March 31, 1993
4th round, 2012
School: Providence (NC)
Photo © William Parmeter
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Large pitcher’s frame with minimal remaining projection. Listed height and
weight look accurate.
Mechanics: Throws from a
high three-quarters arm slot. Stiff, vertical delivery. Long arm action
behind with a stab then short coming forward. High leg kick. Upper
body/arm-heavy delivery. Struggles with repeating delivery and keeping
line to the plate. Only average arm speed. Lefties get a really good look
at the ball.
Fastball: 92-94 mph, topping out at
97 mph. Needs to pitch with downward plane more consistently. Fastball
lacks life and doesn’t miss enough bats. Well below-average command and
control. Plus velocity, but pitch plays closer to average.
Changeup: 83-85 mph. Drops with split-like movement at times.
Mostly firm with minimal movement. Some feel. Potential average offering.
Slider: 82-84 mph. Sweepy, horizontal break. Lacks
bite. First showed in 2016. Below-average potential.
Curveball: 79-81 mph. Short, vertical 12-to-6 break. Lacks depth
and tends to roll to the plate. Below-average potential. In the past has
thrown a version at 75-77 mph with long 12-to-6 break. Inconsistent, but
will flash average-to-slightly above-average potential. Used to instead
throw a knuckle-curve between 74-78 mph that flashed plus potential, but
switched to a traditional curveball during the 2015 season with Salem.
Career Notes: Missed significant time in 2014 with a
broken hand suffered when he punched the ground in frustration after
failing to make a play, hitting a sprinkler. Moved to the bullpen during
the 2016 season. Participated in 2013, 2014, and 2016 Fall Instructional
Summation: Projects as a fringe
Triple-A arm. Has the size you want to see in a pitcher, but stuff doesn’t
miss enough bats, and needs to improve secondaries and command and
control. When on will show intriguing stuff, but to inconsistent and
rarely has everything working at once. Has struggled in the past with
controlling emotions while on the mound, showing visible frustration and
letting innings snowball.