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Phils take second high school righty in Gueller

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies took two high school pitchers with their first two picks in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft on Monday.

They selected right-hander Shane Watson 40th overall and right-hander Mitch Gueller 54th overall.

Gueller is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander from William F. West High School in Chehalis, Wash. He went 6-0 with a 0.82 ERA this season, allowing just 12 hits, four earned runs and 22 walks in 43 2/3 innings. He struck out 70.

Phillies assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever said Gueller looks a lot like Roger Clemens, but he also compared him in build, stuff and athleticism to Phillies prospect Trevor May. Gueller is an excellent athlete. He has committed to Washington State and was an all-state quarterback in football.

"He's very athletic and very competitive," Wolever said.

Gueller's fastball hit 94 mph this spring. Wolever said Gueller also has a chance to develop a plus curveball and a plus changeup.

"We've seen a bunch of them," Wolever said of his first two picks. "Pat Gillick spent a lot of time up there. Pat and a whole bunch of us have seen these kids a whole bunch."

The Phillies are optimistic Gueller will sign. If he does, he will open with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies.

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