February 5, 1998
5th round, 2017
School: Colleyville Heritage (TX)
Notes from the Field (4.9.18)
Scouting Scratch (10.4.18)
Physical Description: Solidly built frame. Strong upper body. Minimal remaining physical
projection. Is not a standout athlete.
Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. Delivery is on the rough side
and is something the Red Sox might tweak as he develops. Starts on the
first base side and uses a medium leg kick. Has a slight trunk twist in
his delivery before he comes forward. Delivery is very stiff and arm-heavy. Very strong, live arm, which he uses to make up for not effectively
incorporating his lower half into his delivery. Struggles to find a
consistent arm slot and release point at times. Will come more over the
top at times when throwing his breaking ball. Reportedly became more
consistent with his mechanics around midseason in 2018, leading to
corresponding improvement in arsenal from that scouted and described
below, and correspondingly, improvement in results.
90-92 mph. Tops out at 93 mph. Reportedly sat 93-95 mph in high school,
topping out at 98 mph. Delivery brings command profile into question. Will
show life down in the zone. Struggles to locate arm-side. Velocity grades
out higher than command projection. Plus potential with refined command.
Was reportedly back to 92-93, T95 later in 2018 after ironing out
Changeup: 79-81 mph.
Good separation from fastball. Inconsistent feel. At its best, will show
deceptive arm speed and late drop. Potential average offering with
Curveball: 72-76 mph. Long, 12-to-6 break. Doesnít
consistently get over the pitch and struggles to bury it down in the zone.
At its best at 74-75 mph. When he snaps it off, shows tight rotation and
depth. Average potential.
Reportedly worked on adding pitch during the 2018 Fall Instructional
League. Will update scouting report after seeing pitch in action. May
replace curveball as third pitch.
Career Notes: Had been committed to
Texas A&M. Had some issues with conditioning in high school, losing 40
pounds between his sophomore and junior seasons. Played for three
different high schools before transferring back to his freshman year high
school for his senior season. Signed in 2017 but did not debut until 2018.
Missed time in 2018 with an intercostal strain.
Participated in 2018 Fall Instructional League.
Summation: In the
early stages of developing his three-pitch mix. Has the durable frame you
look for in a starter, but delivery needs work as do secondary pitches. If
secondary pitches develop, projects as a number four starter, but has the
stuff to project in a bullpen role if they don't. Wide gap between what he
is now and his potential, with a lot of development remaining. Reportedly
also throws a slider, but hasnít shown it in any of the games scouted.