The Phillies selected left-handed pitcher Brandon Leibrandt from Florida State University with the 172nd overall pick in the MLB Draft.
Leibrandt comes with a pitching pedigree as his father pitched for 14 seasons in the majors winning 140 games and winning a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 1985. Leibrandt's stuff doesn't exactly jump off the page as his fastball velocity is below average sitting between 84-88 mph and occasionally touching 90 mph.
In addition to his fastball, Leibrandt has an incredible changeup that is already plus and he throws it with good command. He can throw it for strikes and will throw it in any count. The 6'4", 205 lbs. also has a solid curveball that he throws for strikes.
Where Leibrandt excels is in his feel for pitching. Despite not having overpowering velocity, he mixes speeds well and locates his pitches. Plus, Leibrandt uses his fastball and curveball to set up his changeup as his out-pitch.
The 21-year-old went 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in six starts this season. Leibrandt struck out 30 batters in 39.1 innings of work before having his season end after taking a line drive off the knee and suffering a bone bruise that ended his season.
The bonus allotment for the 172nd overall pick is $261,800.
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