Wilmington Evening Journal - January 9, 1980

Phillies select two pitchers

 

Associated Press

 

PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies chose four pitchers in yesterday's two phases of the annual January free agent draft.

 

Righthander Tony Ghelfi of LaCrosse, Wisc., was the first-round selection of the regular phase, when the National League club got the 14th pick.

 

Scout Don Williams reported Ghelfi, who attends Iowa Western Junior College, "has a good strong arm with very good velocity." But he said the 18-year-old needs more pitching experience, especially on his breaking ball.

 

Another righthander, Ron Richardson, 18, of Albany, Ore. and Lin-Benton Community College was taken on the second round.

 

In the secondary phase, the Phillies drafted left-handers Jim Harris, a 20-year-old sophomore at Ranger (Texas) Junior College, and Steve True, 19, of Seminole (Okla.) Junior College.

 

The secondary phase covers free agents who were drafted previously but didn't sign.