Slightly undersized frame. Sturdy
lower half with remaining projection in his upper body. Not that
tall, looks heavier than listed weight of 167 pounds. Solid
Mechanics: Throws from a
three-quarters arm slot. Some effort in delivery. Does not use a
wind-up. Loose, quick arm. Rotational delivery. High leg kick.
Stiff arm action with a slight stab behind. Front side
deception. Arm action is a little violent and can get out of
sync from the rest of his delivery at times.
Fastball: 92-95 mph. Tops out at 97 mph. Live arm.
Velocity drops considerably the deeper he works into games. Will
come out 95-97 mph and eventually settle in at 92-94 mph,
topping out at 95 mph, by the third inning. Fastball has shown
bat-missing ability even in the zone. Pitch shows all types of
movement: life, tail, cut, and sink. Variety of movement is a
result of him being very raw and still learning how to pitch.
Command and control are works in progress. Has flashed the
ability to locate on occasions, but is wild at present. Will
often yank the pitch to the glove side when his arm gets out
ahead of the rest of his delivery. Potential plus offering with
Changeup: 84-87 mph.
Deceptive arm speed. Flashes late, splitter-like drop where it
falls off the table. Has feel and confidence in the pitch. Will
throw in any count to hitters from both sides. Will telegraph on
occasion by slowing delivery. Pitch is somewhat inconsistent and
at times will be on the firm side. Potential plus offering.
Slider: 84-88 mph.
10-to-4 shape. Length varies. Has shown some ability to spin,
but is inconsistent. Needs a lot of refinement, but it is
encouraging that the pitch already will show flashes. Potential
75-78 mph. Long, 11-to-5 break. Work-in-progress pitch that is
inconsistent at present. Does not always get over the pitch and
too often gets on the side, pulling it to the glove side. On
some occasions, pitch will flash tight break and has an
above-average spin rate. Did not show the pitch at instructs in
2020; is in the early stages of developing it. Potential
fringe-average pitch, but with a wide range of potential
Career Notes: Opening Day
starter for the DSL Red Sox 1 in 2019. Participated in Fall
Instructional League in 2019 and 2020. Had a breakout 2021
season with a strong showing in the FCL and Low-A, jumping from
the back-end of the SoxProspects rankings into the top 15 by
season's end. Name was universally misspelled "Wilkelman" prior to
Summation: Great arm with
a wide range of potential outcomes. Ceiling of a solid
mid-rotation starter, but size and delivery could push him to
the bullpen potentially. Great arm strength with a lot of
development remaining. Fastball and changeup show the most
potential right now. Breaking balls and command and control need
work. Still learning how to pitch, but is not as raw as some
comparable arms age-wise in the system.
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