Physical Description: Solidly
built frame. Strong upper body. Minimal remaining physical
projection. Not a standout athlete.
Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. Starts on
the first base side and uses a medium leg kick. Has a slight
trunk twist in his delivery before he comes forward. Delivery is
stiff and arm-heavy. Strong, live arm, which he uses to make up
for not effectively incorporating his lower half into his
delivery. Struggles to find a consistent arm slot and release
point at times. Will come more over the top at times when
throwing his breaking ball.
94-96 mph. Tops out at 99 mph. Will show life down in the zone.
Struggles to locate arm-side. Velocity grades out higher than
command projection. Control has improved as he moved up the
ladder, but still needs to refine his command. Velocity dipped
to 90-92 mph in the first half of the 2018 season as he tried to
change his mechanics. After ironing out mechanics later in 2018
it jumped back to 92-93, T95. Velocity jumped again upon moving
to the bullpen. Potential plus offering.
Changeup: 83-85 mph. Good separation from fastball.
Inconsistent feel. At its best, will show deceptive arm speed
and late drop. Potential average offering with refinement.
Curveball: 76-79 mph. Long, 12-to-6 break. Does
not consistently get over the pitch and struggles to bury it
down in the zone. When he snaps it off, shows tight rotation and
depth. Average potential.
Had been committed to Texas A&M. Lost 40 pounds between his
sophomore and junior seasons in high school. Played for three
different high schools before transferring back to his freshman
high school for his senior season. Signed in 2017 but did not
debut until 2018. Missed time in 2018 with an intercostal
strain. Participated in 2018 Fall Instructional League. Moved to
the bullpen in 2021 to much-improved results.
Summation: Potential middle reliever. Ceiling of set-up
reliever. Fastball is best pitch, but needs to improve command.
Changeup is primary secondary pitch, but needs to show more
consistency with it. Has really taken to the bullpen. Shows more
potential there than in the rotation.
Notes from the Field (4.9.18)
Scouting Scratch (10.4.18)