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.