Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 Poll for #13

Kevin Gowdy was your selection as the #12 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Gowdy won a plurality decision receiving 117 of 315 votes (37%).   Andrew Knapp and Adonis Medina finished tied for second with 41 votes each (13%).  Jhailyn Ortiz finished close behind with 35 votes (11%).

Kevin Gowdy was the Phillies 2nd  round pick in the 2016 June Amateur Draft out of Santa Barbara High School.  With there huge 2016 draft bonus allotment, the Phillies were able to lure Gowdy away from his commitment to UCLA.

Gowdy’s first professional season was a mixed bag.  He pitched only 11.0 innings during the GCL season.  The Phillies shut him down for most of the summer after a twinge in his leg (I think).  He threw 8.0 innings in his first three starts.  He returned 5 weeks later to throw one inning in a game down the stretch for the playoff bound GCL Phillies.  He returned to start the second game of the championship series.  He allowed 2 unearned runs in a game the Phillies won 3-2.

Gowdy finished with a 4.00 ERA in his nine regular season innings.  But he had a BB rate of 2.0 that helped keep his WHIP at a low 1.22.  And he had a K rate of 9.0.

I saw ten of Gowdy’s innings (his return from the “DL” occurred on the road).  It’s probably not faur to form an opinion on ten innings, but looks like a good prospect. Reports either credit him with or project  3 average or above pitches.  He has a low 90s fast ball that touched 94 mph.  He threw an 83-84 change up and an 86-88 mph slider.

In view of his shortened season, I think Gowdy is ranked partly on his high signing bonus. And, rightly so.  He looks like a kid who knows how to pitch.  He’ll likely find himself in Rookie ball next year after missing so much time in 2016.  I learned during Instructs that Gowdy was expected to attend the Dominican Academy during the fall.  I don’t know what goes on there but hope that Gowdy was able to catch up enough to shorten his expected in Rookie ball before he returns to his normal progression up the organizational ladder.

I’ve spoken to Gowdy on a few occasions.  Like every kid I approached from last year’s draft class, he is polite and personable.  He looks like he has that undefinable trait that scouts call make up.  He had a high kick with his trailing leg during his follow through. he tugs at the bill of his cap as part of his pre-pitch routine.  He was unflappable on the mound.

I met his mother during the season and his father during Instructs.  I had a nice conversation with his mother in the parking lot of the Complex, in the far corner against the fence to the MLB players parking lot and along the street.  She was nice enough to explain the signing process to me and how the kids are able to cash in on their college scholarships provided by the organization as part of the signing bonus.  It didn’t occur to me until we parted company how creepy the situation this may have been for her – a stranger who she barely met at the game earlier, accosting her in the section of the parking lot at the furthest point from the guard’s shack.

Next up is your selection for the #13 prospect in the organization.  I added eight new prospects.  All received over 100 votes in the Additional Prospects poll – JoJo Romero (135), Victor Arano (135), Harold Arauz (131), Cole Irvin (117), Bailey Falter (117),
Malquin Canelo (111), Deivy Grullon (108), Tyler Viza (106),


Poll to date –

  1. J.P. Crawford
  2. Jorge Alfaro
  3. Mickey Moniak
  4. Roman Quinn
  5. Nick Williams
  6. Franklyn Kilome
  7. Sixto Sanchez
  8. Rhys Hoskins
  9. Dylan Cozens
  10. “C” Randolph
  11. Scott Kingery
  12. Kevin Gowdy


22 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 Poll for #13

  1. Knapp time for the top 30. A sweet swing plus improved catching skills may get him to CBP this Spring or Summer.

  2. Big “O” time!!! He’s farther away from the show than either Knapp or Medina (whom I both like a lot, they’re next at 13 and 14) but I’m dreaming of 2020 and seeing our version of Fred Lynn (Moniak) and Jim Rice (Ortiz) packing CBP again. But seriously even with his flaws, I’m reading encouraging reports on Ortiz, even defensively. No gold glove but athletic and mobile enough. If they condition him like they’re doing Mickey and not let him go the way of Tomas or the Panda, he should be a legitimate top prospect within the next year or two.

