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The best word to describe the Phillies' 27 picks in yesterday's rounds 4-30 would be tall.

Eight of the Phillies' first nine picks yesterday were 6-2 or taller. Five of those first nine picks were pitchers, highlighted by 6-4 righthander Steven Inch, from Vauxhall High in Alberta, Canada. Maybe they thought they were trying to field a team to rival the 76ers.

The Phillies selected second baseman Adam Buschini from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fourth round, No. 137 overall, with their first pick of the day.

Buschini, 6-2, 204 pounds, left Cal Poly after his redshirt junior season. He sat out a season because of Tommy John surgery, but hit .422 with 11 home runs and 61 RBI - all team highs - this season.

Catcher Andrew Susac, from Jesuit High in Roseville, Calif., was selected by the Phillies in the 16th round (No. 497). He was ranked as the sixth-best draft-eligible catcher by Baseball America and has committed to Oregon State.

Susac, a high-schooler, was a rarity as 19 of the 27 picks were players from 4-year colleges, most likely due to signability issues. All draft picks must be signed by the Aug. 15 deadline before their rights are forfeited.

Rounds 31-50 will wrap up the draft today with the action beginning at 11:30 a.m. *

- Frank Seravalli