MLB Draft Scouting Report: Hawtin Buchanan

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, Hawtin Buchanan.

Name: Hawtin Buchanan
Position: Pitcher
School: Biloxi H.S. (Miss.)
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 240
Bats/Throws: L/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase

Physical Description

It doesn't take long to notice Buchanan's massive frame. He's every bit of his listed height and still not completely filled out. He's only going to get stronger, and the more he gets a feel for his long frame the better off he'll be.

Mechanics

Like every pitcher his size, he doesn't have the feel for his delivery quite yet. His timing in his delivery can come and go in a hurry, and it's just something he'll need to contend with in the next few years. His arm action is long and clean. He gathers well at his leg kick and mostly stays tall, using that great height.

Fastball

Buchanan has reportedly cranked it up to 93-94 mph this spring, but last summer mostly worked at 89-91 mph with some good two seam movement. This could just be the beginning of a nearly inevitable velocity spike as he gets more and more comfortable with his height and delivery.

Curveball

The curveball is a major project for the team that drafts Buchanan. He tends to telegraph it, and it rolls up there at 70-72 mph. Mostly it lacks snap and he doesn't throw it with a lot of conviction. If he signs, this pitch will be a revamp most likely for a pitching coordinator.

Summation

Buchanan is 6-foot-8 canvas for a club to dream on. He's a guy who could one day pitch in the low to mid 90s, and despite his inconsistencies he's generally around the plate currently. The secondary pitches are a big project, but a project worth taking a chance on.

Draft Projection: 3rd-5th round

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