The Phillies will miss the playoffs for the third straight season despite having one of the highest payrolls in the majors. While many would like to see general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. take the fall for the organization’s downturn, assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever got the ax yesterday.
Wolever has been with the organization since 1992 and has been running the team’s drafts since 2002. The Phillies have been a winning team for most of that time, so they haven’t had many high draft picks, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com shows that the results haven’t been good.
Before this year’s Draft, MLB.com examined the Phillies’ previous 10 Drafts (2004-13). Forty-six Draft picks reached the big leagues, which tied the A’s and Rangers for seventh best in baseball. The average in that span was 41.8 players per organization.
But the quality of the Phillies’ picks ranked last. According to baseballreference.com, the combined WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of Phillies picks over the past 10 years was 20.7, which was 24.6 points lower than the 29th ranked Blue Jays (45.3).
The Red Sox (142.7), Braves (133.3), Angels (124.4), Yankees (120.5) and D-backs (120.1) were in the top five. The Phillies, Blue Jays, Mets (49.5), Twins (49.6) and Marlins (51.8) were in the bottom five.
The big league average was 82.7.
Wolever found himself in some controversy following the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, when the Phillies turned in two of their unsigned draft picks for violating the NCAA’s “no agent” rule. He said back in May that he had no regrets for his conduct.
According to John Finger of CSNPhilly.com, Amaro said last night that the team has just begun the process of finding Wolever’s replacement.