The Phillies select right-handed pitcher Sam McWilliams from Beech (Tenn.) High School with the 232nd overall pick in the MLB Draft.
McWilliams is a big, big prospect standing at 6'7", 190 lbs. As is no surprise for an 18-year-old player, McWilliams is a bit inconsistent from start to start. He usually is effective and throwing his fastball in the low 90s but touching 94 mph. Some start this season his fastball sat at 84-88 mph and dropping as low as 83 mph.
The Tennesee Tech commit also features a curveball that is below average right now but he shows the feel and spin to make it an average pitch. His changeup is average at best but is also like his fastball as it can be inconsistent.
An explanation for McWilliams' inconsistency is his delivery that has what can be described as a jerk movement as he begins his leg lift. It will likely be something that will be corrected as he makes the transition into professional baseball.
With such a slim frame, McWilliams has a lot of room for projection in his game. Adding muscle to his frame could do wonders for his velocity as he hones his secondary pitches. It will be interesting to see if the Phillies can sign McWilliams away from Tennesee Tech.
The bonus allotment for the 232nd overall pick is $160,700.
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