2012 Draft Scouting Report: Hunter Virant

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 lefty, Hunter Virant.

Name: Hunter Virant
Position: Pitcher
School: Camarillo H.S. (Calif.)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 172
Bats/Throws: R/L

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


Hunter Virant, LHP, Camarillo H.S. (Calif) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

Virant is a wiry, highly athletic lefty with a lot of room to grow into his frame. He's around 170 pounds right now and could easily add 20 pounds of bulk in the next few years. When that happens there could be a spike in velocity. He also has extra long limbs, and particularly long legs that he could strengthen.

Mechanics

There are some things in Virant's delivery most scouts would like to see him change. While there's not much to raise concerns about future injury, there's some aspects that will be difficult for him to repeat. He steps across his body and delivers from a three-quarter angle, which gives him some occasional command issues. His long arm action also could give some deception problems as a pro. Most clubs will likely try to get him pitching in more of a straight line, and try to tighten up what is currently somewhat of a loose but inconsistent delivery.

Fastball

The future velocity Virant may produce is the most intriguing aspect of his game. His extra projectable frame make a significant velocity spike very possible. Let's not discount his current velocity by any means either. He currently works at 90-92 mph, cranking it up to 93 at times. Despite his somewhat complex delivery, he commands his fastball well and this will improve with some mechanical adjustments as well. He also gets some good arm side run at times.

Curveball

Virant has two variations of his curveball and both of them need some further development. His harder breaking ball comes in at 77-79 mph and it is of the slurvier variety. He throws this pitch with conviction and locates it well, but it lacks consistent snap. The tall lefty also mixes in a slower, sweeping breaking ball at 71-73 mph. This pitch gives lefties some difficulties, especially given his low arm angle, but it too could use some significant tightening. However, he did flash some potential plus breaking balls at the PG National. He just needs to find a consistent arm slot and stay on top a bit more consistently.

Changeup

While his changeup shows big potential, it's still highly inconsistent. He doesn't have the confidence in it he has in his other pitches, but he does keep his arm speed up nicely and shows the proper velocity differential. Coming in at 80-83 mph, Virant did get some hitters out in front, but the command of it on a consistent basis just isn't quite there at the moment.

Summation

Virant also has plus velocity for a big league left-handed starter. And, the team that drafts him next June is banking on him filling out his highly projectable frame, tightening up his mechanics, and developing his secondary pitches. There are more complete pitchers in the high school class, but few that have this combination of easy velocity and projection from the left side.

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