Thursday, February 14, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #22 RHP Connor Seabold

Connor Seabold, image- MiLB.com
Selected in the third round of the 2017 MLB amateur draft, right-hander Connor Seabold made an immediate splash upon debuting as a pro and has continued to impress as he has moved upward in the developmental ranks at a swift pace.

In his college career at Cal State Fullerton, the California native tallied a 23-15 record with a save, three complete games, a 2.96 ERA and a 9.5 K/9 mark in 56 appearances (42 starts) overall.

After signing with the Phillies, Seabold posted a 2-0 record with a 0.90 ERA and a .143 batting average against while striking out 13 batters and walking two in 10 innings of work in relief for the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters.

Last season, Seabold took quite a jump, opening the season with Class A Advanced Clearwater and switching to a starting role. In 12 games there he notched a 4-4 record with a 3.77 ERA, a .213 batting average against as well as an 8.5 K/9 mark.

The six-foot-three 190-pounder earned a promotion to Double-A Reading in late June. With the Fightin Phils, Seabold would post a 1-4 record with a 4.91 ERA, a .241 BAA and a 9.8 K/9 mark.

Command is a big positive for Seabold, who features fastball velocity that generally resides in the 90 to 93 MPH range, a solid change up and a serviceable curveball. He can throw all three offerings for strikes and his walk rate is not a concern for the young hurler.

The ceiling for Seabold could be a back-end starting pitcher in the majors, which would be a valuable piece to the rebuilding puzzle that has been the Phillies of recent years.

Seabold, who turned 23 years old in January, could likely open the 2019 campaign back with Reading, where he would look to build on his success from last year and take strides toward the next level.

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