August 23, 1998
Barnegat Township, NJ
1st round, 2016
School: Barnegat (NJ)
Scouting Scratch (9.8.16)
Scouting Scratch (9.29.16)
Notes from the Field (3.29.17)
Scouting Scratch - Jay Groome (7.5.2017)
Strong pitcherís frame. Looks the part, doesnít have the size of a typical
teenager. Durable frame and looks like someone who could one day throw 200
innings a year. Wide, mature body that looks all of his listed height and
weight. Could be heavier than listed. Body will need maintenance and bears
watching as he matures. How his body develops will depend in how much work
he puts in off the field both in-season and during the offseason. Height
is imposing on the mound.
repeatable delivery. Loose arm. Throws from a three-quarters arm slot.
Starts on the third base side of the rubber from the wind-up. Free and
easy arm action. Starts with his feet close together and slightly pointed
towards the on-deck circle on the first-base side. Utilizes a high leg
lift and gets extension over his front side. Hides the ball briefly when
he brings it behind his back and then again behind his head as he comes
forward. At times has trouble getting his arm in sync with the rest of his
delivery. When arm is out ahead will miss up to the glove side and when
arm drags behind tends to miss arm side.
90-93 mph. Has reportedly topped out at 97 mph, but SoxProspects staff has
only seen 94 mph in game action. Generates easy velocity. Pitch gets on
hitters quick and has life. Needs to show the ability to hold velocity
deeper into games. Has the potential to add velocity as he matures and
ramp up and down within outings if the situation calls for it. Pitch has
shown swing-and-miss potential already, with arm-side run at times and cut
on other occasions. Potential to develop into a plus-to-better offering.
Curveball: 75-79 mph. 1-to-7 shape and at its best
shows depth and late finish. Has advanced feel for the offering and does a
good job snapping the pitch off. Can throw it for strikes or bury down and
out of the zone when looking for a swing and miss. Has the potential to be
a big league-quality out pitch. Already shows plus and has the potential
to become a plus-plus offering with improved consistency. ESPNís Keith Law
called the pitch the best curve in the 2016 draft.
Changeup: 81-83 mph. Clear third offering at present. Didnít
throw much in high school and didnít throw much in outings scouted in
2016. Doesnít throw with consistent arm speed. At its best, shows late
downward action. Above-average potential, but will take some time to
Career Notes: Was considered by some to
be the top talent in the 2016 draft class. Reportedly fell due to
signability and makeup concerns. Committed to Vanderbilt initially.
Conflicting reports came out about whether he decommitted the week of the
draft to commit to Chipola (Fla.) Junior College (potentially allowing him
to re-enter draft in 2017) or whether Vanderbilt pulled his offer, with
SoxProspects sources unanimously confirming the latter story. Transferred
to IMG Academy in Florida for his junior season but returned to Barnegat
High in New Jersey as a senior and was later retroactively suspended for
an improper transfer, causing his team to forfeit two games. Signed for
just under $500,000 over slot. Participated in 2016 Fall Instructional
Summation: Has the potential to develop
into one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. Projects as a solid
number two or high-end number three starter. Has the ceiling of a top of
the rotation starter. Has the build of a workhorse starting pitcher and
clean, repeatable mechanics to be able to sustain 200 plus innings a year.
Early makings of a three-pitch mix with fastball and curveball both
projecting to be at least plus offerings. Could stand to add a cutter to
give hitters another look when he reaches the high minors.