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After bolstering the farm's outfield by making Mickey Moniak the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's MLB draft, the Phillies opted for pitching with the top selection in the second round.

The Phils drafted right-hander Kevin Gowdy from Santa Barbara High School in California with the 42nd selection.  

Gowdy, 18, is 6-foot-4 and 170 pounds. MLB.com slotted him as the 37th-ranked draft prospect, while Baseball America had him at No. 39.

Phillies scouting director Johnny Almaraz was happy to see Gowdy still available at pick No. 42.

“He’s a young right-handed pitcher who has the ability to command the baseball at such a young age,” Almaraz said (see story). “He has an above-average fastball and good breaking stuff. I’m a believer you can’t teach somebody how to pitch. He’s got that innate ability to pitch and get hitters out and that’s what we want in this organization, frontline pitchers.”

Both Gowdy and Moniak entered draft night as UCLA commits.

The Phillies have 38 picks remaining. They lead off the third round Friday with the 78th overall selection.