Physical Description: Average,
athletic frame. Minimal remaining projection.
Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot.
Does not use a wind-up. Medium-high leg kick. Controlled,
mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Above-average command and control
profile. Around the plate, throws quality strikes. Really knows
how to control the zone and gets a surprising number of whiffs
with the pitch. Velocity has improved in pro ball, but ticked
down after return from injury in 2021. Prior to his injury in
2021, he would come out at 93-95 mph before settling in at
91-93. Since returning, his velocity has been down around 90-92
mph, topping out at 93 mph. Potential average offering.
Slider: 81-86 mph.
Primarily throws with 10-to-4 shape, but will intentionally
manipulate shape. At times will be more horizontal, at others
more vertical like a curveball. Average movement, but advanced
feel allows the pitch to play up. Has
shown bat-missing ability. Pitch has shown improvement in
Triple-A. Potential above-average offering.
80-82 mph. Deceptive, throws with the same arm speed as his
fastball and has good velocity separation. Pitch shows late,
downward action. Has shown the ability to pull a string and have
the pitch fall off the table. Showed advanced feel for offering
prior to 2021, but during 2021 season has been more hesitant
with the pitch, and has lost feel in some outings entirely. Will
still flash plus potential on occasion but questions regarding
consistency bring overall grade for the pitch down and create a
greater range of potential outcomes for the pitch than you would
expect at this point in his development. Potential average
offering, but that grade could increase if feel he showed prior
to 2021 returns.
Curveball: 75-79 mph. Long, 11-to-5 shape.
Does not consistently snap off. Primarily used as a
change-of-pace pitch early in counts to steal a strike. Not a
major part of his arsenal, thrown only a handful of times in a
given outing, but can be effective when sequenced correctly.
Potential below-average pitch.
Career Notes: Missed nearly
four months of the 2019 season with an oblique injury. Used that
time to tinker with his changeup, which greatly improved.
Impressed at the 2019 Arizona Fall League. Although he was not a
non-roster invitee to Phillies spring training in 2020, was
invited to Summer Camp when play resumed, and pitched at the
Alternate Training Sites for both the Phillies and Red Sox.
Opened 2021 at the Alternate Training Site. Missed the first
two-and-a-half months of
the 2021 season due to right elbow inflammation.
Summation: Potential number 5 starter. Ceiling of a
solid 3-to-4 starter. Lacks a plus pitch right now, but will
show three at least-average offerings. Strong pitchability and
advanced command and control profile allow his arsenal to play
up. At his best, can generate whiffs with three pitches. Not the
highest ceiling, but command/control and feel/pitchability,
combined with proximity to MLB, give him a high floor. Needs
velocity and feel for changeup to return to reach his ceiling.
With diminished velocity projects more as a spot-starter or
low-end number five type.
Video from Pawtucket (9.4.2020)
Scouting Scratch (5.5.2021)
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