Breaking down Phillies Day Two draft picks: Rounds 4-10

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 26: A fan attempts to catch a home run ball off the bat of Nick Williams of the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park on May 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 2-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 26: A fan attempts to catch a home run ball off the bat of Nick Williams of the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park on May 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 2-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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Round Seven: Left-handed pitcher Gabriel Cotto

In the seventh round, the Phillies took Gabriel Cotto, a left-handed pitcher from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. Cotto was born in May 2000, just turning 18. The above video is really all we have to study him.

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In the video, Cotto displays four pitches: a fastball, sinker, slider, and changeup. The fastball velocity is only around 89-90 and it doesn’t have any tremendous amount of movement. The sinker has some decent movement when thrown away from the glove side. Cotto’s slider has some good movement and could be his go-to secondary. His changeup also looks decent.

Cotto’s windup is clean and easy, so he shouldn’t have too many mechanical issues.

The team likely sees a long, lanky project arm they often take gambles on in the international market. If any team knows how to develop those kinds of pitchers, it’s the Phillies.

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