Luke Leftwich has been selected the #26 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Leftwich received 36 of the 181 votes cast (19.89%). Cornelius Randolph received 23 votes (12.71%). Will Stewart received 22 votes (12.15%). Matt Vierling received 21 votes (11.60%). And, Dominic Pipkin received 16 votes (8.84%). Eighteen guys shared the other 63 votes.
The Phillies selected Luke Leftwich in the 7th round of the 2015 Amateur Draft out of Wofford College. He signed a full slot deal (around $209K)on June 16th.
Leftwich began his professional career in Williamsport. He made 9 starts among his 11 appearances. He posted a 2-2 record with a 2.76 ERA. In 45.2 innings, he walked 13 (2.6 BB9) and struck out 34 (6.7 K9).
Leftwich began the 2016 season in Lakewood and posted a 7-3 record in 12 starts with a 2.00 ERA. In 67.2 innings pitched, he walked 18 (2.4 BB9) and struck out 88 (11.7 K9). He was promoted to Clearwater toward the end of June and slipped to a 3-4 record with a 5.07 ERA in 11 starts. He walked 17 (2.8 BB9) and struck out 49 (8.0 K9).
Leftwich returned to Clearwater in 2017 and was switched to the bullpen. He posted a 1-6 record and 8 saves with a 2.70 ERA in 42 appearances. In 80.0 innings, he walked 21 (2.4 BB9) and struck out 98 (11.0 K9). He walked 25 (3.6 BB9) and 72 strike outs (10.3 K9).
In 2018, Leftwich made 44 appearances (including one starts) for Reading. He posted a 3-4 record and 3 saves with a 3.73 in 62.2 innings.
Following the 2018 season, Leftwich was selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League. Facing some of the top prospects in the minors, he posted a 0-0 record and 0.00 ERA in 10.1 innings. He walked 3 (2.6 BB9) and struck out 12 (10.5 K9).
Leftwich has a low-to-mid 90s fastball and sat 92-96 mph the past two seasons while touching 96-97 mph. He’ll probably get a shot at making the Lehigh Valley rotation.
The poll for the next prospect will be posted in a separate thread.
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