MLB Draft Scouting Report: Nick Burdi

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our draft coverage here at, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep righty, Nick Burdi.

Name: Nick Burdi
Position: Pitcher
School: Downers Grove South H.S. (Ill.)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Under Armour All-American

Nick Burdi, RHP, Downers Grove South HS (Ill.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.

Physical Description

Burdi has a strong, durable frame with some room to still add some muscle as he matures. He's broad shouldered and proportioned. He's not overly projectable but there's still some projection to work with.


Mechanics are going to be a question mark lingering over Burdi's head. His arm action is very rough and it can be seen even from the untrained eye that it could lead to some problems for him. He does repeat well, so it's not something that impacts his stuff or command. But, it may limit his durability down the road.


Burdi is a power arm that also gets lot of heavy action on his fastball. He works at 91-94 mph, kicking it up to 95 now and then. The movement is outstanding and he's going to produce a lot of groundballs as a pro.


Burdi throws a short, tight slider and the feel is average with potential to be plus down the road. He throws it at 80-83 mph with late bite and traditional slider tilt.


The changeup isn't a big part of Burdi's repertoire yet but he does show it now and then. It comes in at 78-82 mph and the arm action sells it fairly well.


Whoever takes Burdi is taking him purely for his live arm. They are gambling on his delivery or are surrendering to the idea that he may end up being a reliever long term. But, he's around the plate and has at least one quality secondary offering.

Draft Projection: 2nd round

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