Four of the Phillies' first six picks on the second day of the baseball draft were pitchers. But a catcher, Cameron Rupp, really got scouting director Marti Wolever excited.
"I think he has a chance to be a very good receiver for us," Wolever said Tuesday.
Catching is the thinnest position in the Phillies' farm system and was something Wolever said the team would target in this year's draft.
Rupp, 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, was selected in the third round out of the University of Texas. The junior is hitting .317 with 10 home runs and 54 RBIs.
Wolever said that the early rounds were pitching-heavy and that some teams pick-pocketed the players the Phillies had on their board.
In all, the Phils selected 29 players on the second day of the draft.
One of the more intriguing picks could be fifth-rounder Scott Frazier, a righthander from Upland (Calif.) High School. Frazier, who Wolever said was clocked at 94 m.p.h. in the spring, has a scholarship to Pepperdine University.
"He's got a chance to be a special guy on the mound," Wolever said. "It's going to take a lot of work and effort on our part [to sign him], but we hope to get it done."
The Phillies' second-round pick was Perci Garner, a righthander from Ball State. Garner was 5-3 with a 4.62 ERA. He originally went to Ball State as a quarterback but quit the team to focus solely on baseball after the 2008 season.
One non-Phillies pick of interest for Philadelphia fans: Dillon Moyer, the eldest son of Phillies lefthander Jamie Moyer, was selected in the 22d round by the Minnesota Twins. Dillon has a scholarship to play baseball at Cal-Irvine.