2012 MLB Mock Draft: Phillies Considering RHP Mitch Gueller In 'Sandwich' Round?

The Philadelphia Phillies don't have any first round picks in today's 2012 MLB Draft. While ESPN's Keith Law does not mock the so-called "sandwich" round of the MLB Draft (used for compensatory picks), he does say in his final mock draft that the Phillies are interested in right-handed pitcher Mitch Gueller (WF West (Wash.) HS) with one of their compensatory picks.

Here's what Law says about Gueller (6-3, 205):

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 $)

The Yankees have also been a team associated with Gueller. They have the 30th pick of the first round, which is ten spots before the Phillies first pick in the sandwich round.

The MLB Draft begins tonight at 7 p.m. on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com.

For more on the MLB Draft and the Phillies, please be sure to check out our blog The Good Phight and SB Nation Philly.

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