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. Starts on the first base side of the rubber.
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. Works very quickly.
Fastball: 93-96 mph. Have seen him top out at 98 mph,
but has reportedly touched 100 mph. Needs to pitch with downward plane
more consistently. Plus-plus velocity. Fastball is straight and hittable
when elevated. Below-average command and control. Potential plus-to-better
offering if he can keep the ball down in the zone consistently.
Changeup: 84-86 mph. Drops with split-like movement at
times. Looks like a fastball until late. Throws with good arm speed. Has
feel for pitch; can throw for strikes or bury down and out of the zone.
Potential above-average offering.
mph. Vertical break. Lacks tilt. Will show depth when he snaps it off.
Potential average offering.
scrapped pitch. Was 79-81 mph with short, 12-to-6 break. Lacked depth and
tended to roll to the plate. Below-average potential. Had previously
thrown a version at 75-77 mph with longer 12-to-6 break. Inconsistent, but
would 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 2015 season.
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 League.
Summation: Potential middle relief arm. Has started to
miss bats at a much higher level in 2017, but is still walking too many
hitters. When on, will show intriguing stuff, but inconsistent command
holds him back. At his best, will show raw stuff that profiles in
late-inning role, but lacks consistency and command profile to project in
that role long-term. Has had issues maintaining composure on the mound at
times in the past, letting innings get away from him.