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  • Writer's pictureSteve Potter

7/12/21 : Phillies 7th Round Draft Pick

The Phillies selected Christian McGowan, a 20 year old RHP from Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College in the 7th round of the draft today.

Here’s his Baseball America scouting profile.

Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 205 | B-T: R-R

Commit/Drafted: Texas Tech

Age At Draft: 20.8

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, McGowan has pitched for Eastern Oklahoma State JC for three seasons. But 2021 was undoubtedly his best season, as the righthander showcased one of the best fastballs in juco ball. His 109 strikeouts (in 74 innings) ranked ninth among NJCAA Division I pitchers. McGowan’s four-seamer was hammered early in his juco career, so he added a two-seamer. The two-seamer provided survival skills when he was sitting 88-90 mph as a freshman in 2019. Now that he can sit 94-96 mph and touch 98, both the two- and four-seamer have become plus offerings. Teams stacked their lineups with lefties to face McGowan, but that just played in his hand. His 86-89 mph above-average changeup has long been a pitch he believes in. It tunnels well with his fastball and he sells it with excellent arm speed. His 82-84 mph above-average slider has real teeth at its best. It’s a power pitch with 1-to-6 movement, as it generally finishes diving rather than sweeping. McGowan is committed to Texas Tech, but he could go high enough in the draft to make that a tough decision.

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