2012 Draft Scouting Report: Kayden Porter

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, Kayden Porter.

Name: Kayden Porter
Position: Pitcher
School: Spanish Fork H.S. (Utah)
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 240
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase

Kayden Porter, RHP, Spanish Fork H.S. (Utah) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.

Physical Description

Porter has some work to do physically. He's a burly young man and looks much older than high school age. He could stand to lean out a little bit and improve his athleticism. Right now, he's thick and not as athletic as he could be on the mound. He does have great natural size, however, which could bode well for his durability.


Porter keeps it relatively simple mechanically. He comes straight over the top with a long, loose arm action. He's very easy to pick up, however, as hitters get a very long look at the ball. I'd like to see a more aggressive finish from him.


Porter works steadily at 90-92 mph, topping out around 93 currently. He's shown better velocity in the past, but given his physical maturity this is probably about where he'll settle velocity wise. He generates it with great ease, however, so perhaps in a pen role he could simply get more aggressive with his delivery.


Showing two variations of his breaking ball, Porter struggles to create significant bite on either of them. He throws a slow version around 70-74 mph, and this is a sloppy, below average pitch at this point. He also throws what he calls a slider at 78-82 mph, which is more of a slurve. This pitch flashes average or better and shows some occasional tilt.


The changeup shows some potential at 81-85 mph. Porter doesn't feature it much yet but he shows some decent arm speed and location. We'll need to see more of this offering.


Right now, Porter is a young man with one of the most mature bodies in the class and a low 90s fastball. Beyond that, he has a lot of work to do. He does have some skills as a position player, but his long term home is probably on the mound. But, we'll need to see his secondary pitches make some progress.

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