August 24, 1994
2nd round, 2012
School: Dillon (SC)
Photo © William Parmeter
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Traded to the NY Mets with Stephen Nogosek and Gerson Bautista
for Addison Reed (July 2017)
Physical Description: Solid pitcher’s frame. Looks listed
height and weight. Strong lower half. Minimal physical projection
Mechanics: Throws almost directly over
the top. Stiff, rigid mechanics with jerk in his delivery. Quick arm.
Controlled and easy early in delivery, then dips and comes towards the
plate. Drives hard off his posting leg. Delivery is off-putting for
hitters. Gets good extension to the plate.
92-95 mph. We have seen him touch 96 mph, but has reportedly touched 98.
Plus-to-better potential with late life due to extension. Pitch jumps on
hitters. Velocity has increased since he entered the organization, but is
inconsistent from outing to outing and has shown a tendency to decrease as
the season has gone along. Pitch is on the straight side, but shows some
downward action when he finishes his delivery. Command and control have
improved greatly since he entered the organization. Average command
Splitter: 83-87 mph. Potential
above-average pitch. Pitch looks like a fastball, then as has late dive
down and away from left-handed hitters. Misses barrels, potential to be an
out pitch at the big league level.
mph. Short, horizontal movement. Pitch has bite and has shown bat-missing
ability. Tough to square up. Potential average-to-better offering.
Curveball: Shelved the pitch upon his move to the
bullpen. Was 76-80 mph with solid-average potential and long, 12-to-6
break. When snapped off, showed tight rotation and good depth. Showed some
feel for the pitch.
Changeup: Pitch morphed into
a splitter as he progressed through the system. Was 82-84 mph with
fringe-average potential. Slowed arm. Was on the firm side.
Career Notes: Had committed to South Carolina prior to
signing. Was very young for his draft class. Participated in 2013, 2014,
and 2015 Fall Instructional League.
Potential seventh-inning reliever profile. Has made significant progress
since his move to the bullpen in 2015. Potential for plus-to-better
fastball and above-average splitter with a cutter that can keep hitters
honest. Upside depends on consistency with fastball command and continued
development of secondary pitches.