Phillies select right-hander Colton Eastman in 4th round
The Philadelphia Phillies didn't have a selection in the 2nd or 3rd rounds of this year's First-Year Major League Baseball Draft. On Day 2 of the draft, their first pick was in round four and they used it to select right-handed pitcher Colton Eastman out of Cal State Fullerton. Both Tom Eshleman and Connor Seabold were drafted from Cal State Fullerton and are in the Phillies system.
Here's his scouting report from MLB.com:
As a freshman, he was touching 94 mph with his fastball, but hasn't gotten back there since, typically sitting in the 89-92 range. Early this season, Eastman used a plus changeup with tremendous success and showed a below-average breaking ball. Over the course of the spring, his curve has bounced back and flashes above-average, but his changeup has regressed. He's a strike-thrower, but not quite with the precision Eshelman or Seabold showed during their days anchoring the Titans rotation. Eastman missed a good chunk of his sophomore season with elbow inflammation and has not pitches over the summer in either of the past two years. He's shown no ill effects this year, though and a team that believes he could have two above-average secondary offerings to go along with his feel for pitching could snag him early as a back-end starter type who could move quickly
The 22-year-old stands at 6-foot-3 and played three seasons at Cal State Fullerton, posting a record of 20-6 to go along with a 2.20 ERA, striking out 253 batters while issuing just 63 walks. That's good for 9.29 strikeouts per nine innings.
Eastman was originally drafted by the Twins back in the 2015 MLB Draft, but he opted to not sign and instead went to go play for Cal State Fullerton. He earned Freshman All-American honors in 2016 after putting up a 2.24 ERA in 100.2 innings, striking out 100 hitters and walking just 20 for a WHIP of 0.97. During his sophomore season, he missed 2.5 months due to an elbow injury, but returned to post a 2.14 ERA over 33.2 innings of work.
In March, he tossed the fifth no-hitter in Cal State Fullerton's history.
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