Physical Description: Loose,
athletic right-hander with room to add strength. Has already
grown since signing and should continue to grow. Quick feet.
Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm
slot. Starts on the third base side and does not utilize a
wind-up. Medium leg kick. Effort in delivery. Trunk twist and
long arm action with a hook and stab behind. Could stand to do a
better job repeating his delievery.
90-92 mph. Tops out at 94. Average life. Pitch shows sink down
in the zone. Solid control for someone his age, but command is a
work in progress. Could stand to add velocity. Fringe-average
Curveball: 76-78 mph. Average
spin rate. Gets over the ball and can snap it off. Has shown the
ability to land the pitch in the zone. Average-to-better
Changeup: 83-85 mph. On the
firmer side, but has shown ability to command the pitch. On
occasion will show drop and deceptive arm speed. Fringe-average
Reportedly also has a slider for which he has shown some feel,
but did not use the pitch in outings scouted in 2022.
Career Notes: Signed with the Royals for
$147,500 when he turned 16 on July 6, 2018. Primarily played
shortstop growing up, but converted to pitching shortly before
signing. Was acquired as a player-to-be-named-later from Kansas
City in the Andrew Benintendi trade. 2021 numbers are skewed
heavily by a single, terrible outing (0.2 IP, 6 ER), as well as
about a month missed at least in part due to rainouts on what
were likely a number of his scheduled starts. Participated in
the Fall Performance Program in 2021.
Summation: Potential minor league depth arm. Ceiling of
an organizational arm. Future projection is fluid right now.
Present stuff is on the pedestrian side, but has shown solid
feel. Has the athleticism you look for in a pitcher and frame to
add weight. How his stuff develops as he physically matures will
determine future profile.
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