Physical Description: Sturdy,
filled-out pitcher's frame. Doesn't have any projection left.
Has filled out considerably in his upper body since he signed.
Solid lower half.
Mechanics: Throws from
a low-three quarters arm slot, starting in the middle of the
rubber. Significant amount of effort in his delivery. Loud
pre-pitch, with right hand constantly moving by his side as he
gets the sign. Brings glove up high to his face then down and
back up without using a full wind-up. Effort starts when he
brings his arm back and raises his elbows high, then drops and
drives, slinging the ball from a low arm slot. Delivery puts a
significant amount of stress on his arm and shoulder. Delivery
is tough on right-handed hitters due to low arm slot, but
left-handers get a good look at the ball.
Fastball: 90-92 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. When starting,
velocity tails off after the fourth inning down to 89-90 mph. In
relief in 2019, sat more 91-94 mph. Pitch has late arm-side run
and sink. When he keeps the pitch down in the zone, leads to a
lot of weak contact on the ground. Average control;
fringe-average command. Control regressed significantly in 2019
and bares watching going forward. Still working on consistently
commanding the pitch. Potential average offering in a starting
role but could play up as he adjusts to a bullpen role. Has
reportedly worked on elevating a four-seam fastball to change
hitters' eye levels.
Slider: 82-85 mph.
Was once a slower, slurvy pitch with 10-to-4 break, but has
evolved into a harder, sweepy breaking ball. Velocity did tick
back a bit in 2019 from being 84-87 mph. Pitch lacks tilt, but
has late bite. Has shown bat-missing potential against upper-level hitters. Has strong feel and confidence in the pitch.
Willing to throw the pitch to both left-handed and right-handed
hitters. Potential solid-average offering.
Changeup: 84-86 mph. Inconsistent at present
and doesn't use consistently in games. At its best, will show
late fade and is thrown with deceptive arm speed. Other times is
on the firm side and looks like a fastball he took something off
of. Pitch will be crucial to his ability to stick at the major
league level. Potential below-average offering.
Career Notes: Was seen as a potential
first-round pick after a strong sophomore season, but struggled
with injuries during his junior year and his draft stock took a
hit. Signed for $262,000 over slot. Participated in 2016 Fall
Instructional League. Nicknamed "The Unicorn" in college. In
2017, ranked 9th in the minors in strikeouts and 11th in
strikeouts per 9 innings.
Profiles best as an emergency up-and-down swingman. Ceiling of a
long reliever capable of coming in the fifth or sixth inning and
throwing two-to-three innings should he end up in the bullpen.
Fastball and slider show the most potential, but command and
control still need refinement. Strong makeup and work ethic.
Further development of changeup, giving him a pitch
better-suited to get out left-handed hitters, will be key to
sticking in the major leagues versus being Triple-A depth.
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