MLB Draft Scouting Report: Deshorn Lake

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Name: Deshorn Lake
Position: Pitcher
School: Menchville H.S. (Va.)
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: R/R

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

Deshorn Lake, RHP, Menchville HS (Va.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.

Physical Description

Lake doesn't have the prototypical height for a right-handed starter, but he's very strong and thick in the lower half. There's not a whole lot of projection involved with him, so what you see is probably what you get long term.


The 210 pound righty has a free and easy delivery and the ball comes out of his hand pretty nicely. Working from a high three-quarter delivery and given his lack of height, he doesn't create a great angle so he needs to be extra conscious of working down in the strike zone.


Lake sits steadily at 92-93 mph with some late hop. Hitters react to it like it's a couple ticks higher. From stretch, he's lost some significant velocity and often dips to 88-91 mph. He stays down in the zone consistently and generally locates the heater very well. He grades out about 55 on the 20-80 scale.


He doesn't have the typical velocity to classify this breaking as a slider, but it acts like a slider through the zone. He throws it at 77-80 mph with plus tilt and breaks late, and hard out of the zone. This is a potential plus pitch once he shows more consistent command of it. Lake has toyed with a large number of different secondary pitches rather than mastering one. This is a pitch he needs to focus on.


The changeup is not a big part of Lake's repertoire. He shows it occasionally at 80-81 mph, but it's purely a show pitch at this early stage.


Lake is not among the blue chip high school pitchers in this class, but he still has a lot going for him. He'll sit consistently around 92-93 mph, and may bump it up to 94-95 when he's fully matured and he has the plus slider to go with it. He's not far enough along to say what he can be long term, but he has some interesting raw components.

Draft Projection: 3rd-5rd round

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