July 24, 1996
Oak Ridge, TN
9th round, 2014
School: Oak Ridge HS (TN)
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Scouting Scratch (6.24.16)
NOTE: Steen has not played
since a horrific April 2017 car accident in Fort Myers, and has undergone
at least 16 surgeries since the accident. Still a member of the
organization, Steen continues to rehab from his injuries, running for the
first time since the accident in November 2018 and throwing off a mound in
January 2019. The scouting report below is from before his accident.
Average size, athletic. Looks listed height and weight of 6-foot-1, 180
pounds. Minimal projection remaining; doesn’t have the frame to support
much added size.
Mechanics: Throws from a high
three-quarters arm slot from the third base side of the rubber. Controlled
delivery. Doesn’t use a wind-up. Starts with hands by chest; short arm
action back, then long around and forward, almost with a shot put like
motion. Not consistent with arm slot. Arm gets out ahead of the rest of
his delivery often. Doesn’t finish delivery consistently.
Fastball: 88-90 mph. Tops out at 92 mph. Straight, lacks life.
Doesn’t get great plane on fastball. Well below-average control, doesn’t
miss enough bats. Struggles to locate arm side. Fringe-average potential.
Curveball: 72-76 mph. 11-to-5 shape. Shows feel for
offering and will throw in any count. Long break, two-plane movement.
Tends to roll to the plate, as he doesn’t consistently snap off. Will
flash average on occasion, but others will be well below-average.
Changeup: 82-84 mph.
Firm, looks like a fastball he takes something off at times. Will flash
drop on occasion. Below-average potential.
Was also a stand-out basketball player in high school. Was in a
terrible car accident in April 2017 that derailed his career.
Summation: Athletic right-hander was drafted as a projection
play, but stuff hasn’t ticked up and he is still very raw as a pitcher.
Still has poor command and control profile and a fringy three-pitch mix.
Lacks true put-away pitch and fastball is hittable. Already pitched in
short season ball for three years and stuff will be tested by A-ball
hitters. Will need to make significant improvements to get out of the low