MLB Draft Scouting Report: Dillon Maples

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 prep righty, Dillon Maples.

Name: Dillon Maples
Position: Pitcher
School: Pinecrest H.S. (N.C.)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 188
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American

Dillon Maples, RHP, Pinecrest HS (N.C.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

Maples has an above average size frame with some room to grow. He's a better than average athlete with fast twitch muscles. There is definitely some projection left as he matures.

Mechanics

Maples' delivery is one of the only things keeping him from being among the elite few prep arms in the class. There's a lot of arm involved but not much else. He comes across his body and doesn't do much in the way of using his body to generate velocity. And, the finish to his arm action is less than ideal. How his arm holds up long term, despite his extra fast arm speed, remains to be seen.

Fastball

The fastball, like many prep arms, is what put Maples on the map last summer. He sits 92-95 mph with his fastball and has gotten it up to 96-97 mph in shorter stints. He generates this from his plus arm speed for the most part. His fastball bores in on the hands of righties and he's going to break a lot of bats at the pro level. His fastball command from the stretch is an issue, though. For that matter, fastball command in general is spotty for Maples.

Curveball

Maples throws a harder variety of breaking ball that's much more like a slider at 80-82 mph. But, he works more with a sharp, late breaking downer curveball at 77-80 mph. This is a true, plus swing and miss offering with 70 potential on the 20-80 scouting scale.

Changeup

Maples is almost exclusively a two pitch pitcher at this stage. But, he has worked in a changeup or two now and then. It's in the rudimentary stages and he will need it at the next level.

Summation

Maples has something tremendous going for him and that's a dominant, swing and miss 1-2 combo in his arsenal that will be successful at any level. But, command, arm action, and his third pitch are all negatives for scouts to weigh with him.

Draft Projection: First Compensation round

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