2012 Draft Scouting Report: Taylore Cherry

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 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, Taylore Cherry.

Name: Taylore Cherry
Position: Pitcher
School: Vandalia Butler (Ohio)
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 260
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


Taylore Cherry, RHP, Vandalia Butler H.S. (Ohio) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

The listed height and weight speak for themselves with Cherry. He is absolutely monstrous and may even continue to grow given that he's still in high school. Cherry is far from thin, however. He's thick and even somewhat soft in the midsection. That's something he'll need to work on as a pro. Once he gains some strength in his core, there's no telling how much better he could get.

Mechanics

The super tall pitchers of the world are typically associated with poor mechanics and overall inconsistency. That's not really the case with Taylore Cherry. He shows he can repeat his delivery and keep all his long limbs working in sync. But, he's not without his problems. Cherry tends to get a little heavy on his front side and lets his arm drag behind. Given his height, it would be nice to see him get on top and raise his arm angle to produce a better downward plane.

Fastball

Cherry currently sits at 91-94 mph and there's more to come in terms of velocity. Once he gets a little stronger physically and loses some of his softness, his velocity could spike in a major way. Even now, however, his fastball is plus as most of them checked in around 92-93 mph at the PG National. Soon we are going to see more in the 95-96 range. He looks like he's pitching at 80% and trying to keep his mechanics in check. Once he gets comfortable and let's it fly there's no telling how much harder he could throw. The good news right now though is that his command of his fastball is a big strength.

Curveball

Cherry throws a short curveball at about 78-81 mph. Currently this is a fringe offering, but his feel and command of it is pretty impressive. To improve this breaking ball with 11-5 action we'll have to see Cherry pitch from a better angle. He gets around and under this pitch too much right now.

Changeup

The changeup is Cherry's best secondary offering. It's not your typical straight changeup and has more of a split action when he's at his best. He throws it at 82-85 mph with downward, biting action. The command is pretty good at this point and it's a pitch that works as well on righties as it does on lefties. This is a potential plus pitch down the road as he gets comfortable throwing it more.

Summation

Considering his XXL frame, there's no way to know just how high the ceiling is for Cherry. He already has two quality offerings, and if his arm angle can be adjusted his breaking ball has a chance to come along as well. He's not a train wreck mechanically like many pitchers his size are, so the work toward getting him to be a big league starter is not as as significant as it has been with other extra tall pitchers in the past. Cherry has top notch stuff and has the type of ability to go in the first round next June.

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