If there is one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that the Phillies have struggled to develop pitching. If you do not include Spencer Howard, since he hasn’t made his debut yet, and Aaron Nola, who is the obvious choice, what pitcher is it that the Phillies have drafted, developed and had produce at the major league level since 1990? Cole Hamels is one easy answer. Brett Myers? Randy Wolf? Sure these guys were solid minor leaguers, but they aren’t the top of the rotation arms that one would expect from a high draft choice. Going back to 1990, this is a list of names the team has taken in the first round as a pitcher:
Not exactly the most inspiring theme developing here. There has been a certain “develop the bats, buy the arms” philosophy in the past few drafts, but with a new scouting director in charge of this draft, perhaps we see a change. So, let’s take a look at a pitcher that was recently mocked to the Phillies by CBS Sports.
Weight: 225 lbs.
Cavalli is a big right-handed pitcher from Oklahoma University that was mostly used as a hitter when he first went to college. Here is the scouting report from Fangraphs: