At this point in the spring it is way too early to speculate about which player the Phillies will take with the #16 pick. However we can begin to speculate at what players could be available and more importantly what type of player could be available when the Phillies make their selection. I have taken the Top Draft Prospect lists from mlb.com, ESPN, Baseball America, Minor League Ball, and Baseball Prospectus/Perfect Game and taken the 5 players around the Phillies pick (so the #14,15,16,17,and 18 best draft prospects). If there is a free report included I have added it.
14. Kohl Stewart: RHP/OF – St. Pius X HS (Texas)
There are several things that make Stewart an intriguing, yet enigmatic, prospect. The first is his dual-sport status: Stewart is one of the better high school quarterbacks in the country and is committed to Texas A&M for both sports. Secondly, Stewart is a Type 1 diabetic and interested teams will surely want to be sure about his health. Even with those variables, Stewart is bound to get a lot of attention, especially after throwing very well at the Area Code Games over the summer.
He can run his fastball up to 95 mph with a slider and changeup to go along with it. He’s more thrower than pitcher right now and his arm action concerns some. That might be a question answered only if a team feels he’s willing to forgo his two-sport college experience.
Stewart played in both the Area Code Games and the Perfect Game All-American Classic over the summer. He was the starting pitcher for the West in the Perfect Game, giving up one run on two hits over his inning of work.
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Adam Morgan made his AAA debut this evening at Coca Cola Park in Allentown and I came away again impressed. After seeing Morgan twice last season in Reading, I was looking forward to see how he put it together against a Chiefs lineup that had put up 22 runs in their first 2 games against Lehigh Valley this series.
Morgan was the Phillies 3rd round draft pick out of the University of Alabama in 2011 and quickly rose through the organization after throwing almost 160 innings between Clearwater and Reading last season, consistently looking very good.
Morgan went 6 innings, and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits. He walked one and struck out five. He threw 85 pitches, 60 for strikes showing very good command. His lone mistake was on a 2-2 fastball to Jeff Kubernius who put it into the left field bullpen. Morgan consistently was pitching ahead of hitters throwing his fastball generally between 89-93, but hitting 96 and 97 on one occasion each. I was impressed with Morgan’s confidence in his off speed pitches, consistently using them behind in the count effectively. Morgan also showed athleticism, making two nice plays coming off the mound. Morgan’s poise was also notable, as he appeared unphased by the gopher ball by Kubernius and pitched well with runners on base.
I think we’re all going to enjoy this year of Jesse Biddle. And a really fine start for Perci Garner – 1 H and 7K over 6IP. He’s repeating the level, but still…quite good. And a good effort from Josh Warner for Lakewood. Only Pettibone threw down a clunker from the hill.
Here’s one – Tommy Joseph has 4 passed balls in 2 games. What are we supposed to make of that? The excitement of living in the Lehigh Valley has overtaken him, I suppose.
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