September 22, 1994
4th round, 2017 (BOS);
34th round, 2013 (CHC)
College: Oregon State
School: Central (OR)
Scouting Scratch (08.14.17)
Description: Listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and has a filled-out
frame with a thick lower half. Old for a draftee so doesn’t have much
physical projection remaining.
exclusively from the stretch, utilizing a three quarters arm slot. Starts
on the first base side of the rubber and has a medium leg kick and short
arm action. Hides the ball behind his body until late. Quick arm, usually
does a good job keeping his line to the plate.
Sits 94-96 mph in short bursts. Have yet to see how he holds his velocity
deeper into games. Pitch has average life, but is on the straight side.
Pitch only sat 90-92 in Spring Training 2018 working in a starter role in
a simulated game.
Slider: 83-86 mph. Two-plane,
10-to-4 break. Showed feel for offering during pro debut. Pitch flashed
depth and late bite when he snapped it off. Has bat missing potential at
the major league level. Potential plus offering.
83-86 mph. Inconsistent, will flash average-to-better at times and
below-average at others. At its best is thrown with deceptive arm speed
and late drop and fade. Shown a willingness to throw to both left and
Splitter: 81-84 mph.
Featured pitch heavily during Spring Training 2018. Unclear if this pitch
will be replacing his changeup or as a new offering. Pitch will flash
above-average potential with late tumble, but is inconsistent and still a
work in progress.
Curveball: 73-77 mph. Lags
behind other secondary pitches. Doesn’t consistently snap off and on the
loose side. Looks like a potential show-me pitch, best used in sequence to
steal a strike in the future.
Missed the majority of his sophomore season with a back injury. Returned
to a decent 2016 season before taking a major step forward in 2017.
Summation: Fastball-slider combination could play in
a bullpen role, but with the potential his changeup showed during his pro
debut, it will be worth developing him as a starter initially. Potential
for three at least solid-average offerings if his secondary pitches
continue to develop. Due to his age, could be fast-tracked in a bullpen
role if necessary.