The Phillies stuck with their new philosophy of selecting players who can climb through the minor leagues quickly when they took left-handed pitcher Matt Imhof from Cal Poly.

At 6-foot-5, Imhof doesn’t light up the radar gun, but he piles up the strikeouts. In 99 1/3 innings last season Imhof struck out 124, which was sixth most in the NCAA Division I. It was Imhof’s pitching that led Cal Poly to the NCAA regionals for the first time in school history.

Though his fastball tops out at 94 mph, Imhof features a big, sweeping curve with a deceptive delivery. Scouts say that it appears as if the ball is coming out of Imhof’s ear when he releases it.

“He’s a big left-hander with a plus fastball, above-average breaking ball and a lot of deception in his delivery,” scouting director Marti Wolever said. “We’ve seen a lot of him and he’s a rotation guy -- middle to the back of the rotation.”

Imhof is also polished and has good command of the strike zone. That bodes well for Imhof to climb through the organization quickly.