Prospect Profile: Nick Evangelista

Nick Evangelista could have been started on his professional career a year earlier than he was, but decided to play his senior season at the University of Pittsburgh. At first glance, it may appear that the decision wasn't much of a help to his career, but in many ways, Nick Evangelista is right where he would want to be and has no regrets about his decision to spurn Toronto for another season at Pitt.

"For a kid who's a huge Phillies fan, it's an honor to be drafted by their organization," exclaimed Nick Evangelista when the Phillies took him on the second day of the 2004 Draft.

It wasn't the first time that Evangelista was drafted. A year earlier, the Toronto Blue Jays took Evangelista in the 24th round. The Phillies were able to wait until the 26th round to take him in 2004. That's not usually the way young players figure things will play out when they stick around for their senior year, but Evangelista didn't mind. "I just felt that it was best for me to go back to Pitt," said Evangelista. "I had the chance at a free education and got to play in a good program, so it seemed to make sense. I don't regret it at all."

Actually, Evangelista had other opportunities that he passed on as well. After two strong seasons at tiny Louisburg College, the Miami Hurricanes were very interested in having Evangelista move to Florida, but he decided to stick closer to home and attent Pitt. He put up strong numbers at Pitt and impressed scouts who followed him closely. The Phillies figured they were very lucky to have Evangelista hang around until the 26th round.

Year

Team

W

L

SV

ERA

G

GS

CG

IP

H

R

ER

BB

KO

HR

2004

GCL

2

0

3

2.67

15

2

0

27.0

29

11

8

5

20

2

2004

Lakewood

0

0

0

1.80

2

0

0

5.0

2

1

1

2

4

0

Career

 

2

0

3

2.53

17

2

0

32.0

31

12

9

7

24

2



Repertoire: Throws a strong, low to mid-90s fastball that tails down and away from right-handed hitters. Is good at mixing in his curveball and throws a decent slider and change-up.

Pitching: Likes to work ahead of hitters and uses his location and a mix of pitches to keep hitters from sitting on any one pitch. He generally keeps his pitches down in the zone and can get ground balls with his fastball and slider.

Projection: Worked as a starter in college. The Phillies didn't want to put too many innings on his arm in 2004, so they used him primarily out of the bullpen. He'll likely settle in either as an end of the rotation starter or a long-relief and spot starter type of pitcher.

ETA: 2009 or 2010. It will most likely depend on how the Phillies move him along early in his career. He may start at Lakewood in 2005, but if not, then look for him to move along to Lakewood by late in the season.

Comparison: A right-handed Ted Lilly. Certainly serviceable, but not a great standout type pitcher.

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