2012 Draft Scouting Report: Matt Koch

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 college pitcher, Matt Koch.

Name: Matt Koch
Position: Pitcher
School: Louisville
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 204
Bats/Throws: L/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League


Physical Description

A strongly built athlete, Koch's current frame is about where he should be as a big leaguer. He has a strong lower half in particular and he gets a great deal of drive from that area.

Mechanics

Effort is a big part of Koch's delivery. And, because of that effort, he's going to remain a reliever as a professional. His high octane delivery also gives him some deception, but he's absolutely letting it all go for those one inning stints.

Fastball

This spring Koch has been up to 97 with his fastball. Over the summer he lived mostly at 92-94 and consistently topped out around 95-96. His fastball shows exploding life through the zone and even plays up a tick or two. It shows flashes of being a plus-plus offering and he's very aggressive in the zone with it.

Slider

Koch's breaking ball is not quite a true slider, but it shows outstanding plus action. It's a little bigger than a typical slider but shows sharp action at 80-82 mph. It probably fits more under the slurve category but it's a swing and miss offering with big depth.

Changeup

Although Koch shows a changeup, it's not an essential part of his arsenal currently. He throws it at 84-87 mph, and he doesn't sell it all that well but he shows it just enough to give hitters another look.

Summation

If there's a knock on Koch right now it's that his command in the zone is somewhat lacking. He attacks the zone very well, but there's a few too many mistakes over the heart of the plate. He has two potential knockout offerings, however, and someone will draft him in the top two rounds with designs on moving him up the ladder quickly in a closer or setup role.

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