AFL Scouting Report: Robert Carson

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and clubs don't stop scouting players once they enter the pros. As part of our Arizona Fall League coverage here at, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on prospects from around the league. Here's a look at Mets' prospect, Robert Carson.

Name: Robert Carson
Position: Pitcher
Team: New York Mets
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 220
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: Arizona Fall League

Scouting Report

Robert Carson has all the physical ability a scout would look for in a big league starting pitcher. But, even as he enters the upper levels of the minors he's still very crude. Carson has an extra large, strong frame and it shows up in his raw velocity. He works steadily at 92-95 mph, topping out at 96 mph routinely. The velocity comes very easily and the ball jumps at hitters. It's a swing and miss offering if he can establish his secondary pitches.

Carson also shows off a sharp cut fastball at 88-90 mph. This is a plus pitch when he's spotting it. His changeup and slider are far more crude. His slider sits 82-85 mph and flashes sharp action, but his command leaves a lot to be desired. And, his changeup is in the rudimentary stages of development. The differential is there, working at 80-83 mph but the feel just isn't there yet. It's all about command for Carson. If he can repeat his arm action and spot his pitches, he's an above average big league starter.

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