June 29, 1994
6th round, 2015
College: Ohio State
School: Franklin HS (OH)
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Scouting Scratch: Travis Lakins (6.6.17)
Description: Undersized for a pitcher, but a plus athlete. On the
skinny side at present with room to add strength. Has struggled to stay
healthy during his pro career and small frame could be a contributing
factor to that, leading to move to bullpen.
Mechanics: Throws from a high
three quarters arm slot. Starts on the third base side of the rubber.
Repeatable delivery. Glove sets tucked on left side of chest and meets
right hand just above the belt as he pivots into delivery. Short arm
action in back, hides the ball well. Quick arm. Stays on line to the
plate. Medium leg kick.
Fastball: Sits 92-94 mph
when loose. Topped out at 96 mph as a starter, but reportedly has hit 98
mph in the bullpen and is now sitting in the mid-90s. Occasional arm-side run when down in the
zone. Doesn't have great life. Needs to improve command and control down
in the zone. Could add a tick or two to velocity with physical maturity.
Potential plus offering, but plays below that due to lack of life and
88-91 mph with varying shape. Looks like a true cutter at higher
velocities with short, horizontal break. At lower velocities, shows longer
break and more tilt. Potential plus, swing-and-miss offering. Used to
throw a true slider, but started to look more like a cutter in 2017.
Curveball: 78-80 mph with
tight rotation and two-plane break. Seems to throw two variations, one at
75-76 mph designed to steal a strike and another at 78-80
mph. Power breaking ball has shown more potential of the two. Tight
rotation and hard, 12-to-6 break. Future potential average offering
with bat-missing ability when sequenced correctly.
Changeup: 85-89 mph with late dive away from left-handed
hitters. Locates well down in the zone and shows some feel. Has used
sparingly as cutter has developed.
Both 2016 and 2017 seasons ended early due to stress fractures in his
pitching elbow. Upon return in late April 2018, eased back in with
three-inning starts, but organization decided to move Lakins into a
full-time relief role, where stuff has reportedly played up.
Lean, undersized frame profiles best as a reliever. Injury history led to
transition into that role in 2018. Potential for two plus pitches in his
fastball and cutter, with two additional pitches in his curveball and
changeup to keep hitters off-balance. Has room for added strength and
could add a little more velocity, although fastball has already played up
in shorter stints. Prior to injuries, had a chance to start with a
four-pitch mix, but bullpen role will give him greater chance to stay on
the field. Overall consistency of arsenal, fastball command, and control
will be keys going forward.