grieve, a lefty from Flourtown, pitched in 31 games his senior season at the College of William and Mary, all in relief, saved six games and went 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA.
His grandfather, Jack Turner, was a bullpen coach for the Phillies in 1988 under Lee Elia.
The Phillies' first pick on the second day, Johnny Coy, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound third baseman from Benton, Mo., has a basketball scholarship to Arizona State. He could be hard to pry away from playing Pac-10 basketball.
Phillies director of scouting Marti Wolever singled out two seniors: Cody Overbeck, a third baseman from Mississippi, and Michael Stutes, a pitcher from Oregon State, as players who could immediately help the system.
The area player taken highest overall was Unionville's Peter Hissy, who was picked by Boston in the fourth round Thursday. Villanova shortstop Derek Shunk was taken yesterday by the San Diego Padres with the 525th overall pick. And Rowan's Ryan Kulik was the first Division III player selected in the draft, 245th overall, by the Cardinals.
Even though they weren't selected as high as they had hoped - signability issues likely pushed them to later rounds - Shawnee's Quinton Miller and Mainland's Charlie Law were chosen in the draft yesterday. Miller went to the Pirates in the 20th round, while Law was chosen by the Phillies in the 44th round.
The hard-throwing righthanders are expected to bypass the pros (for now) and attend college on scholarships - Miller to North Carolina, Law to Rutgers.
Cumberland County College righthander Ryan Doolittle, a 2006 Seneca graduate, was chosen in the 26th round by the Oakland A's. George Mason's Mike Modica, a lefthanded pitcher and outfielder who graduated from Washington Township, was picked by the Houston Astros in the 46th round.
Phillies Draft Picks
Overall pick number, name, school, position, bats/throws, height, weight:
24. Anthony Hewitt, Salisbury School (Conn.) SS/3B R/R 6-1 195; 34. Zach Collier, Chino Hills HS (Calif.) LF L/L 6-2 185; 51. Anthony Gose, Bellflower HS (Calif.) OF L/L 6-1 190; 71. Jason Knapp, North Hunterdon Reg. HS (N.J.) RHP R/R 6-5 225; 102. Vance Worley, Long Beach State RHP R/R 6-2 220; 110. Jonathan Pettibone, Esperanza HS (Calif.) RHP L/R 6-5 200; 136. Trevor May, Kelso HS (Wash.) RHP R/R 6-5 215;
166. Jeremy Hamilton, Wright State 1B L/L 6-0 195; 196. Colby Shreve, College of Southern Nevada RHP R/R 6-5 210; 226. Johnny Coy, Benton HS (Mo.) 3B R/R 6-7 205; 256. Julio Rodriguez, Puerto Rico BB Academy HS RHP R/R 6-4 195;
286. Cody Overbeck, University of Mississippi 3B R/R 6-1 201; 316. Jean Rodriguez, George Washington HS (N.Y.) C R/R 5-10 204; 346. Michael Stutes, Oregon State RHP R/R 6-1 185; 376. James Weber, Clearwater Central Catholic HS (Fla.) RHP R/R 6-0 170; 406. Brian Rosenberg, University of Louisville RHP R/R 6-2
436. Michael Schwimer, University of Virginia RHP R/R 6-8 240; 466. Damarii Saunderson, Northville HS (Mich.) OF L/L 6-3 185; 496. Troy Hanzawaoy, San Diego State SS R/R 5-9; 526. James Murphy, Washington State 1B R/R 6-4 240;
556. Tyler Cloyd, No School RHP R/R 6-2 190 586; Stephen Susdorf, Fresno State OF L/L 6-1 190; 616. Eryk McConnell, North Carolina State RHP R/R 6-1 185; 646. Sean Grieve, College of William and Mary LHP L/L 6-1 195; 676. Daniel Hargrave, UNC Wilmington 2B R/R 6-0 178; 706. Brandon Haislet, Univ. of Hawaii OF R/R 6-2 205;
736. David Noles, Columbus State LHP L/L 5-11 185; 766. Daniel Edwards, Kansas State RHP R/R 6-1 190 1985-09-28; 796. Ryan Bergh, Old Dominion RHP R/R 6-4 220; 826. Chad Poe, Bossier Parrish CC RHP R/R 6-2 190; 856. Jordan Ellis, Villanova RHP R/R 6-2; 886. Keon Broxton, Lakeland Senior HS (Fla.) 3B R/R 6-3 187;
916. D.J. Henderson, Southeastern HS (Mich.) SS R/R 6-2 175; 946. Spencer Arroyo, Modesto JC LHP L/L 6-3 160; 976. Sean Ellis, Polk CC RHP R/R 6-4 210; 1006. James Simpson, Dowagiac Union High (Mich.) 1B R/R 6-1 220; 1036. Blaine O'Brien, Scituate HS (Mass.) RHP R/R 6-7 180; 1066. Ruddy Rio-Nunez, Edouard Montpetit HS (Montreal) OF R/R 6-0 190;
1096. Michael Cisco, University of South Carolina Columbia RHP R/R 5-11 190; 1126. Matthew Johnson, John W. North HS (Calif.) CF R/R 5-11 175; 1156. Jarred Cosart, Clear Creek HS (Texas) RHP R/R 6-3 180; 1186. Joseph Pond, Judge Memorial Catholic HS (Utah) RHP R/R 6-2 185; 1216. Daniel Marrs, James River HS (Va.) RHP R/R 6-3 200;
1246. Michael Petello, Scottsdale CC CF R/R 6-1 185; 1276 Mike Bolsenbroek, No School RHP R/R 6-8 210; 1306. Bryan Frew, University of Nebraska-Omaha OF L/R 6-0 195; 1335. Charles Law, Mainland Regional HS (N.J.) RHP R/R 6-7 215; 1363 Justin Zumwalde, Sabino HS (Ariz.) 1B R/R 6-3 220;
1390. Giovany Soto, Advanced Central College HS LHP L/L 6-4 150; 1417. Nathan Fike, Potomac State LHP L/L 6-0 175; 1444. Mark Ginther, Jenks HS (Okla.) SS R/R 6-2 180; 1471. Michael Russo, Hun School (N.J.) RHP R/R 6-5 210; 1498. Josh Hake, Park University RHP R/R 6-0 210.