The draft is happening

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In case you missed our coverage, be it known that the first round of the amateur draft went down last night.

Matthew Pouliot’s wrapup can be read here.  As-it-went-down reactions can be read here:

Pick number one;
Picks 2-5;
Picks 6-10;
Picks 11-15;
Picks 16-20;
Picks 21-25; and
Picks 26-33

Personally, I’m no draft expert. Not by a longshot. But I promise, I’ll let you know how all of these picks went down in about 5-7 years.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.