Prototypical pitcher's frame. Looks the part. Tall, filled-out
with a sturdy but athletic frame. Has some potential to add
strength in his upper body.
Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. Controlled delivery
with some effort. Starts on the extreme first base side and
does not use a wind-up. Has a high leg kick and rocks back before
coming forward. Rough arm action with a stab behind and long
coming forward. Quick arm that can get out of sync with his
delivery. Inconsistent release point. Sometimes telegraphs
breaking ball by shortening his arm swing. Delivery is more
compact and repeatable from the stretch. Gets some deception
from his front side.
mph. Hit 98 mph in three-inning stints with Lowell during his
first season. Pitch shows sink when down. Above-average life.
Likes to spot the pitch glove-side, but struggles to locate
arm-side. Has the tendency to yank his fastball and will lose
release point. Plus-plus velocity. Command lags well behind at
present and projects as below-average at best right now. With
improved command, could develop into a potential plus-to-better
Slider: 84-87 mph. 10-to-4
shape. Pitch will show depth and bite at its best when he really
gets over it. Will bury it down and out of the zone when ahead
in the count. Had inconsistent feel during first season with
Lowell, not utilizing the pitch in some outings, but then
relying on it later in the season where it flashed significantly
better. His best secondary pitch. Will flash plus at its best.
Changeup: 83-86 mph. Throws with deceptive arm
speed. Has splitter-like late drop. Has confidence in pitch.
Uses primarily against left-handed hitters. Potential
mph. 11-to-5 shape. Average depth. Lacks bite. Viable pitch when
sequenced correctly to steal a strike early in the count. Rarely
thrown later in the count. Doesn’t consistently get over it.
Added size and velocity in college. Developed a blister on his
nail after signing, limiting his ability to throw his breaking
balls in Lowell. Participated in 2020 Fall Instructional League.
Began 2021 season in Low-A Salem but was sent down to the Ft.
Myers complex in mid-July after significant struggles, working
on the side on mechanics before re-entering games on August 31.
Summation: Has the
frame and fastball of a starting pitcher. Secondary pitches and
command need work. If he can hone his breaking balls, changeup,
and control, could develop into a number four starter. However,
could move quickly in a bullpen role, where he could narrow his
arsenal and focus on his fastball and changeup, and fastball
command would not be as important.
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