Kevin Gowdy

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Kevin Gowdy
Philadelphia Phillies
Born: (1997-11-16) November 16, 1997 (age 21)
Santa Barbara, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Kevin R. Gowdy (born November 16, 1997) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He attended Santa Barbara High School in Santa Barbara, California and was considered a top prospect for the 2016 MLB draft.[1][2][3] Gowdy was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round, with the 42nd overall pick.[4]


Gowdy made Santa Barbara High School's varsity team as a sophomore. That year, he had a 0–2 win-loss record and 1.27 earned run average (ERA) in 23 innings pitched. As a junior, he improved to 3–0 with a 0.27 ERA in 26 innings pitched, signing a National Letter of Intent to UCLA after leading his team to the CIF-SS Division II playoffs for the second straight year.[5] He also won a gold medal with the United States at the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Japan. He earned a win against Mexico, and pitched two scoreless innings to lead Team USA to a comeback win over Cuba in the semifinal.[6]

After his junior year, Gowdy was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He signed with the Phillies for $3.5 million[7] and was assigned to the GCL Phillies, where he spent the remainder of the season, posting a 4.00 ERA in nine innings pitched.[8] He did not report to a minor league club to begin the 2017 season and underwent Tommy John surgery in August of the same year, ending his season indefinitely.[9]

Scouting report[edit]

Gowdy throws a fastball between 89–92 miles per hour (143–148 km/h), a changeup, and a breaking ball.[10]


  1. ^ Belinsky, Hudson (March 10, 2016). "Kevin Gowdy Among SoCal's Top Prospects". Baseball America. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Punzal, Barry (April 11, 2016). "Kevin Gowdy Impresses Coach With His Poise Under Pressure". Noozhawk. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Zielinski III, Dan (March 21, 2016). "An advanced high school pitcher: Kevin Gowdy". The3rdManIn. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Helfand, Zach (June 9, 2016). "Santa Barbara's Kevin Gowdy is taken No. 42 overall by Phillies in MLB draft". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "UCLA Baseball Signs 13 Players to NLIs". UCLA Athletics. November 23, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Punzal, Barry (September 7, 2015). "Gowdy is a world champion with USA U18s". Presidio Sports. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "Phils reach deals with 4 more from Draft haul". Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Kevin Gowdy Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Phillies pitching prospect Kevin Gowdy sidelined for a year after Tommy John surgery". NBC Sports. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kevin Gowdy Profile". Prospect Pipeline. Retrieved April 17, 2016.

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