Category Archives: Draft

Phillies Select Kevin Gowdy No. 42 in the Second Round

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Kevin Gowdy pitches for the U18 USA Team

The Phillies went back to the West Coast to pick up another California high schooler, pitcher Kevin Gowdy from Santa Barbara High School.

Gowdy, like Moniak, is also committed to UCLA. While Gowdy’s commitment to UCLA could come into play in his signability, he was still taken early enough that the Phillies should be able to sign him.

The 18-year old high schooler ranked No. 24 on Keith Law of ESPN’s “Big Board”, No. 37 on MLB.com, and No. 39 on the BA 500.

Gowdy is viewed as a high-upside player, and his long 6’4 frame gives the Phillies plenty to work with. His fastball sits in the low-90s and could get better as he fills out (he weighs 170 lbs as of now).

His breaking ball could become a solid slider in the future, and his changeup could become a major-league caliber pitch in time. His command has been shaky at times, but it can look really strong.

Overall, Gowdy could project to a workhorse starter in the middle of a rotation with three serviceable major-league pitchers and solid command.

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Phillies Select OF Mickey Moniak No. 1 Overall

Mickey Moniak at the Area Code Games

Mickey Moniak at the Area Code Games

After weeks of debate over who the Phillies would select with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, the Phillies finally ended all the chatter. The team selected California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

Moniak, who went to La Costa Canyon High School, batted .476 with 46 RBIs in 29 games played. Phillies executives, including Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel, were at a game last week when Moniak batted 5-for-5 with eight RBIs and hit for the cycle.

For a while, many mock drafts indicated that the Phillies would select left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk from the University of Florida. However, with the Phillies scouting Moniak extensively in the past month, more and more mocks started to point towards the UCLA commit.

Moniak is an all-around defender, manning center field with ease. Moniak has plus speed and a solid enough arm to be a more than capable center fielder as he develops. He has the capability to make Kevin Kiermaier-esque plays as seen below.

While defense is Moniak’s strength, that isn’t to say that he struggles at the plate. His bat speed is strong and he has a clean swing through the strike zone. From reports, Moniak is very patient at the plate, analyzing each pitch and attacking when he sees something he likes.

The lone hole in Moniak’s game is power. Just turning 18 May 13, Moniak still has a lot of physical development left. He stands 6’2″ weighing 190 lbs, but he could fill out more on a pro workout regimen. Currently, Moniak has doubles power, but he could develop the power to hit double-digit home runs per season easily.

At present, Moniak is a four-tool outfielder who should be a plus defender throughout his career. Barring a freak injury, he should be able to be a solid major-league contributor when he reaches the majors. Moniak also has the upside of an above-average amount of home runs per year, which would make him a All-Star for years to come.