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Phillies add Casey Martin, Carson Ragsdale as latest draft picks

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies continued their work at the 2020 MLB Draft on Thursday.

University of Arkansas shortstop Casey Martin was selected by the Phillies in the third round (No. 87 overall) while University of South Florida right-handed pitcher Carson Ragsdale (No. 116 overall) was chosen in the fourth round. Both players were ranked in the MLB Top 200 Draft Prospects list and join first-round selection Mick Abel as the newest members of the organization.

As a freshman in the SEC in 2017-18, Martin batted .345 with 13 home runs and a .974 OPS in 252 at-bats. However, he struck out 157 times in two-and-a-half years at Arkansas with the 2019 season ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A shortstop-by-trade, Martin has 23 fielding errors last season which means a move to either second or third base could be in his future. In total, Martin had 43 errors in his time at Arkansas and 273 fielding assists.

Ragsdale, a 6-feet-8, 225 lbs. pitcher, only made four starts in 2020 due to the shortened season. He did not play in 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery following the 2018 season. In 2018, Ragsdale finished with a 3.38 ERA and 24 K’s in 21.1 innings pitched. He saw time as both a starting pitcher and a reliever, mainly coming out of the bullpen.

A former four-year letter winner at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, Ragsdale is the second pitcher taken by the Phillies in this draft.


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