The Philadelphia Phillies selected right-handed pitcher Mitch Gueller out of W.F. West High School in Kansas with the 57th overall pick of the 2012 MLB Draft. Gueller is currently signed on the play with the Washington State Cougars in college. He was considered a potential compensatory round pickup before the draft. ESPN's Keith Law broke down Gueller's game for ESPN Insider.
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.
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