MLB Draft Scouting Report: Mason Hope

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Name: Mason Hope
Position: Pitcher
School: Broken Arrow H.S. (Okla.)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase

Mason Hope, RHP, Broken Arrow H.S. (Okla.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

Hope has a well proportioned, athletic frame. There's plenty of room for added size as he matures and that should lead to some additional velocity. He's a long, loose athlete with a great deal of physical upside.

Mechanics

He works from a full windup, and has a long, loose arm action. Getting on his front side a little early is a minor problem he'll need to work on, but otherwise has a pretty clean delivery.

Fastball

I expect the velocity to eventually come for Hope. Right now he works at 88-90 mph, but does it with relative ease. There could be a spike in the next couple years given his frame and athleticism. He can crank it up to 91-92 at times, and in time he should be able to sit around there.

Curveball

Hope has a very advanced feel for his breaking pitches. His curveball comes in at 71-73 mph and should tighten up as his velocity increases. It shows good 11-5 action and he keeps it on the corners of the zone with regularity.

Slider

The Oklahoma native also has another variation of his breaking ball. The slider comes in around 77-80 mph. He shows a good feel for this pitch and it's probably superior to his curveball at this point.

Summation

Hope is a pure projection case, and has started showing more velocity this spring. He will take some time to reach his ceiling, but already has a feel for three pitches. If he fills out as scouts expect, he has the look of a quality mid-rotation big league starter.

Draft Projection: 4th-6th round

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