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 –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins
- Dylan Cozens
- “C” Randolph
- Scott Kingery
- Kevin Gowdy