In the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft, most of the attention was on the Phillies’ number one overall selection, Mickey Moniak.
However, many are beginning to talk about the Phillies’ second selection.
With the 42nd overall pick in the draft, the Phillies selected, tall and lanky right-handed pitcher from Santa Barbara, California, Kevin Gowdy.
Though Moniak is poised to become an elite player within the Phillies organization, many believe that Gowdy has the potential to be elite as well.
In the first three years of his high school career, Gowdy was stellar.
Following his junior season, he was recognized as a First-Team Preseason All-American by Rawlings-Perfect Game.
During his senior year, Gowdy was practically unhittable.
He earned himself a 5-3 record, while also completing the season with a 1.10 ERA.
Gowdy developed and demonstrated strong command over the pitches within his arsenal.
He used a changeup, as well as a curveball that allowed him to strike out 104 batters in just over 60 innings of work.
Gowdy’s first tastes of professional baseball came in the summer, when he was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies on July 6th, 2016.
In four starts, though Gowdy had both positive and negative performances, he finished with a 0-1 record, along with a 4.00 ERA.
Gowdy did strikeout nine batters in nine innings, however.
As far as a scouting report goes, the most encouraging news about Gowdy came from ESPN MLB Draft Insider, Keith Law.
“I don’t think he has a staff ace’s ceiling, but I like his chances to develop into something just a little below that, especially given the projection remaining and the easy delivery.”
The “easy delivery” that Law talks about allows Gowdy’s fastball, which currently sits at 90-93 MPH, to develop into the 94-96 MPH range. Gowdy also has a strong command and feel for his changeup, which is something most high school pitchers struggle with nowadays.
In the end, the vote of confidence from one of baseball’s experts should leave fans with some a great amount of the hope for the future.
So, what do you think? Does Kevin Gowdy have the potential to be an elite pitcher? If so, could he become the future ace of the team?
Photo: Keith Allison (via: Flickr)