Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 7/14/1994
Acquired: 2015 MLB Draft, 2nd Round
|2014 Stats - Pitching|
Body: Good height; skinny frame with some room for additional strength; body hasn’t changed much since he entered college so physical projection may be limited; lanky with good wingspan and high waist; quality strength in legs.
Delivery/Mechanics: Simple windup; gets from initial movement to balance point quickly; has some wiggle to glove as he gets ready to start windup; wiggle is consistent from pitch-to-pitch and doesn’t tip; long arm stroke after break; comes through with above-average arm speed in a low-3/4 slot; good extension and finish to delivery; will fall to third base side at times.
Fastball: Below-average to fringe velocity; sits comfortably 88-90; velocity ticked up late in sophomore season, sitting 89-91 and reaching 92 mph on occasion; velocity projection is minimal; pitch has good life with some ability to manipulate; can cut and sink it to give hitters a different look; fringe-average pitch overall. Grade – Present 4+/Future 4+
Slider: Good rotation; wears FB disguise coming from same slot; even with tight rotation, break is more slurvy than sharp; 2-7 shape with consistency; shows ability to start it out of strike zone and finish over the plate, as well as ability to bury in the dirt as a chase pitch; average offering that could tighten slightly with additional reps. Grade – 5/5+
Changeup: Pitch is progressing; limited velocity separation as pitch sits mostly in 82-84 mph range; good sink and will turn it over at times for some arm-side fade; needs consistency overall; lacks trust in grip at times and back off too much trying to make pitch slow down; potential average offering that will play off FB well long term. Grade – 4+/5
Control/Command:Impeccable control in windup and stretch; throws strikes as a matter of routine and pounds with all three pitches; advanced command of arsenal; moves FB to all parts of strike zone and shows aptitude for moving pitch off the plate to induce hitters to chase; SL and CH are both commanded at least average and will continue to improve; plus command profile that carries arsenal to high level.
Other: Intelligent pitcher with good presence on the mound; shows feel for mixing pitches and keeping hitters off balance; quality pickoff move; fields position well; regarded as high character individual.
Summary: Raw arsenal doesn’t jump off the page; potential for three pitches with fringe-average to average grades; entire package plays up because of outstanding command; can dominate hitters with location of three pitches, deception in delivery, and high pitching IQ; unlikely to see substantial improvement in overall game from this point forward.
Risk: Moderate risk; Needs exposure to professional hitters; limited ceiling and high floor.
Projection: Potential to move quickly through the minor league system on the back of his control/command and array of pitches; could easily see time at High-A and Double-A in 2016 and may be available for big league duty as early as second half of 2017 season; maturation of command profile, FB and CH could result in 4th or 5th starter.
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