Kevin Gowdy MLB Draft Prospect

Kevin Gowdy is a MLB Draft Prospect for the 2016 MLB Draft. His numbers while playing at Santa Barbara high school are not as overwhelming like some others but there is a reason this 6'4" right hander is so highly regarded as Top Prospect that sparked the interest of many teams during the time we was a member of the gold medal winning Team USA squad in Osaka, Japan last summer.

Kevin Gowdy Scouting Report

Gowdy would help Team USA win their third straight world championship as he earned a win against Mexico while also pitching two scoreless innings in relief during a comeback win over Cuba that put Team USA into the championship game. During his junior season of high school he pitched just 26 innings as he went 3-0 with a 0.27 ERA. During those five appearances for the Dons he allowed just one earned run while striking out 42 and walking seven as he was named to the All-Channel League first team.

It was his second year on the varsity team as he pitched 23 innings, allowed four earned runs, walked seven and struck out 20 as a sophomore to earn All-League Honorable Mention as well as Underclass All-American honorable mention honors from Perfect Game USA. Ranked No. 11 in the 2016 Perfect Game USA Top 500 High School Prospects list Gowdy was a 2015 Perfect Game USA first-team Underclass All-American and was also named to the Baseball America 2015 Area Code Games All-Tournament Team. Helping him earn those honors from Perfect Game he was ability to pitch effectively and command his 94-mph heater while also showing great offspeed pitches at Perfect Game All-American Classic. Rawlings also named him to their Top Prospect list at the 2014 Junior National Showcase as 2014 also saw him named to the 2014 Perfect Game WWBA World Championship All-Tournament team. While getting ready for his senior season he worked out back in December with Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander and he said back in September that the one thing he would be working on the most over the next six months would be his change up to keep hitters off balance.

#mlbdraft prospect Kevin Gowdy is expected to be a first round selection - BIO

He has signed a letter of intent with UCLA and Bruins head coach John Savage said in a press release after signing day that "Kevin is one of the best right handed pitchers in the country." "He proved that this summer with Team USA. Along with a low 90's fastball Kevin has a slider that really adds to his repertoire. He is a potential front line pitcher the day he arrives onto our campus." One of several big time Bruins recruits we will see if he ever sets foot onto a college campus after being an expected early draft pick.

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