February 11, 1994
3rd round, 2014
College: Seminole State (FL)
School: Clear Creek (TX)
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Physical Description: Athletic, projectable frame. Has
some room to fill out, but will always be on the thin side. Low-mileage
Mechanics: Max-effort, arm-heavy delivery.
Doesnít utilize his lower half. Live, quick arm. Throws from a
three-quarters arm slot. Brings his arm back and then whips it forward
violently. Finishes upright with hard leg recoil and head whack, and does
not get much extension. Unique mechanics are off-putting for hitters.
Fastball: 94-96 mph. Tops out in the high-90s when
on. Loose arm and elite arm strength help him generate easy velocity even
though he doesnít use his lower half to great effect. Pitch shows
plus-plus velocity, but plays well below that due to lack of movement and
well below-average command and control.
78-81 mph. Average potential. Loose and rolls to the plate at lower
velocities. Shows sharper break and depth through the zone when he snaps
it off at higher velocities, but doesnít consistently work in that
velocity band. Pitch has progressed since he joined the organization,
starting out in the low-70s and working in the mid-to-low 80s during the
2016 season. Pitch is at its best in the high-70s. Lacks consistency and
feel for the pitch. Will show well-below average some outings and average
Splitter: 84-86 mph. Work in
progress, but has flashed at least average potential. Pitch shows late
drop at its best and is thrown with deceptive arm speed. Hasnít shown in
outings scouted in 2018.
Changeup: Scrapped the
pitch for a splitter during the 2016 season. Was 82-83 mph with
below-average potential. Thrown with similar arm speed to fastball. Showed
drop and fade in on right-handed hitters. The pitch looked much improved
in 2014 Fall Instructional League, but he struggled with the offering
during the 2015 season.
Career Notes: Moved to
the bullpen full-time in 2016. Redshirted his freshman season at Duke as
an outfielder, then transferred to Seminole State to become a pitcher.
Brother Jarred is a major league pitcher who has pitched for the Astros,
Marlins, and Padres. Participated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 Fall
Summation: Projects as an
organizational arm. If he can regain consistency and stuff he showed
during the 2016 season could develop into a major league bullpen arm.
Unique mechanics provide deception, but also put a tremendous amount of
stress on his arm and as a result, greatly increases his injury risk and
impact his command and control.