2016 MLB Draft Profiles: Prep Pitchers And College Catcher
2016 Mlb Draft Profiles: Prep Pitchers And College Catcher

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After reviewing a trio of collegiate arms, young prep pitchers who may fall in the draft due to signability concerns, and three right-handers, the focus shifts back to a pair of prep pitchers and one college bat who could find themselves with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.

Kevin Gowdy, Santa Barbara High School (California)

Position: RHP

Ht/Wt: 6’4/170

B/T: Right/Right

DOB: 11/16/1997

As always, there’s plenty of talent in Southern California to select from for the draft. However, most of it came from the high school crop, with Gowdy leading the way as the region’s best pitcher.

Gowdy has prototypical size with a lot of projection. His delivery is sound and his arm is pretty loose, leading evaluators to project added velocity as he fills out.

His fastball has been somewhat inconsistent this spring, ranging from the high 80s to the mid 90s. At his best, he’s sat in the 91-93 mph range with solid life on the pitch.

His breaking ball, a hard, three-quarters breaker that sits around 80 mph may be his best pitch. Gowdy also has a changeup that he uses on occasion.

Inconsistency has caused his draft stock to slip this spring and he could fall all the way out of the first round if he asks for too much money. Gowdy is good enough to be a day-one selection and would fit in nicely with the Dodgers at No. 32 or No. 36.

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