6/17/2020 : Phillies sign free agent RHP Blake Brown - UNC Asheville
21 year old RHP Blake Brown - UNC Asheville has signed as an undrafted free agent with the Phillies.
Here‘s Baseball America’s scouting report for him :
“A senior righthander, Brown had a chance to be a quality senior sign in a typical draft year, but the five-round 2020 draft could complicate where he winds up. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound righthander, Brown has a fastball in the 91-95 mph range and has flashed two solid-average secondaries in a curveball and changeup. In bullpen sessions late this spring, Brown got his fastball up into the upper-90s. Brown is athletic, but his control is well below-average thanks to a delivery that he struggles to get in sync. Because of that, some scouts are skeptical that he reaches his ceiling, and with a career walk rate at UNC-Asheville of 7.1 per nine, it’s clear to see why. At the same time, Brown has swing-and-miss stuff and was having a career-year during the shortened 2020 season, posting a 2.37 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 19 innings. But Brown showed no improvement in the strike throwing department with 18 walks and will be a reliever at the next level, with the hope that a team can figure out how to get him in the zone more frequently.“
From a Fan’s View welcome to the Phillies Blake !