4 pitchers the Phillies might take a chance on in the Rule 5 Draft

Some intriguing arms are available in this year's Rule 5 Draft at the MLB Winter Meetings.

There are some pitchers the Philadelphia Phillies might be interested in picking in the 2023 Rule 5 Draft
There are some pitchers the Philadelphia Phillies might be interested in picking in the 2023 Rule 5 Draft / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa, RHP, Texas Rangers

Right-handed reliever Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa hasn't faced very much advanced competition but excelled when he did this year in the Arizona Fall League.

The 23-year-old out of Hawaii only got as high as High-A during the regular season. Per MLB.com, he only pitched the second half of the season after dealing with non-structural shoulder issues in the first half. He pitched to a 2.96 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 25 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings out of the bullpen across three levels.

Hoopii-Tuionetoa's 94-99 mph fastball and hard slider make him intriguing. He used those offerings to record a 0.00 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings of relief work in the AFL. And we know how much Dombrowski and the Phillies love velocity in the bullpen, via Matt Gelb of The Athletic (subscription required).

Tyler Owens, RHP, Atlanta Braves

Tyler Owens, Atlanta Braves No. 26 prospect, is another arm with plenty of velocity to entice the Phillies. The 22-year-old pitched 65 1/3 innings between High- and Double-A this season, with a 3.03 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He spent time both as a starter and reliever.

According to MLB.com, the right-hander has a power repertoire, with a fastball up to 98 mph and a hard slider, that would be intriguing coming out of a big league bullpen.

"Strong, compact and athletic, Owens has always been a pitcher who has had a ton of arm strength," reads his Pipeline scouting report. "His stuff has ticked up as high as 98 mph as he has gotten accustomed to shorter stints. His slider has gotten a bit harder and sharper, with good short break, thrown in the low-to-mid-80s."

Ian Bedell, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals' No. 16 prospect Ian Bedell got his career back on track this season after Tommy John surgery in 2021, which forced him to miss most of 2022. The 2020 fourth-round pick only pitched in High-A this year but was impressive in his 96 innings. He had a 2.44 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and registered 106 strikeouts in 27 appearances (19 starts).

The 24-year-old righty can get his fastball into the upper 90s with good life up in the zone, and he showed a good curveball this year, per MLB.com. According to his Pipeline scouting report, Bedell also added a low-80s slider which helped him up his strikeouts. He may be too far away from the upper levels to have any takers in the Rule 5 Draft, but he remains an intriguing arm nonetheless.

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