No. 18: Left-handed pitcher Kyle Young
The biggest pitcher (both in terms of size and prospect power) heading into the season with short-season Williamsport was the seven-foot lefty, Kyle Young. He had a solid professional debut working mostly out of the bullpen in the Gulf Coast League last year after being drafted in the 22nd round. As it turns out, the Phillies may have gotten a steal.
Getting the chance to work exclusively out of the rotation this year, Young was dominant. He struck out 9.97 batters per nine innings while walking just 2.08 per nine over 13 starts, finishing the year with a 2.77 ERA and an even more encouraging 2.20 fielding-independent pitching.
In addition to taking a step forward statistically, Young’s velocity did as well. His fastball is starting to climb into the low-90s and could very well top out at 95 in the future. Mixed with the extension Young gets thanks to his size, he can overpower hitters. Due to this alone, Young could be a back-end starter. Mix that with ever-improving secondary pitches and Young could continue to move up lists.