The Phillies went heavy on college pitchers early on in the draft last year. One of the first they picked was Cal State Fullerton’s Connor Seabold in the third round.
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Seabold logged 127.2 innings during the spring at Fullerton, so he didn’t pitch much after being drafted. He made five appearances in short-season Williamsport, logging 10 innings. He struck out 13 batters in and walked just two. They were strong numbers, but it was a small sample size.
Seabold is often compared to Eshelman, who had his breakout in 2017. Seabold is seen as a No. 4 starter who could move up the ladder quickly, so a start in Lakewood is likely. Plenty of other pitchers had strong seasons there last year, so Seabold could follow that trend.