2012 Draft Report: Walker Weickel

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our 2012 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, Walker Weickel.

Name: Walker Weickel
Position: Pitcher
School: Olympia H.S. (Fla.)
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 205
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


Walker Weickel, RHP, Olympia H.S. (Fla.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

Weickel's body type is fully explained in his listed height and weight. He has a towering frame with a lot of room to grow into it over the years. He has extra long legs and space to pack on a great deal of muscle. Weickel is well proportioned and is highly athletic as well.

Mechanics

Weickel's delivery is as good and as sound as you'll find at the high school level. He works from a full wind-up, stays back over the rubber very well, and stays very compact at his balance point. But, most importantly everything looks relatively easy. His arm works well, and the baseball explodes out of his hand. He comes straight over the top and his finish is very consistent. Repeating is the biggest thing you look for with high school pitchers and Weickel repeats with ease.

Fastball

His fastball is an explosive one just in terms of life and hop through the zone. But, the raw velocity is certainly no slouch. Weickel works steadily at 92-94 mph and produces the velocity without much effort. His downhill plane is fantastic and is unmatched at the moment in the high school class. He locates his fastball well and has no problem getting it to the corner on his glove side. There's a tick or two of velocity on the way as well.

Curveball

Weickel is a traditional tall, power righty in just about every way and that means he's also the owner of a classic 12-6 curveball. This is a plus pitch for Weickel and he throws it at 73-76 mph with sharp, late, downward bite. He throws his curveball for strikes pretty consistently but has the pitching aptitude to know when he needs to bury it as well. This is a true swing and miss breaking ball at the next level and he already has a superb feel for it.

Changeup

This tall righty is the total package, and having the changeup is a big part of that. Weickel gets big differential at 80-81 mph and he proved he was confident in throwing it for strikes even when he was behind in counts to lefty hitters. It's this feel and conviction with his secondary pitches that sets Weickel apart. This is a potential plus pitch down the road.

Summation

If you're looking for a high school pitcher that does it all, Weickel is as close as it gets. He has the size, projection, secondary pitches, and explosive fastball that aces are made of. His changeup has a little room for improvement, but other than that there just aren't many weaknesses showing at this stage. His fastball command is going to be plus and he has the type of body type, which is similar to Roy Halladay's, that could be very durable. You won't find many combinations of stuff and feel for pitching like Weickel.

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