MLB Draft Scouting Report: Phil Pfeifer

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Name: Philip Pfeifer
Position: Pitcher
School: Farragut H.S. (Tenn.)
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: AFLAC All-American

Phil Pfeifer, LHP, Farragut HS (Tenn.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.

Physical Description

Pfeifer is undersized and is probably a bit shorter than his listed height. He's built strongly, however, and is a very agile overall athlete. There's not much projection left and this is what he'll be size and velocity wise at the big league level.


Violent is the word that goes well with Pfeifer's delivery. There's a lot of moving parts and his arm action is fast and explosive. In other words, he's putting his whole body into generating the velocity that he has. His health will need to be monitored if he's going to continue to throw this way. Also, with all these moving parts, it's a difficult delivery to repeat.


Pfeifer is very difficult to pick up, comes straight over the top, and is very violent so it makes his fastball play up in terms of velocity. He works at 90-92 mph, and gets up to 93 at times. He gets a lot of swings and misses, especially from lefties, as his fastball appears to jump at hitters out of his hand.


Pfeifer is essentially a two-pitch pitcher right now, and his curveball is fantastic. It will be a plus pitch at the professional level and he has a lot of confidence in it. His delivery gives him a great angle to throw it from and he he gets hammer 12-6 action at 76-80 mph. It's well spotted and a swing and miss offering.


Unless he comes up with a more usable third pitch and can tone down the violence in his delivery, Pfeifer could be viewed as a reliever at the big league level. It will be difficult for him to hold up health wise or to command consistently with his delivery. But, the present two pitch mix is impressive enough to have him go off the board in the top five rounds.

Draft Projection: 3rd-5th round

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