Philadelphia Inquirer - January 9, 1980

Four pitchers picked by Phillies in draft


Compiled by The Inquirer Staff


Tony Ghelfi, an 18-year old, 6-foot, S-inch righthander, was the first of four pitchers selected by the Phillies in yesterday's two phases of the annual January baseball free-agent draft.


"Has a good strong arm with very good velocity," reported scout Don Williams of the Iowa Western College student who was the 14th pick.


Another righthander, 6-5 Ron Richardson, 18, from Albany, Ore., and Linn-Benton Community College, was taken on the second round.


Both selections in the secondary phase, which covers free agents who were drafted previously but didn't sign – where the Phillies picked 18th – were lefthanders: Jim Harris and Steve True.


The rest of the draft, being held in New York, will be finished today.


The Chicago White Sox made 20-year old Bill Luzinski, the brother of Phillies outfielder Greg Luzinski, their first choice in the regular phase, which is for junior college players, college droputs and high school. seniors graduating in January.


The Atlanta Braves, as one of their selections, picked righthanded pitcher Scott Patterson from Haddonfield, N.J., who pitched last season for Long Beach (Calif.) Junior College. The 6-2, 175-pounder was an all-Group 1 shortstop at Haddonfield as a sophomore, enrolled at Rutgers in 1976 but changed his mind and went to Valencia Junior College in Florida. There, he was 7-1 with an ERA of less than 1.00 before going to California – reportedly at the urging of a coach at Southern California.



The Toronto Blue Jays had the draft's No.1 pick and used it to select and sign 6-6 righthanded pitcher Colin McLaughlin, who compiled a 12-2 record and a 2.30 earned run average for the University of Connecticut-Storrs last year.