Physical Description: Average,
proportional frame with minimal remaining projection.
Above-average athlete, was a runner in high school
Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm
slot. High-effort delivery. Quick leg kick and gets low coming
forward. Long arm action behind before he whips his arm forward.
Extremely quick arm. Opens chest towards the plate while arm
drags behind. Lands on-line to the plate before falling off to
the first base side. Off-putting delivery creates deception.
Fastball: 96-98 mph. Pitch shows life and
can be thrown up in the zone. Really jumps on hitters. Command
and control need significant refinement and will come and go
between or even during outings. Pitch plays below its velocity
due to a lack of command. Potential plus offering.
Slider: 83-86 mph. 10-to-4 shape with depth and
bite. True swing-and-miss pitch with major league out pitch
potential with development. Elite spin rate that has been
recorded at over 3000 rpm consistently. Will struggle to land in
the zone at times. Potential plus-to-better offering with
Changeup: Third pitch used on occasion with
late, arm-side movement. Did not throw in outing scouted in
2021. Added the pitch after signing.
Notes: Grew up a Red Sox fan in Methuen, Massachusetts
and starred at Methuen High before becoming the closer at UConn.
Pitched for Bourne in the 2018 Cape Cod League, where he was
named the co-recipient of the John Claffey New England Top
Prospect Award and was named a CCBL All-Star. Was acquired late
in the 2020 season as the player-to-be-named for Kevin Pillar.
Participated in the 2020 Fall Instructional League. Participated
in the Fall Performance Program in 2021. Was traded to Kansas
City in December 2022 for MLB depth reliever Wyatt Mills.
Summation: Potential volatile, up-and-down middle
reliever. Ceiling of a late-inning reliever. Has among the best
raw stuff for a true relief prospect in the system, with the
potential for two plus pitches. Unique delivery gives hitters a
very different look on the mound, but it also makes his future
more unpredictable. Harsh delivery and inconsistent command and
control profile give him low odds to reach his peak potential.
Even if he reaches the big leagues, will likely have good
stretches and bad stretches, making him tough to count on year
after year. Very intense on the mound, always competes.
Scouting Report Update (3.10.2022)