MLB Draft Scouting Report: Grayson Garvin

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 Scout.com, 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 college lefty, Grayson Garvin.

Name: Grayson Garvin
Position: Pitcher
School: Vanderbilt
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 220
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League, SEC Tournament

Physical Description 

Garvin has an extra large, long frame. And, he uses that 6-foot-6 frame to get on top of his pitches nicely. He's pretty well filled out already, but there's a little bit of additional room for added bulk. But, if you're thinking projection, as big as he is now this is about what he's going to be long term.

Mechanics

Repeatability is the key with Garvin and he does this as well as anyone in the country. Despite his extra tall frame, Garvin repeats his mechanics extremely well and gets on top, creating good fastball movement and downward plane. There is some concern long term, however, over his head snap and recoil at the end of his delivery. It doesn't give him problems command wise but might be durability question mark down the road.

Fastball

He's not going to blow the ball by professional hitters but there's more than enough life and movement to be very effective. He's a tick better than average for a lefty, or a 55 on the 20-80 scale. This spring he's sat 89-93 mph, living steadily around 90-91. The key to his success is the command of his fastball, though.

Curveball

Garvin's curveball is of the sweeping variety and could probably use a little tightening once he arrives in the pros. It gives collegiate lefty hitters some severe difficulties, but long term it probably needs to be sharper. He works at 73-75 mph with 11-5 action. If he can get better extension and clean up the finish to his arm action, this could help this pitch long term. Regardless, it's still a fringe-average offering that will give lefties some trouble as it is.

Changeup

This is probably Garvin's most effective pitch. He throws it at 79-81 mph, which of course is some very strong differential from his fastball. He locates very well and the spin and arm action matches his fastball very accurately. Garvin will get some swings and misses from righties at the next level on this pitch and it grades out above average.

Summation 

Garvin is not going to blow hitters away, but he's not a finesse pitcher either. He has three solid offerings and a fastball that can be a tick better than average at times. Combine that with his plus command of his pitches and Garvin has the look of a good number three starter at the next level.  And, in terms of ETA, he's the type of guy who could come along pretty fast for the team who nabs him.

Draft Projection: Late First Round

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