right-hander with a mature frame. Sturdy lower half. No
from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the first base side of
the rubber. Medium leg kick. Stiff delivery. Arm hook behind.
Rocks back at his peak and then drops and drives as he comes
forward. Inconsistent timing with delivery leads him to pull off
with his front side. Average athlete, good arm speed.
Fastball: 93-96 mph. Tops out at 98 mph. Heavy,
generates a lot of weak contact on the ground. Throws strikes,
but command is below-average. Command and velocity have improved
as the 2022 season has gone on. Plus pitch.
Changeup: 80-82 mph. Great separation from fastball.
Pitch shows late, parachuting movement down. Throws with very
deceptive arm speed. Has shown bat-missing ability at the minor
league level. Plus pitch.
mph. Hard, horizontal break. Primarily used to generate soft
contact against right-handed hitters. Potential fringe-average
Slider: 83-84 mph. Has not
incorporated much in outings scouted since 2021.
Notes: Signed as an
undrafted free agent by Oakland for a $500 bonus out of Division
II Newberry College in 2017. Was released the following April
before signing just over a week later with the Angels. Made it
to Double-A with that organization by early 2019 and pitched
well. Tore the UCL in his pitching arm in early 2020 but avoided
Tommy John surgery. Was released during the 2020 season when it became clear he would need some
form of elbow surgery. Underwent surgery but was back throwing
off a mound by November 2020 and signed with the Red Sox as a
minor league free agent. Re-signed with the organization before
reaching free agency after the 2021 season, receiving an
invitation to Major League spring training. Participated in 2022
Winter Warm-Up. Made his MLB debut in August 2022 days before
the birth of his first child. Participated in 2023 Rookie Development Program.
Summation: Projects as a middle reliever. Ceiling of a consistent seventh-inning
arm. Likely lacks late-inning upside due to inconsistent
command, but could stick around for a while as a sixth-inning
arm. Fastball and changeup both project as plus pitches, with
changeup showing true bat-missing ability. Cutter is more of a
pitch-to-contact offering at present, but if it improves, would
give him a third pitch that can miss bats. Late bloomer who
could continue to improve and see his stuff take a step forward
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