Short, average frame. Very athletic. Minimal remaining
Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot from the third base side of the rubber. Simple
mechanics. Compact delivery with little wasted motion. High leg kick. Very
quick arm. Has some effort in delivery, but repeats well.
Fastball: 93-95 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Pitch lacks plane and
straightens out up in the zone, but shows some life when down. Need to see
how his velocity holds deeper into outings, but held velocity during short
outings after signing. Command and control need refinement. Potential plus
Slider: 82-85 mph.
Short, tight, 10-to-4 break. Pitch is more horizontal than his curveball, but
shows bite. Potential above-average offering.
Curveball: 77-80 mph. Feel and confidence
in pitch. Willing to throw in any count to both right- and left-handed
hitters. Shows tight rotation and depth when he snaps it off. 11-to-5 shape.
Potential average offering.
84-86 mph. Inconsistent movement. Firm, looks like a fastball that he took
something off at times. Will show drop on occasion. Fringe-average
Career Notes: Undrafted out of high
school. Pitched out of the Texas bullpen during his first two college
seasons. Moved to the rotation during his junior season, where his stuff
did not play up.
Stuff unexpectedly ticked way up after signing in 2018, likely surprising
even the organization, but only pitched in short stints after increased
workload and Texas' run to the College World Series.
Suspended for 50 games at
outset of 2019 season for a second failed drug test.
Participated in Fall Instructional League in 2018, 2019, and
2020. Underwent a procedure on his knee in roughly May 2020, but
did not miss time due to the canceled season, although he did
not pitch at Fall Instructs as a result.
Summation: Intriguing arm who
bounced around between the bullpen and rotation at Texas. Very
athletic for a pitcher and repeats delivery well. Has the
makings of a four-pitch mix, with both his breaking balls
showing potential. Changeup lags behind, but could still be
effective when sequenced correctly. Ability to command and
control fastball and hold velocity deep into games will be key
for him to stick as a starter. If he can't stick in the rotation, fastball/breaking
ball combination potentially could be interesting in a 7th- or 8th-inning role.
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