Phillies Prospect #67: Chris Rhoads

Chris Rhoads stepped up to a starting role for Arkansas, but the Phillies have put him in the bullpen in the pros. The 22 year old right-hander is probably better suited for his new role.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 28th round of the 2007 Draft.

B: T: R  /  Height: 6' 1"  /  Weight: 160

2007 Team/League: GCL Phillies (3 games), Williamsport (7 games), Lakewood (11 games)

Games/Games Started in 2007:   21/0

School: University of Arkansas

Repertoire:  Chris Rhoads, 22, is generally a fastball/slider type pitcher. His fastball generally rides in the upper 80s and he should be able to push it to the 90-92 mile per hour mark on a consistent basis before long. His slider is above average and he's got good control with both pitches.

Pitching Style: In many ways, Rhoads isn't the kind of pitcher that teams love to find. He's doesn't have the big build and overwhelming presence on the mound that teams look for and doesn't have a blazing fastball or an absolute killer pitch. Instead, he just goes out and pitches. Perhaps his best attribute is the fact that he doesn't get rattled. He tends to go right after hitters, which is a refreshing trait, especially considering that he doesn't have that one pitch to blow hitters away with. Instead, he just goes with what's working and is okay with letting hitters put the ball in play and relying on his defense. That said, he did pick up 39 strikeouts in 44 innings, so he can put hitters away.

Projection: Rhoads is going to have to either pick up velocity and added movement on his fastball, or better perfect his slider if he's going to be a back of the bullpen type pitcher. He'd have to develop another pitch to be an effective starter, because his curve simply isn't good enough to get hitters out consistently, especially as he would climb higher in the minor league system. It's likely that Rhoads will simply be a good reliever, who can get hitters out and find some work in the upper levels of the minors and possibly get a shot at pitching in the majors.

Chris Rhoads' career stats

'07 GCL 0 1 2.57 2 3 0 7.0 5 2 2 0 3 9 1.14 .208
'07 Williamsport 0 0 2.37 0 7 0 19.0 11 5 5 3 2 15 0.68 .177
'07 Lakewood 1 0 4.50 0 11 0 18.0 20 9 9 1 5 15 1.39 .274
TOTALS 1 1 3.27 2 21 0 44.0 36 16 16 4 10 39 1.05 .226

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