At the Park: Scouting Calvin Drummond

Selected by the Tigers in the sixth round of June's MLB First-Year Player Draft, Calvin Drummond has already made a favorable impression out of West Michigan's bullpen. In his latest installment to the At the Park series, our Senior Correspondent James Chipman shares his observations on Drummond from his recent trip to Grand Rapids.

Performance

Level

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

SO

BB

IP

BAA

A

West Michigan

2-2

2.55

22

1

1

43

15

35.1

.165


Report

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, right-hander Calvin Drummond features the ideal pitchers body. He's got a solid frame, strong core, broad shoulders and long limbs.

From the stretch, Drummond delivers the ball from an overhand minus slot. He's a power arm, there's effort in his delivery, but nothing too concerning. Drummond hides the ball very well; deception is a huge part of his game.

Traditionally a reliever, Drummond featured his entire four-pitch arsenal over the rare four inning spot start Sunday afternoon. His fastball lacked movement and sat 90-to-93, maxing out and hitting 94 mph frequently on a nearby scout's gun. Drummond's spike curve sat in the high-70s featuring decent depth, and it was an intriguing offering that I'd like to see more of. He also featured a mid-80s change and a high-80s slider.

Command came and went throughout the 58-pitch outing. Drummond struggled a bit with mechanics, noticeably having issues with release point consistency. At one point, channeling his inner-Rick Vaughn, Drummond sailed consecutive pitches several feet above the head of Whitecaps' catcher Bennett Pickar, falling behind in the count 3-0. Drummond battled back though pumping three consecutive 93 mph fastballs inducing the strikeout.

To his credit, Drummond sequenced his pitches and moved the ball around the zone well. Aside from a few batters, he got ahead in the count and was regularly the aggressor in the battle.

At the end of the day Drummond quietly hurled four hitless innings, surrendering just one earned run off two walks and an impressive eight strikeouts.

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Overall I'm curious to see how Drummond's stuff plays at higher levels. Despite striking out eight batters Sunday and well over a batter per-inning this season, nothing Drummond threw appeared to be a legit put-away offering. Not much movement and very little command. In a nutshell, I left the stadium with the impression that much of what I'd just observed was a soon-to-be 24 year old beating up on inexperienced youths. Regardless, a couple tweaks to his troublesome mechanics and Drummond could be an interesting prospect. Drummond throws hard, has a good idea how to get guys out, puts up solid peripherals and is worth keeping an eye on to an extent.

James Chipman is the Lakeland Correspondent for TigsTown. Be sure to follow him on twitter @JAYRC_TigsTown.


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