Phillies Prospect #31: Zack Segovia

Zack Segovia underwent shoulder surgery after last season and took a giant step back in terms of levels. The talent is still there, if he can just stay healthy long enough to harness it.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2002 Draft.

B: R T:/  Height: 6' 2"  /  Weight: 220 lbs.

2007 Team(s): Ottawa (13 g), Reading (10 g), Philadelphia (1 g)

Games/Games Started in 2007: 24 g / 24 gs

School: Forney High School

Last Year's Ranking: #7

Why he fell from #7 to #31: Last season started on such a promising note for Zack Segovia. He made a start in the bigs with the Phillies and even though he didn't overwhelm the Florida Marlins, he made it through five innings and did pretty much what the Phillies were looking for him to do. From there though, his season fell apart as he struggled at Triple-A Ottawa and was finally dropped down to Double-A Reading and ultimately off the Phillies 40 man roster. He also suffered another injury and had yet another surgery, bringing back concerns about his health, which were expanded when Segovia attempted to pitch through an injury last season and ultimately wound up having shoulder surgery after the season.

Repertoire: Segovia has a low to mid-90s fastball that the Phillies are hoping returns after he underwent posterior shoulder release surgery. His slider has been a very good pitch for him and he generally has it in the low-80s. On all of his pitches, Segovia gets a lot of downward movement and usually keeps the ball in the park very well.

Pitching Style: Segovia generally lives by keeping the ball down in the zone and not letting hitters take him deep. He pitches ahead in the count and has strong control and is a smart pitcher, who is in control of himself on the mound. There have been some thoughts about moving Segovia to the bullpen and it's a move that he has said he would be fine with if he was asked. He certainly has the bulldog mentality and prefers to go right after hitters, making a relief role a possibility down the road.

Projection: When the Phillies drafted Segovia out of high school, he was like most other high school pitchers and needed a lot of work. The Phillies believed that they had a great and potentially dominating pitcher in Segovia, but Tommy John surgery slowed his progress. If he returns from the most recent surgery in good shape, Segovia should be able to bounce back from what became pretty much of a lost season and there's no reason - other than health - why he wouldn't be able to do that. The early reports out of Clearwater where Segovia was rehabbing were very good. He seemed to be throwing without the stiffness that he showed at times during the season and thoughts were that he would be ready to go when the season starts. That's all good news and if Segovia can pick up from where he was coming into next season, he would wind up being an option for an emergency call to the Phillies bullpen or starting rotation if they needed it.

ETA: The big question is whether Segovia truly did take a step back last season. The injury obviously played a part in his slide and the trouble that he had at pitching at Ottawa. If he's healthy, Segovia would likely be ready to step in for the Phillies if they really needed him, but his health is a definite concern.

What else you should know about Zack Segovia: 

  • Segovia had accepted a scholarship to the University of Miami, but signed with the Phillies out of high school.

Zack Segovia's career stats

YEAR / TEAM W L ERA SV G GS IP H R ER HR BB KO WHIP OPP AVG
2002 GCL 3 2 2.10 0 8 8 34.1 21 11 8 0 3 30 0.70 .174
2003 Lakewood 1 5 3.99 0 11 10 49.2 63 25 22 2 14 27 1.55 .307
2003 GCL 0 1 4.00 0 5 4 9.0 8 5 4 0 0 6 0.89 .235
2004 Injured 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .000
2005 Clearwater 4 14 5.54 0 27 27 144.2 168 98 89 18 48 83 1.49 .291
2006 Clearwater 5 1 2.19 0 7 7 49.1 39 14 12 2 12 41 1.03 .222
2006 Reading 11 5 3.11 0 17 16 107.0 90 45 37 8 24 75 1.06 .226
2007 Ottawa 1 9 6.05 0 13 13 77.1 99 55 52 8 28 22 1.64 .315
2007 Reading 5 3 4.84 0 10 10 57.2 65 34 31 4 22 30 1.51 .290
2007 Philadelphia 0 1 9.00 0 1 1 5.0 8 5 5 1 1 2 1.80 .400
Minor League Totals 30 40 4.34 0 98 95 529.0 553 287 255 42 151 314 1.33 .270



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