2012 Draft Scouting Report: Robert Whalen

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 an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look prep pitcher, Robert Whalen.

Name: Robert Whalen
Position: Pitcher
School: Haines City H.S. (Fla.)
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: PG National Showcase


Physical Description

Whalen is a strongly built right-hander with some good athleticism. He's pretty physically mature but may add a little upper body strength in the next few years.

Mechanics

There are some inconsistencies in Whalen's delivery that he's going to have to work out. He tends to drift at times and loses his arm slot. He works out of a full wind up and there are some moving parts, so simplifying a little bit might help him.

Fastball

Whalen's fastball has steadily improved over the course of the past year. He now works steadily at 90-93 mph, and can reach back for 94 every now and then. He'll likely settle in around 91-94 mph for the long term. He produces some excellent life on his fastball, but his command is going to need some improvement. Also, Whalen will mix in what appears to be a cutter at 85-88 mph at times.

Curveball

The curveball is very erratic for Whalen right now, but he flashes average potential. Thrown at 75-78 mph, the location is not there quite yet and neither is his feel for the pitch. When he does have it going, it shows the makings of a quality offering.

Changeup

Whalen's changeup command is ahead of his curveball command at this stage. He throws it at 75-79 mph currently, but he could stand to up his arm speed on this offering. He locates it well though and it should be a good pitch for him down the road.

Summation

Robert Whalen has a strong frame and very firm fastball at this point. Beyond that, there's some rough edges for a professional coach to work on. But, there's some framework in place for three quality pitches.

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