Phillies address pitching, infield on day two of MLB Draft
Another big collegiate pitcher, Andrew Schultz went just about where MLB.com projected him to go in the middle of day two.
At 6’4 195 pounds the righty fits the profile of Philadelphia’s draft picks this year, at least for the pitchers. Baseball America calls Schultz one of the “hardest throwing pitchers in college baseball.” They project him to be a reliever with strange throwing mechanics but a fastball that can hit triple digits.
Schultz looks like he’s throwing a dart or a dodgeball by bringing his arm all the way behind him.
Publications say Schultz needs to dial things back and focus on throwing strikes, not hard. If he can develop into a late-inning reliever or potentially a closer, the Phillies could have a steal on their hands.
Yet another college pitcher goes to the Phillies with 6’2 righty Brett Schulze from Minnesota.
MLB.com profiles Schulze as a reliever with a hard fastball mixed with a cutter and slider. They say his command needs work, but he’s a very fierce competitor. Baseball America said he needs to work on developing his below-average curveball, which they said was more of a slurve.
The Phillies clearly showed in the middle of day two what their focus was: adding big college pitchers who could profile as middle of the rotation starters to back of the bullpen relievers. They took a couple swipes here and if they’re lucky they’ll hit on one.