My Random Thoughts After Day One Of The Phillies Draft:
The Carlos Tocci Era Is Over.
The Phillies have drafted the center fielder of the future in ” the Mick” Moniak. This means that the Carlos Tocci era in centerfield is over before it began. Tocci has the same build now as a 20-year-old as he did as a 16-year-old international free agent five years ago. He still appears over-matched in his fifth season in the Phillies system. He has trouble getting around on A ball level fastballs which usually are too many times, when hit, lazy fly outs to right or fouled off into the first base side stands.
It’s Probably Over For Center fielder Roman Quinn Too.
Quinn has yet to play in more than 88 games in any of his f0ur seasons with the Phillies full-season teams. And he is not playing again, absent from the last five Reading games.
Moniak Signals The Need For a Right-handed Bat In The Future Major League Outfield.
Hard to believe they would stick three left-handed bats in the outfield on an every day basis but you never know for sure with the Phillies Front Office and the new practice of having a different starting lineup and batting order every game. Looks like left-handed bats Mickey Moniak in center and Dylan Cozens in right are the future in the outfield though.
Kevin Gowdy Is Not A Left-handed Pitcher.
I really thought the Phillies would draft a left-handed pitcher with the first pick. Second round pick 18-year-old Kevin Gowdy turns out to be a right-hander with a fastball that sits at 90 or maybe as high as 93 with hopes of increased velocity in the future according to reports. Apparently, second round draft picks have trouble throwing a over 90 mph. Last season Houston used its second round pick for a pitcher whose fastball still sits at 90 mph, Tom Eshelman. He was part of the Ken Giles trade after a half season in the Astros system and is now with the Clearwater Threshers, pitching to a 3.54 ERA with his 90 mph heater.
The Phillies Must Be Pleased With The Left-handed Pitchers Already In The System Or Expect To Draft One Today Or Tomorrow.
Right now the most advanced 21- year-old or under left-handed pitcher in the system is 21-year-old Elniery Garcia at high A Clearwater, now in his fifth season in the Phillies system. Other left-handed starting pitchers of note who were drafted last season include 22-year-old Tyler Gilbert with Lakewood and two, 19-year-olds, Bailey Falter and Nick Fanti and 18- year-old Will Stewart, all currently wrapping extended spring training.