Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 12/28/1991 (Opening Day Age: 25)
Acquired: Traded (March 2016) from Rangers with Bobby Wilson (C) for Bryan Holaday (C)
Body: Thin frame w/ long legs and shorter torso; average shoulder width; solid strength throughout; physical development complete.
Delivery/Mechanics: Simple, easy delivery; works from ¾ slot; above-average arm speed and thorough finish; remains balanced throughout; repeats well.
Fastball: Solid-average offering; sits 88-92 and touches as high as 94 on rare occasions; rarely reaches back for more or overthrows pitch; will add and subtract velo in his 88-92 band, keeping hitters off the pitch; manipulates movement well, including ability to run and sink the ball; movement allows velocity to play slightly better than gun readings; may have a half tick more, possibly sitting 90-93 if moved to relief role; pitch is fully developed. Grade – Present 5/Future 5
Slider: Best secondary pitch; offers tight spin and moderate velocity; thrown low- to mid-80s, topping out at 85-86 mph; break is short and typically more vertical than horizontal; wears FB disguise well during approach to the plate; lacks enough action to miss bats consistently but can be a reliable second pitch; no projection remaining at this time. Grade – 5/5
Changeup: Definite third pitch; moderate utility at present; velocity varies from low- to mid-80s; can lack significant separation from FB velocity; maintains arm slot and speed well with pitch; movement varies between sink and fade, but lacks ability to manipulate movement at will; below-average offering with some potential to be fringe third pitch. Grade – 4/4+
Control/Command: Throws a ton of strikes; rarely walks batters and when he does it is typically because he has nibbled his way through an at-bat, rather than losing the strike zone all together; command continues to improve with maturity, showing more precise location during 2016 season than at any point in his career; command trend has continued in 2017; command development has allowed average arsenal to play well in game situations and could be the sole reason he reaches the big leagues.
Other: Solid competitor that battles through starts; shows intelligence on the mound and understands the art of sequencing; needs to attack with FB more throughout game to remain ahead of hitters and challenge them on the inner third; fields position well.
Summary: Command and control right-hander with no projection remaining; average fastball plays up with movement and command; slider and changeup can both be effective, but neither is a swing-and-miss pitch; will pitch to contact in big leagues and may not miss enough bats to keep himself out of consistent trouble; development is approaching completion; very mature player that is ready for his next challenge.
Risk: Low risk; Low ceiling, modest floor player that has reached developmental peak.
Projection: Back in Double-A to start the 2016 season more out of necessity due to a Triple-A roster crunch than anything else; will continue to find success in Double-A and needs extended run at Triple-A to prove command/control approach will work against more polished hitters; likely big league ready in 2017; maxes out as fifth starter or long reliever/swingman; likely up-and-down career at best with minimal impact potential.