The Phillies selected left-handed pitcher Matt Imhof from Cal Poly with the 47th overall pick in the MLB Draft.
Imhof is a fastball pitcher in every sense of the word. He consistently hits 89-92 mph with the pitch and can get it up to 93-94. Although he is not lighting up the radar gun, the 6'5" left-hander gets a lot of downhill action with his high arm slot making the pitch that much more effective. Sometimes Imhof gets his fastball to run or cut which adds another element to the pitch making it more difficult to hit.
In addition to his fast ball, Imhof has a curveball that is anywhere from average to slightly above-average depending on who you ask. He hides the ball well and the pitch typically sweeps across the strike zone making it a problem pitch for hitters. He struggles to throw it consistently for strikes that in large part to inconsistencies in his release point - certainly something that can be corrected.
The lefty's third pitch is a changeup that is below-average primarily because he does not throw it that often but has flashed potential. With some work, he could be working with a solid three-pitch repertoire.
The junior had a great season last year for Cal Poly going 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. What is perhaps the most impressive part of Imhof's game is his ability to get swings and misses as he finished sixth in Division I this season with 124 strikeouts in 99.1 innings of work.
His command of his fastball and his ability to mix speeds and location should allow him to progress through the Phillies farm system at a decent rate. Imhof needs to work on his command with his secondary pitches but his command of his fastball gives him an edge heading into professional ball.
Imhof joins Aaron Nola as the second college pitcher the Phillies selected on the first night of the draft. The bonus allotment for the 47th overall spot is $1,187,900.
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