Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 1/28/1998
Acquired: 2016 MLB Draft, 1st Round (9th Overall)
Body: Excellent height; very long and extremely lean; room to add considerable muscle without impacting athleticism or looseness; premium athlete; extremely projectable.
Delivery/Mechanics: Still evolving; improved consistency during senior season; relatively simple windup; pitches from ¾ arm slot; arm stroke can get a little long at times; plus arm speed; good extension out front; loose and easy throughout delivery; has potential to continue refining mechanical profile which will lead to stronger command profile.
Fastball: Premium pitch; easily works 93-95 during every outing; rarely dips below that range; can run it up to 96-97 at times; additional velocity may be in the tank as he gets stronger and fills out his lanky frame; potential to sit 95-97 mph down the line and could reach 98-99 mph when he needs more; easy life on offering; explodes on hitters; will show some ASR at times; difficult to barrel. Grade – Present 6/Future 7
Curveball: Gaining consistency; power offering; thrown with purpose; tight spin and good bite; hard downward break at its best; can miss bats and could be second plus pitch at peak; continued improvement of delivery and consistent release point could lead to greater ability to throw pitch in all counts with confidence. Grade – 5/6+
Changeup: Hasn’t needed third pitch much against prep completion; pitch is work in progress; shows occasional feel with good arm speed; can wear FB disguise at times; well below-average offering at present; potential to be average pitch with focus and effort, but could be useable in below-average range if development of pitch stalls. Grade – 3/4+
Control/Command: Showing improved command throughout spring; has ability to move ball east/west; must learn to work ladder against more polished hitters; improved mechanical consistency has allowed him to locate better during senior season; command of CB has also improved in recent months; exceptional athlete that gives him a chance to continue refining delivery and really take command to the next level.
Other: Good confidence on the mound; attacks hitters and likes to show off his best stuff; must develop ability to field position and work pickoffs.
Summary: Premium prospect; electric fastball with potential swing-and-miss curveball; high-end athlete; excellent frame with room for more strength; already owns plus FB and average CB, but has chance to develop pitches quite a bit more, possibly maxing out with 7/6/5 arsenal; will take some time to develop both physically and in game action.
Risk: High risk; Typical high school pitcher risk; needs to develop physically to handle rigors of pitching every fifth day.
Projection: Potential frontline starting pitcher with command and changeup development; FB and CB can carry the load; could still start with just two premium pitches and solid command; can project to #2 starter level with chance for even higher projection depending on developmental progress.