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Offline imref

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Follow the Prospects: Holden Powell, RHP
« Topic Start: June 26, 2020, 10:06:59 AM »
6'0"
189 lbs
Selected in the 3rd round of the 2020 draft out of UCLA (94th overall)
DOB: 9/9/1999

Highlights via uclabruins.com

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Selected in the third round (No. 94 overall pick) of the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Washington Nationals ... At the conclusion of his true junior season, owned a career 2.26 ERA and 26 saves ... 2019 NCBWA Stopper of the Year and First Team All-American ... Second all-time in UCLA history in career saves ... Career 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings ratio ... 2018 Freshman All-American ... 2020 All-American.

Career Highlights
2019 NCBWA Stopper of the Year
Two-time All-American (2019-20)
2018 Freshman All-American
2019 All-Pac-12 Team

2020
Made eight appearances out of the bullpen for UCLA ... Had no record, three saves, a 0.00 ERA, and 20 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings ... Named a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball ... Led the team in K/9 (19.3), saves, and ERA ... Ranked second in the Pac-12 in saves and eighth in appearances ... Allowed just three hits on the year, including just one over his final five outings ... Pitched at least one full inning in every one of his appearances, including three outings in which he was asked to get four outs or more ... Had multiple strikeouts in seven of eight appearances, including five outings with 3+ Ks ... Allowed just one extra-base hit, a double in his season debut ... Named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List.

Closer of the future: https://calltothepen.com/2020/06/25/washington-nationals-holden-powell-next-home-grown-closer/

Seems there's a decent chance he's in the majors next year

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Holden Powell, RHP
« Reply #1: June 26, 2020, 10:51:10 AM »
Curious if the Nats have him in the 60 man pool to get him more innings and to work with him at this stage in development.  He seems like the type they might have hoped they could push to AA for the 2d half of the season.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Holden Powell, RHP
« Reply #2: June 26, 2020, 07:06:28 PM »
I think it depends on how you treat the 60 man- is it a fall back if the 26 man clubhouse gets Covid, or is it development

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Holden Powell, RHP
« Reply #3: June 26, 2020, 07:42:38 PM »
I think it depends on how you treat the 60 man- is it a fall back if the 26 man clubhouse gets Covid, or is it development
It's clearly a fallback/pool of players for dealing with C-19. But that doesnt mean you cant also develop players on it.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Holden Powell, RHP
« Reply #4: June 27, 2020, 03:30:02 PM »
It's clearly a fallback/pool of players for dealing with C-19. But that doesnt mean you cant also develop players on it.
article up in the 60/40 or 30 thread mentions teams are likely to take different approaches to the 60 man pool.  Non-contenders may be more likely to put lower prospects on the list to continue development even if they will not play in the majors this year.  Contenders generally may be more concerned about big league depth.  Powell is a tweener in that he's a college arm with a specific skill.  That can be a quick path to the majors.  IF a middle reliever just doesn't have it this year, and he's doing well in camp with nice stuff, do you bring him in quickly?