Eflin next Phils prospect in line for Grapefruit start

Eflin next Phils prospect in line for Grapefruit start

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies are giving one more pitching prospect a look before they head to Philadelphia next Thursday.

They announced Friday that right-hander Zach Eflin will start Monday afternoon against the Pirates in Bradenton. The Phillies acquired Eflin in December in the Jimmy Rollins trade with the Dodgers. MLB.com ranks Eflin as the fifth-best prospect in the organization. The Phillies also received left-hander Tom Windle, who ranks sixth, in that deal.

The Padres selected Eflin, 20, in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He went 10-7 with a 3.80 ERA in 24 starts last season with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore.

The Phillies had No. 15 prospect Severino Gonzalez pitch Tuesday against the Braves. He allowed three hits and struck out two in three scoreless innings. No. 2 prospect Aaron Nola pitched Friday against the Yankees. He allowed five hits and struck out four in three scoreless innings.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.