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.
Participated in 2018 Fall Instructional League. Suspended for 50 games at
outset of 2019 season for a second failed drug test.
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.
Scouting Scratch (10.16.2018)