November 25, 1993
2nd round, 2013 ; 2nd round 2012 by NYM
College: Seminole State (OK)
School: Fort Worth
Scouting Scratch: Teddy Stankiewicz... (8.21.13)
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Description: Ideal pitcher's build with room for growth. Good
athlete. On the thin side at present. Will be able to add strength without
Mechanics: Uses a
drop-and-drive delivery with a stab behind. Throws from a three-quarters
arm slot. Loose arm. Controlled, repeatable delivery. Has some trouble
pitching downhill. Good timing in delivery, arm comes through in sync with
body. Rhythmic delivery. Can lose his arm slot and release point.
Fastball: 90-93 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Some late
life, but pitch is on the straight side and hitters seem to get a good
look at it. Solid-average potential. Average command, but plus control.
Throws strikes, rarely walks hitters.
78-82 mph. Shows tilt and tight break. Two-plane, 10-to-4 movement. Strong
feel for pitch. Confident throwing it in any count. Can miss bats.
Changeup: 80-83 mph.
Throws with similar arm speed to his fastball. Shows fade on some
occasions, sink on others. Effective when he finishes the pitch and buries
it down in the zone. Average potential.
72-76 mph. 11-5 break. Flashes tight rotation and depth, but inconsistent.
On the loose side generally. Doesnít always finish the pitch and snap it
off. Can throw to steal strikes, but more of a pitch to keep hitters
honest and show them something different. Fringe-average potential.
Career Notes: Originally agreed to a $1.1-million
signing bonus with the Red Sox, but eventually signed for $915,000 when
his physical revealed a minor issue.
Innings-eating number four/five starter potential. Wonít be flashy, but
will throw strikes and utilize four-pitch mix to get outs. If command
doesnít improve, and secondary pitches donít develop, profiles as a long
reliever. Really understands how to pitch. Strong makeup. Doesnít give
away at-bats, grinds and generates weak contact.