    1. Wait but those crappy redstockings teams you just compared our future pros to never won a damned thing, and plus I dislike the redsux so can we not compare our team to them
      What’s next the eagles can be like the cowboys of the 90 ‘s or something
      Come on man !

  3. Ortiz for me… again.

    Of my top 8, six will start at AAA or in the MLs. Crawford, Alfaro, Williams, Hoskins, Cozens and Quinn. That’s pretty impressive that 6 of the 8 headliners for the organization are close or in the show. Through my top 15, only 1 should start in AA and that’s Kingery. ‘A+’ should have Kilome and hopefully Randolph. ‘A’ ball will have Moniak and Medina. Ortiz, Sixto and
    Gowdy look like locks for ‘A-‘ and could play at Lakewood at some point. Pivetta is also in my top 15 and I think he’ll start in AAA but could start in AA with the surplus of pitchers expected in AAA.

    1. bellman,

      You’re right. This is exciting as you lay it out. Challenges for the guys at A+ and A. We’re going to learn a lot this summer.

  4. Ortiz was mashing as the equivalent to a HS junior until a second half tailspin. Looks promising

  5. I went Lively. 170 innings of 2.69 pitching across two levels. Whether or not he has the ‘stuff,’ he has the results. And those are some pretty solid results. Especially since he pitched in that bandbox in Reading.

  6. I’d love to hear someone’s compelling case for Adonis Medina. I want to believe but am having a hard time getting behind this horse.

    Less than 5 K/9 as a 19 year-old at Williamsport? I’m just not feeling it.

    That said, I’ve never seen him live, so, if someone wants to make a case for him, I’m all ears.

    In this spot, I’m going Knapp. Partially based on proximity. And partially based on switch-hitting catchers with a .700 OPS who play decent defense are valuable, even as back-ups.

    1. And I have no idea who’s voting for Mark Appel or why. He’s shown absolutely nothing, and projects as an injury-riddled 7th-inning guy.

      There’s plenty of reasons why Houston was so willing to let him go; and almost no reasons why he was selected to be one of the prospects for whom we can vote. I have Viza ahead of him, among others who aren’t yet on the ballot.

    2. He is a relatively young (just turned 20) righty who sits 89-94, can touch 95-97 (though it dropped for a few games). His fastball has the same heavy down movement that Kilome and Sanchez have and it leads to a lot of poor contact. He has advanced feel for pitching and will show a changeup, curveball, and slider that all flash above average to plus. Didn’t miss bats this year and tired a bit down the stretch, but his slider game out of nowhere late and looked great to those that saw him. He has mid rotation upside and was one of the most electric arms in the NYPL all-star game when he was turned loose for an inning.

        1. Mitch can probably speak to him more. B

          Projectable LHP, by end of NYPL season fastball had ticked up to 89-92 T93. Changeup is his best secondary pitch, but his curveball made strides in 2016. He has a good feel for pitching and good control. Right now he projects more as a back end starter, but he has the frame to add velocity and the feel where you could see his secondary pitches also take a step forward.

  7. I went Lively. I still think he will be in a big league rotation and so have him a bit higher than my next group of Pivetta and Medina. Knapp did not have a very good hitting year so can’t go to him yet.

  8. Pinto here –

    (Dec 17, 2016)

    1. JP Crawford
    2. Jorge Alfaro
    3. Mickey Moniak
    4. Franklyn Kilome
    5. Nick Williams
    6. Roman Quinn
    7. Dylan Cozens
    8. Cornelius Randolph
    9. Rhys Hoskins
    10.Kevin Gowdy

    11.Sixto Sanchez
    12.Scott Kingery
    13.Ricardo Pinto
    14.Ben Lively
    15.Adonis Medina

  9. Went with Medina in a close call. I’m hoping he can make the results start to match the scouting reports and upside. Ortiz is probably next for me

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