Short, average frame. Very athletic, quick feet. Minimal
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 with no runners on base, but with
runners on, he streamlines that part of his delivery with an
abbreviated leg kick. Very quick arm. Has some effort in
Fastball: 93-95 mph. Tops out
at 97 mph. Pitch lacks plane and straightens out up in the zone.
Below-average life and does not miss as many bats as you would
expect given the velocity. Has shown the ability to hit 97 mph
after five innings of work when he reaches back. Velocity could
play up even more in short bursts. Command and control need
refinement. Below-average command at present. Potential
above-average pitch with refined command.
Curveball: 74-80 mph. 11-to-5 shape. Has feel and
confidence in the pitch. Willing to throw in any count to both
right- and left-handed hitters. Shows tight rotation and depth
when he snaps it off. Will take something off it and throw it in
the 74-76 mph range at times, but pitch is best in the high-80s.
Potential above-average offering.
81-84 mph. Short, tight, 10-to-4 break. Pitch is more horizontal
than his curveball, but shows bite. Potential fringe-average
Changeup: 84-87 mph. Inconsistent movement.
Firm, looks like a fastball that he took something off at times.
Will show drop on occasion. Clear fourth pitch, only uses as a
change of pace offering. Limited bat-missing ability.
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. Stuff unexpectedly ticked way up after
signing in 2018, likely surprising even the organization, but
only pitched in short stints after increased spring 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. Did
not miss time due to the canceled season, although he did not
pitch at Fall Instructs as a result.
Potential up-and-down multi-inning reliever. Ceiling of a middle
reliever. Fastball and curveball show the most potential in
arsenal. Size and command profile are better suited to a bullpen
role. Very athletic and repeats delivery well. Has four pitches,
but only two project for now as anything more than show-me
pitches against more advanced hitters. On the older side, could
move quicker if transitioned into a bullpen role.
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