June 27, 1994
New Castle, IN
1st round, 2013
School: New Castle HS (IN)
Photo © William Parmeter
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2013 Top 40 Season in Review
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2014 Top 40 Season in Review
Description: Tall, lanky left-hander with great athleticism. Very
projectable. Thin frame with lots of room to fill out. Needs to add
Mechanics: Efficient, low-effort
delivery. Loose arm with little wasted motion. Throws from a
three-quarters arm slot with a high leg kick. Mechanics got out of sorts
during the first half of the 2014 season. Opened early with his arm
dragging behind and struggled to find his release point. Arm speed
improved as the 2014 season progressed.
89-92 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Velocity fades later into outings. Plus
potential. Below-average command at present. Struggles to miss bats. Lacks
life. Pitch crispness improved as the 2014 season went on. Potential to
settle into the low-90s as he matures.
80-84 mph. Advanced feel. Really improved during the second half of the
2014 season. Plus potential. Throws from the same arm speed and slot as
his fastball. Late fade when kept down in the zone.
Curveball: 70-74 mph. Didnít start throwing until his junior year
of high school. Average potential. Typical slow, left-handed pitcherís
curveball. Work in progress right now. Inconsistent within outings. At its
best, has tight rotation with good shape, but was often on the loose side
and rolled to the plate. Doesnít consistently finish the pitch.
Career Notes: Committed to the University of Texas before
signing. Two-way player in high school in Indiana and was also a
first-round talent in the outfield. Really struggled in first 11 starts of
2014 (1-7, 7.27 ERA, 71 hits, 17 walks, and 29 strikeouts in 43 1/3
innings), but significantly improved over his final 11 (4-3, 2.70 ERA, 40
hits, 22 walks, and 39 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings).
Summation: Middle of the rotation potential, but extremely raw
and has a long way to go to reach that potential. Low mileage arm with
limited development focused solely on pitching. Needs to work on mound
presence and poise. Potential to have two plus offerings with a
fringe-average to average third pitch. Progress could be slow, but showed
improvement and the ability to make adjustments during the second half of
the 2014 season.