One of the top Phillies pitching prospects, Kiwi Kyle Glogoski, sits high atop the Australian Baseball League’s Pitching Leaders Board after the first two rounds of play. In his two starts, he has pitched ten innings of one-hit, no-run baseball walking two and striking out 12 for his home town Auckland Tuatara from New Zealand. Read HERE.
Glogoski, who will turn 20-years-old January 6th, leads the league’s pitchers with a 0.00 ERA and 0.40 WHIP. In two starts he has pitched a five-inning, no-hitter and followed that up with a five-inning, one-hitter on Sunday. So far he has allowed only three baserunners, on two walks in his first start and a double in Sunday’s game. Read HERE.
He was signed as an international free agent on January 8th of this year. Kyle has made dramatic improvement since signing with the Phillies. Last season pitching in the ABL, prior to signing with the Phillies, in five appearances he gave up 8 earned runs on 12 hits in 12.1 inning. He went on to pitch in the Gulf Coast League this summer where he was one of the top pitchers with a 4-0 record and 2.31 ERA in 39 innings.
In yesterday’s win against the Brisbane Bandits, Glogoski struck out six including two on his change-up in the second inning. Watch those two HERE. They said during the telecast that he hit 94 mph with his fastball in his first start in Perth Australia. He threw only 68 pitches, 44 for strikes in Sunday’s game.
Glogoski reminds me of a right-handed version Cole Hamels with his fast-ball, change-up repertoire to left-handed batters. Brisbane stacked the lineup with 7 left-handed batters, to little avail yesterday. Five of his six strikeouts came against left-handed batters. The only hard hit ball off of him was the double by a left-handed batter.
Glogoski is on a reported 25 inning pitch limit in the ABL. He looks certain to be a starting pitcher with the Lakewood Blue Claws in 2019.