2013 Draft Scouting Report: Colby Suggs

When it comes to scouting for the draft, much of the hard work is done in the summer. That's why we're on the scene this summer, scouting the top amateur leagues, and showcases. As part of our 2013 draft coverage, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know. Here's a report from the Cape Cod League, as we evaluate right-hander Colby Suggs.

Name: Colby Suggs
Position: Pitcher
School: Arkansas
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 225
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League


Physical Description

Colby Suggs is built like a Mack Truck. What he lacks in height, he makes up for in mass and strength, particularly in his lower half. This is what Suggs is going to look like long term, and he'll simply have to keep tabs on his thick frame for the long haul.

Mechanics

While I wouldn't call him a "max effort" pitcher, Suggs is letting it fly in his delivery. He drops and gets tremendous drive from his powerful lower half, but gets back on top very consistently and still creates a nice downhill plane. He gets every ounce of power out of his frame.

Fastball

There's a lot of adjectives you could use to describe Suggs' fastball, but explosive seems to be the most fitting. Coming from a straight over the top arm slot, his fastball seems to explode toward the plate, and the velocity readings back that up. In some outings this summer, Suggs worked at 94-96 mph, but down the stretch in the playoffs, he seemed to have his best velocity, sitting at 95-97 mph and reaching 98 at times. In other words, adrenaline seems to work in his favor.

Curveball

Suggs features a power, plus curveball that resembles more of a slider at times. He throws it anywhere from 82-87 mph, and it's a true swing and miss offering. He's been superb at keeping it down in the zone and burying it down and in to left-handed hitters.

Changeup

This isn't a featured offering yet for Suggs, aside from warmups. His feel appears to be decent, but it's just not a pitch he needs at this stage in his career.

Summation

Everything about Colby Suggs' just screams big league closer. Yes, he has two plus pitches, including that powerful fastball. But, it's the put the team on his back mentality that he showed in the Cape League playoffs that showcase that closer mindset. He still shows a 97 mph fastball in a second or third inning of work and he's still effective working three days in a row. Suggs may very well be the first reliever taken in 2013.

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