Phillies Draft Preview: Left-Handers

The draft is a month away and the Phillies have the 24th pick in the draft. In the first of our series of previews, we take a look at the left-handers who may be available late in the first round.

The Phillies hold the 24th pick in the draft and even though their system is loaded with young pitchers, there's always room for more. The Phillies also seem to have a good amount of left-handed pitching coming through the ranks, but again, there's always room for more. So, who are some of the left-handers that the Phillies might consider drafting a month from now?

Brett DeVall, Niceville HS (Florida)

This is a kid who just knows how to pitch and some of his most impressive performances have come on days when he didn't have his best stuff. His fastball is generally around 90 mph, but he's got a big frame (6' 4", 220 lbs.) and can push it higher when he needs to and should add a little more velocity simply because he's still developing. He works his fastball with good location and uses it with a change-up that's pretty good and a breaking ball that still needs a little work, but isn't too shabby. Also has a nasty slider with good movement and bite.

Anthony Gose, Bellflower HS (California)

There are some scouts that believe Gose isn't a first round pick, partially because he's been injury prone throughout his young life. He's also not a full-time pitcher and he's going to need some work whether he's drafted as a pitcher or an outfielder. He's got plenty of speed to use on the basepaths and in the outfield, but then again, he's also got a fastball that sits around 92 mph. His mechanics will need work if he's going to pitch and his swing has some holes that will need to be closed if someone wants him to work as an outfielder. Overall, this would be a disappointing pick if the Phillies were to take him 24th.

Kyle Lobstein, Coconina HS (Arizona)

Voted the best pitching prospect at the 2007 Area Code Games, the 6' 3", 180 pound Lobstein has a curve ball that will wind up being a devastating pitch that hitters simply won't be able to get good wood on, if any at all. Everything that you want to see in a pitcher - a good, smooth delivery and consistent release point - are all there and having pretty much mastered the toughest of the pitches to throw, it figures the others will come along quickly with some work. His fastball generally sits around 90 mph and if he can develop his change-up, which is still a work in progress, he'll have enough weapons to succeed. It's very possible that Lobstein will be gone by the time the Phillies pick, so don't get too excited.

Tim Murphy, UCLA

Throws his fastball in the low-90s and has a filthy curve and a change-up that he's not afraid to throw at any point in the count. He mixes his pitches well and doesn't have a lot of miles on his arm because he was primarily an outfielder until the past couple of seasons when he was converted to pitching full-time and really started to focus on what he could do on the mound. In other words, there are some similarities to Joe Savery, who the Phillies took with their first pick last June. At times he gets wild and seems to simply lose concentration, but as he pitches more, learns more and concentrates just on pitching, that should be greatly diminished.



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