Phillies Prospect Breakdown: Christian McGowan, RHP, Reading Fightin Phils, AA

The Player

McGowan was the Phillies’ seventh-round selection in 2021 out of Eastern Oklahoma State JC. He spent three seasons at the school and blossomed in his draft year after switching from a four-seamer to a sinker and upping his velocity considerably.

The righthander was committed to Texas Tech but signed for $577,000. He had Tommy John surgery in 2022 and didn’t make his 2023 debut until July. He made up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League.

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McGowan operates primarily with his sinker-slider combo but will mix in a changeup every so often as well. The fastball is in the mid-90s and can touch 98 with wicked running life that helped him get grounders by the bushel.

The pitch is thrown from a higher-than-average release height for a sinking fastball. McGowan has two types of sliders: a sweeper for whiffs and a tighter-breaking gyro to drop in for called strikes.

He throws a high-80s changeup, though some scouts think he might be a candidate for a splitter that would give him a weapon to attack north-south. He has below-average control and the Phillies would like him to learn that it’s OK to pitch to contact.


McGowan will pitch at an upper-level stop in 2024 and could be a candidate for a late-season big-league debut if things fall into place. He has an outside chance for a back-end role but more likely fits as a late-inning power arm.

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