MLB Draft Scouting Report: Carson Baranik

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, Carson Baranik.

Name: Carson Baranik
Position: Pitcher
School: Parkway H.S. (La.)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 205
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, Under Armour All-American

Physical Description

Baranik has a slightly above average size frame and is an above average athlete. He has some room to fill out, but is somewhat physically mature already. He probably won't fill out to become a power pitcher, but his velocity should tick up a bit.

Mechanics

Baranik has an over the top arm action, but is pretty rough out of his hand break. This could be a bit of a red flag. He keeps his mechanics fairly consistent and throws a lot of strikes. There's a downward tip in his shoulders onto his back leg that pro coaches will probably want to change also.

Fastball

His current fastball is only fringe-average right now, as he works at 89-90 mph and gets up to 91-92 mph in shorter stints. He commands well and stays down in the strike zone.

Curveball

Baranik's best weapon is his curveball. This is pitch that easily has plus potential and flashes plus currently. He shows plus downward bite at 75-78 mph and spots the pitch well.

Changeup

Baranik's mixes his pitches well, and gets his changeup into the mix quite a bit. Thrown at 78-81 mph, he sells it well and has fringe command with potential average command down the line.

Summation

Baranik has the feel for pitching right now, but what he lacks is present plus stuff. His breaking ball stacks up with anyone, but beyond that is somewhat of a long term project.

Draft Projection: 5th-8th round

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