What the Experts Have to Say on Gowdy
Per Corey Seidman of CSN Philly, ESPN draft analyst Keith Law was quick to praise the selection stating “I don’t think he has a staff ace’s ceiling, but I like his chances to develop into something just a little below that, especially given the projection remaining and the easy delivery.”
Phillies scouting director Johnny Almaraz was quoted as follows by CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury on the selection:
Both Moniak and Gowdy had been slated to become a part of UCLA’s freshman class. Instead, both signed big contracts. In fact, Gowdy received a $3.5 million deal, significantly over the $1.536 million slot value for that 42nd overall pick.
MLB Pipeline, which also has him rated as the Phillies #9 prospect, provides the following scouting report:
In their MLB Draft report cards released last month, Baseball America rated the Phillies as having had the fourth best draft class.
In commenting on Gowdy specifically, BA’s Hudson Belinsky made the following comments:
Gowdy’s Pro Career to Date
Gowdy began his professional career by appearing in four games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies entry, playing his games at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater in the shadow of Bright House Field, the Phils spring training home.
In those brief four games, Gowdy went 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.222 WHIP. He allowed nine hits over nine innings with a 9/2 K:BB ratio in what is obviously an extremely small sample size.
Projecting the Future
Gowdy is likely to start the 2017 season with the short season Williamsport CrossCutters in the New York-Penn League, with a chance to see some action at Low A Lakewood before the summer is out.
There is plenty of time for Gowdy to develop, but he has all the raw tools, including an already advanced breaking ball and a growing fastball. As his body fills out, he could rocket up this prospect list over the next 2-3 years.
Projecting kids just out of high school is always a hazardous proposition. But I’m excited about the selection. Gowdy has the chance to be a strong 2-3 type starting pitcher for the Phillies in the next decade.
Don’t look for Gowdy to reach Citizens Bank Park much before the 2021 season, when he will be 23 years old. But as general manager Matt Klentak said after the draft regarding both Moniak and Gowdy, “Their development will dictate that.”