Scouting The Prospects: Josh Outman

Josh Outman has an appropriate last name. This is a young left-hander who is quickly joining the ranks of the higher ranked and better known lefties in the organization. While he's not quite in the league of Gio Gonzalez and the other lefties, he's moving up.

Josh Outman is a young pitcher who seems to have it all together. With a somewhat unorthodox delivery that has been tweaked somewhat, the left-hander has put together two solid minor league seasons in the Phillies' organization. He has also had the chance to show that he can handle pressure and pitched well for Lakewood as they moved to their first South Atlantic League championship in 2006.

Outman was simply brilliant at times this season and put together a 37 inning scoreless streak late in the year that helped propel the 'Claws when they needed it most. In early August, Outman threw a one-hit complete game and showed just how dominating he can be.

Josh Outman's 2006 Stats

Lakewood 14 6 2.95 0 27 27 155.1 119 61 51 75 161 5 1.25

2006 Prospect Ranking: 45

Status: Josh Outman solidified his standing in the organization, showing that his first pro season in 2005 (2.76 in 11 games at Batavia) was no fluke. He was definitely ready for a full-season league and quickly became a key component of Lakewood's starting staff. He'll likely make another step in 2007 with a move to Clearwater and possibly to Reading by late in the year if all goes well.

Scouting Notes: Outman had a very unusual delivery that was developed by his father, who studied biomechanics and kinesiology and later wrote a book on the perfect pitching mechanics. To the credit of both himself and his father, Josh Outman let his motion be refined at Central Missouri State and has also let the Phillies tinker with his delivery. The results have been good.

As Outman continues to develop his slider and change, he's going to get better and better. His fastball is already very good and moves through the strike zone, keeping hitters off balance and generating a lot of ground balls. There is still room for improvement on his secondary pitches, but Outman has already improved them and they'll get better with time.

Analysis: Everybody was watching to see how Outman would do in a full-season setting and he didn't disappoint. Instead of getting tired late in the season, Outman seemed to be stronger than everybody else - which is one of his father's theories and one reason why his Dad developed the unique style that he did - and the BlueClaws were happy for the dominance. Outman was 5-0 with an awesome 0.28 ERA in August. He allowed just one earned run in 32 innings as part of his 37 inning scoreless streak.

There were a lot of bright spots on the Lakewood team and Josh Outman was definitely one of the brightest. Look for him to move up the ladder and continue developing at a pretty rapid pace.

Look for our ranking of the Top 50 Phillies' Prospects, coming in January, 2007.

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