2012 MLB Draft: Phillies Select RHP Mitch Gueller with 54th Pick

The Phillies have once again delved into the baseball talent pool in the Pacific Northwest, selecting right-handed pitcher Mitch Guellar with their second pick in the compensation round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Gueller has signed a commitment to Washington State.

Keith Law discussed Gueller and the Phillies, saying the following:

Gueller began the year as a two-way prospect but gained steam on the mound as his velocity ticked up this spring. He's projectable and the athleticism that helps him play the outfield shows in his delivery, which he repeats well. Gueller sits 91-93 mph but has touched 95, and he stays on top well, creating some downward plane and sink and allowing him to attack the lower third of the strike zone. He also offers a curveball in the low-to-mid 70s with depth, although it's inconsistent and he lacks command of the pitch. His changeup has some sink at 82-85 mph, but he doesn't trust it just yet, and it's a pitch he tends to bury in his arsenal.

He's poised and shows mettle in tight situations and does not lose stuff from the stretch. He also has a quick, effective move to first base. At the plate Gueller lets the ball get deep and thrusts his hands through the zone, producing searing line drives and deep fly balls. He stays closed and uses the middle of the field well. His stuff on the mound is likely to carry him, however, and his ceiling is likely as a No. 3 starter. (via ESPN Insider $)

Having a hard time finding some pitching videos, but here's a sweet one called "Mitch Gueller Makes Grand Slam":


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