MLB Draft Scouting Report: Pat Connaughton

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, 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, Pat Connaughton.

Name: Pat Connaughton
Position: Pitcher
School: St. Johns Prep (N.J.)
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase

Physical Description

Connaughton has an extra large frame, and one that just screams projection. He's still very thin and figures to fill out nicely in the next few years. Projection is a major factor for anyone drafting him.


Delivering the ball is a bit of a challenge for Connaughton. He's very long and a bit gawky so he's still getting a feel for his mechanics. He throws from a high three-quarter arm angle and gets on top, using his height very well.


There are two things to like about Connaughton's fastball. One is that it's going to get a lot better and that he already produces heavy, downward movement. Currently he sits around 89-91 mph, and jacks it up to 92 at times. As he matures, he will almost certainly sit in the low 90s eventually. He's already breaking bats with his heavy action and gets a lot of ground balls.


The curveball is a big weapon for Connaughton and he locates nicely. Working at 72-75 mph, he spots it on the corners on a consistent basis. The bite is a little inconsistent, but this has the potential to be a plus pitch as he gets more consistent mechanically.


Connaughton is a big time projection case, but one that already has two quality offerings working in his favor. He throws a lot of strikes, but his command in the zone will need to come around. The upside is tremendous though, and if things pan out he could be a front of the rotation arm.

Draft Projection: 3rd-5th round

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