Gelb on the Athletic also mocks Porter to the Phillies in their "beat writer" mock draft. Rocker went early (10) and Snelling was the pick before the Phillies. Barriera still on the board when Gelb selected.
Maybe it’s too risky to go with a prep pitcher in the first round for the third consecutive draft, but the Phillies’ current strength is developing pitchers and it might be best to stick with what has worked. Under Brian Barber as scouting director, the Phillies have shifted toward prioritizing upside over certainty. They haven’t been afraid to use high picks on players outside traditional baseball breeding areas — their 2020 first-rounder, Mick Abel, came from Oregon. So Porter, one of the best prep arms in this class, fits what the Phillies have targeted before.