February 11, 1994
3rd round, 2014
College: Seminole State (FL)
School: Clear Creek (TX)
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Physical Description: Athletic, projectable frame. On the skinny
side at present, with room to fill out. Low-mileage arm.
Mechanics: Arm-heavy delivery. Doesnít utilize his lower
half much and has some effort. Over-the-top arm slot. Almost short-arms the ball and has a slight stab.
Fastball: 95-97 mph. Tops out in the
high-90s. Potential plus-to-better offering. Pitch shows some life. Loose arm and elite arm
strength help him generate easy velocity even though he doesnít use
his lower half to great effect. Well below-average command and control.
Curveball: 71-74 mph. Average potential. Loose and rolls
to the plate at lower velocities. Shows sharp break and depth through the
zone when he snaps it off.
Changeup: 82-83 mph.
Below-average potential. Throws with similar arm speed to his fastball. Shows
drop and fade in on right-handed hitters. The pitch looked much improved
in 2014 Fall Instructional League, but he struggled with the offering
during the 2015 season and didnít throw it during two outings scouted
during Spring Training 2016.
Slider: 84 mph. Short
10-to-4 break. Thrown sparingly as a pro thus far.
Notes: Moved to the bullpen full-time in 2016. Redshirted his freshman season at Duke as an outfielder,
then transferred to Seminole State to become a pitcher. Brother Jarred is
a starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins.
Extremely high-risk prospect who has
shown the arsenal and athleticism to profile as a starter in the past, but
now looks destined for a bullpen role. When at his best, stuff would
project in a late-inning role, but odds of him reaching that ceiling are
very low. Delivery relies on excellent arm speed, but doesnít lend itself
to command and control or long-term arm health. Improving command and
control will be key for his development, as will refining his secondary