Athletic, lean frame with some remaining projection, especially
in his upper body. Quick feet.
Mechanics: Throws from a
high-three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the third base side.
Quick arm. Deliberate, vertical delivery. High leg lift. Could
do a better job incorporating his lower half. Finishes upright
and square to the plate. Arm action has a stab behind, but is
relatively free and easy. Good rhythm in delivery, works
quickly. Repeats well. Varies delivery times from the stretch.
Has deception in his delivery, hides the ball well behind his
head until late, giving hitters less time to pick it up.
Fastball: 92-95 mph. Pitch shows life and sink.
Velocity is trending up and has improved each year since he
signed. Advanced command and control for his age. Always around
the zone; throws competitive pitches, which allows him to work
deeper into games. Potential plus offering with refined command.
Changeup: 86-88 mph. Best secondary pitch.
Splitter-ish movement with late drop down and out of the zone.
Advanced feel. Flashed plus at times during the 2018 season, but
rarely incorporated the pitch in 2019 looks with Lowell. During
2020 Fall Instructs, pitch was very effective and elicited lots
of weak contact on the ground. Potential plus-to-better
Curveball: 77-81 mph. Shows confidence in and
feel for pitch. Will throw in any count. At its best, shows
11-to-5, two-plane break. Can bury down and out of the zone or
backdoor the pitch to steal a called strike. Shape and depth
vary at times. Below-average spin rate. Potential average
Career Notes: Red Sox
purchased his rights from Aguascalientes in the Mexican League
for $550,000 in April 2018. Showed advanced control for his age
in the DSL in 2018. Participated in the 2018 and 2020 Fall
Instructional League. Was identified by scouts as one of the top
pitchers at the 2020 Fall Instructional League. After good start
to 2021 season, went on the IL with right elbow tendinitis at
the end of June. While on the IL, was traded to Washington at
the trade deadline in exchange for Kyle Schwarber.
Summation: Potential back-end starter. Ceiling of a
mid-rotation starter. Very interesting young arm with a strong
track record of performance in the low minors against
age-advanced competition. Has advanced feel for his age and has
a solid chance to remain a starter. Has always thrown strikes
and shows the early makings of a three-pitch mix, all with at
least average potential. Does not stand out physically, but
still young enough that he could grow some more. One of the more
intriguing low minors arms in the system, but has a long way to
go between what he is now and what he could be in the future.
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