The Phillies organization now has two of the tallest pitchers in baseball in 7 footer, lefty Kyle Young and just drafted right-hander, 6’8″ Carson Ragsdale. Both will pitch at Baseball Age 22, if this season every gets off the ground.
They have more in common than just height. Both of them have had Tommy John surgery. Young was shutdown by the Phillies after four starts in April of last season for the Clearwater Threshers. Ragsdale came off of T.J. surgery after missing all of the 2019 season. He threw in four starts at the beginning of this season for the University of South Florida before the COVIDE 19 pandemic shut down everything back in early March.
Three of Young’s April 2019 starts were outstanding for the Threshers. In those games he pitched in 16 innings allowing only 4 runs on 12 hits while striking out 19 and walking only one. Ragsdale this season for USF in four starts pitched 19 innings allowing 6 runs on 12 hits while striking out 37 and walking 7. That’s an unheard of 17.5 strikeout per nine innings as a starter.
Someday, they might even form the “twin towers” of a Phillies major league starting rotation!
You can see Ragsdale’s MLB video HERE.
Watch below Kyle Young strikeout ten in six innings for Clearwater, April 13th, 2019, against Ft. Myers.