2020 MLB draft: Phillies end 2020 draft with fifth-rounder Baron Radcliff


The Phillies' final pick in the 2020 MLB draft was 21-year-old Georgia Tech outfielder Baron Radcliff, a slugger who is said to have "plus-plus raw power."

Radcliff is a left-handed hitter who went deep 12 times last season but hit just .236 overall in three college seasons.

"If you were just lining up the players in the 2020 class with the biggest raw power, you wouldn’t list many before Radcliff," Baseball America wrote entering the draft.

"A powerful, 6-foot-4, 228-pound outfielder Radcliff has plus-plus raw power that wows scouts."

The warning sign is the swing-and-miss rate. He struck out 44 times in 89 at-bats as a freshman, but cut that rate by about 15 percent in 2019. 

Speed and defense are not regarded as calling cards of Radcliff's, and it is expected he'll play the corner outfield. The power makes him an interesting prospect to monitor the next few years.

The Phillies had four picks in the five-round 2020 draft:

1st round (15th overall): RHP Mick Abel

3rd round (87th overall): SS Casey Martin

4th round (116th overall): RHP Carson Ragsdale

5th round (146th overall): OF Baron Radcliff

Abel was the first high school pitcher taken in this year's draft, which saw a record-low two go in the first round.

The Phillies' next three picks were all college players. Martin played at Arkansas, Ragsdale at South Florida and Radcliff at Georgia Tech.

Now, all undrafted amateur free agents can sign with any team but for a maximum of $20,000. Slot values from the sixth through 10th rounds last year ranged from $150,000 to $300,000. Many good players will choose not to sign this summer and reenter the draft next year.

The deadline for draft picks to sign is August 1.

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