Phillies Rule 5 Draft Possibilities

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Cubs pitcher Black during the 2015 Arizona Fall League ‘Fall Stars’ game.

(Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Corey Black, P: This 24-year-old right hander from the Chicago Cubs’ Double-A affiliate struggled in the 2015 season, posting a 4.92 ERA to go along with a 1.407 WHIP. The Cubs’ 4th round pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft eventually transitioned to the bullpen, where he recorded a 7.09 ERA in 24 outings.

Black’s numbers admittedly aren’t impressive. However, he does have the ability to rack up strikeouts. This is demonstrated by his 101/86 strikeouts to innings-pitched ratio last season. Because of this ability to strikeout batters with a plus fastball and slider, he could serve a role in a big league bullpen.

The Phillies’ bullpen, like their outfield, is overflowing with 14 potential arms currently on the 40-man roster. A lot can change from now until spring training, but adding a bullpen arm is likely not a top priority for Klentak and the Phillies. Still, his stuff warrants consideration.

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