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6/11/2020 : 2020 Draft - Phillies Fourth Round Pick

With the 116th overall selection in the 2020 MLB Amateur Draft the Phillies selected 22 year old RHP Carson Ragsdale from the University of South Florida ... he’s 6’8” 225

Here’s Baseball America’s scouting report :

“One of the tallest pitchers in the 2020 draft class, Ragsdale is a 6-foot-8, 225-pound redshirt junior with limited track record at South Florida. After totaling 31.1 innings as a reliever during his freshman and sophomore seasons, Ragsdale missed the 2019 season with Tommy John surgery, before exciting teams with his combination of stuff, strikes and size early in 2020. While Ragsdale started just four games, he was an up-arrow guy after posting a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings, with 37 strikeouts (17.5 per nine) to just seven walks (3.3 per nine). His strike-throwing ability early this season was significantly better than he’s previously shown in his career, and Ragsdale has better body control and coordination than most players of his size. There’s some length in Ragsdale’s arm action, but he repeats a three-quarter arm stroke reasonably well and has good extension down the mound. Ragsdale throws a fastball that sits in the 90-93 mph range, but he’s run the pitch up to 96 and pairs it with a solid-average curveball and a below-average changeup. He’s more of a control-over-command pitcher, and because of that and a below-average third pitch, some scouts think he’s a better reliever profile. However, there are teams who think he has a chance to start, and because of that he could go off the board in the 4-6 round range.”

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