Phillies Take Cal Poly RHP Spencer Howard with the 45th Pick

Phillies Scouting Director Johnny Almaraz said they liked this year’s college pitching crop, and they used their second pick to dip into that group. Howard was not rated highly by public scouting sources with MLB Pipeline coming in the highest at #99. The Phillies came right out and called him a potential front line starter.

This would put them much higher on him than the public sources. The general consensus is that he sits 92-94 touching 96 and that he has good slider and then a usable cutter and changeup. Many seen him as a reliever, and potentially a quick moving one.

The Phillies may see more upside in Howard, who has only pitched for two years and was 84-85 when he stepped onto campus. He was also dominant this year pitching 87.2 innings with a 1.95 ERA, 23 BB, and 97 K. The more logical conclusion is that the Phillies liked Howard’s arm, but also wanted to save some money for later picks, but we will need to see how his bonus shakes out after the draft. The Phillies expect him (and Haseley) to sign quickly and debut for Lakewood.

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  1. Mike Fassano

    June 13, 2017 07:27 AM

    When the Phillies drafted Moniak last year he immediately popped up in their top 10 prospects list. Do you see the same thing for Haseley? Why Lakewood and not the Gulf Coast League? I’ve noticed that Moniaks numbers are dipping a bit. Do you think it’s fatigue, or have pitchers figured out how to get him out? Do you project Howard as a starter, reliever, or closer?

    • Matt Winkelman

      June 13, 2017 09:33 AM

      Haseley is easily a top 10 prospect in the system, possibly top 5, but I haven’t actually given it a ton of thought or work.

      Haseley hit well in a major conference (ACC) and his level of competition is more on par with the South Atlantic League and not a bunch of 18 year olds in the complex. HE probably could handle an assignment to Clearwater if the Phillies wanted to be ultra aggressive, but Lakewood would be the same path as Scott Kingery.

      I think there is some level of fatigue, also teams scout weaknesses more and more in the low levels. He needs to adjust, and I think he will.

      For now he is probably a starter, but I would like to here what people have to say about the secondary pitches when he is pro ball.

      • Kurdt Kobeyn

        June 13, 2017 10:50 AM

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        i dont see hasely sniffing to MLB Top 100 post draft so it will be a stretch to put him Top 5 in Phillies. Moniak and Alfaro will be 1-2, while JPC is sliding he is still Top 100 MLB and Top 3 in Phillies. Kingery will climb up potential to #4 Phillies and I don’t see Haseley to be a better prospect than Kilome and Sixto (tools and projection) – so there goes your Top 5-6 Phillies. Maybe towards the end of Top 10 especially if you are bullish on Quinn and Williams.

      • Steve

        June 13, 2017 01:19 PM

        Hard to keep Hoskins of this list too of he keeps mashing.

  2. Mike Fassano

    June 13, 2017 07:41 AM

    Does Haseleys being picked number one make Williams, Quinn, Cozens, or Randolph more likely to be traded?

    • Steve

      June 13, 2017 09:07 AM

      Williams should be in Philly sooner than later if he continues to hit. I wouldnt be suprised to see Hassely Randolph or even Moniak traded as part of a package for a controllable TOR arm in the future.

      • Mike Fassano

        June 13, 2017 10:01 AM

        Steve. Williams last night Triple and Homer in 4 AB’s.

    • Romus

      June 13, 2017 09:32 AM

      Mike…something has to give now. Klentak will need to sort out the OF conundrum with the half-dozen or so in the next year or two.. Randolph is still a few years away.
      But Quinn, Cozens, Williams, even Pullin and Tocci are coming up fast …then there is Altherr and Herrera. He will earn his pay now as the GM.

      • Mike Fassano

        June 13, 2017 09:40 AM

        Romus. It seems as though every outfielder in the system has a major flaw. With Cozens and Williams, it’s too many K’s. With Moniak, Tocci, and Pullin it’s lack of power. With Quinn it’s health.

      • Suspects

        June 13, 2017 12:22 PM

        That is in no way a conumdrum. Most of those guys will wash out & its even better if they all make it.

    • Eddie

      June 13, 2017 06:54 PM

      Why? Even if Hasely rakes, he’s almost certainly not going to be in AAA until late 2018 at the very earliest. You worry about logjams when they happen, not before.

      And good lord, Randolph? Why on earth would you trade low on him?

      • Steve

        June 13, 2017 07:38 PM

        I didnt mean any og those guys would get traded this season. IMO, if the Phillies are going to be competitive by the ens of the 2019 they will need to acquire at least one TOR SP. I would probably ratger see them sign a FA, but they may opt to trade for a younger SP with some years of controll (Gerrit Cole, Chris Archer would be examples). Teams dont give away players like that for nothing.
        If we have Herrera, Altherr, and Williams in Philly having at least moderate success, plus Cozens, Quinn, Randolph, Moniak, Hassley in the system it would make sense to deal from that surplus of outfielders. Im just saying i wouldnt be suprised.

  3. Romus

    June 13, 2017 09:39 AM

    I hope Haseley follows the career trajectory as Conforto/Benintendi and in 14 months he is in the Phillies OF. They did it after they were drafted by their respective teams….and those teams were in playoff contention so the pressure was more.

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