Phillies Prospect Breakdown: Kehden Hettiger, C, Clearwater Threshers, A

The Player

When the first two days of the Draft came and went in 2023, Hettiger may have thought he was headed to Oregon for college ball. But the Phillies hadn’t quite used up their bonus pool money over the top 10 rounds and were able to nab Hettiger in Round 11, going over the Day 3 slot ($150,000) to sign him for just under $400,000.

 He made his very brief pro debut in the Florida Complex League last summer after signing. A switch-hitter, Hettiger appears to be better from the left side than the right, though he sees the ball well and has good at-bats from both sides of the plate.

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He’s used a small trigger in his swing in the past but tends to be on time and has an advanced approach with excellent pitch recognition. There’s plenty of raw power to tap into, and that shows up more when he’s hitting left-handed.

Strength gained this offseason could start showing up at the plate during his first full season. Hettiger didn’t catch a ton in high school, as the solid athlete moved around and played the infield corners quite a bit.

Projection

There’s work to be done on his receiving, but he sets up well behind the plate. He’s already shown that he has more than enough arm to remain behind the plate, throwing out several potential base stealers in the FCL, with the Phillies having a bit more faith that he can stick there.

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