August 23, 1998
Barnegat Township, NJ
1st round, 2016
School: Barnegat (NJ)
Scouting Scratch (9.8.16)
Scouting Scratch (9.29.16)
Notes from the Field (3.29.17)
Scouting Scratch - Jay Groome (7.5.2017)
Strong pitcherís frame. Looks the part, doesnít have the size of a typical
teenager. Durable frame and looks like someone who could one day throw 200
innings a year. Wide, mature body that looks all of his listed height and
weight. Could be heavier than listed. Body will need maintenance and bears
watching as he matures. How his body develops will depend in how much work
he puts in off the field both in-season and during the offseason. Height
is imposing on the mound.
repeatable delivery. Loose arm. Throws from a three-quarters arm slot.
Starts on the third base side of the rubber from the wind-up. Free and
easy arm action. Starts with his feet close together and slightly pointed
towards the on-deck circle on the first-base side. Utilizes a high leg
lift and gets extension over his front side. Hides the ball briefly when
he brings it behind his back and then again behind his head as he comes
forward. At times has trouble getting his arm in sync with the rest of his
delivery. When arm is out ahead, will miss up to the glove side; when arm
drags behind, tends to miss arm-side.
90-93 mph. Has reportedly topped out at 97 mph, but SoxProspects staff has
only seen him up to 95 mph in game action. Generates easy velocity. Pitch
gets on hitters quick and has life. Needs to show the ability to hold
velocity deeper into games. Has the potential to add velocity as he
matures and to ramp up and down within outings if the situation calls for
it. Pitch has shown swing-and-miss potential, with arm-side run at times
and cut on other occasions. Potential to develop into a plus-to-better
Curveball: 75-80 mph. 1-to-7 shape. At
its best, shows depth and late finish. Has advanced feel for the offering
and does a good job snapping the pitch off. Can throw it for strikes or
bury it down and out of the zone when looking for a swinging strike. Has
the potential to be a big league-quality out pitch. Already shows plus and
has the potential to become a plus-plus offering with improved
Changeup: 80-83 mph. Clear third
offering at present. Didnít throw pitch much in high school and didnít
throw much in outings scouted in 2016. Incorporated the pitch more in
2017, but pitch was a work in progress as he tried to develop feel for it.
At times will show average-to-better potential with late fade. At other
times, will show well-below-average, coming in straight and firm and
looking like a fastball he took something off of. Doesnít throw with
consistent arm speed; still developing. Solid-average potential, but will
take some time to develop.
Career Notes: Was
considered by some to be the top on-field talent in the 2016 draft class,
but fell due to signability and makeup concerns. Committed to Vanderbilt
initially. Conflicting reports about whether he decommitted the week of
the draft to commit to Chipola (Fla.) Junior Collegeópotentially allowing
him to re-enter draft in 2017óor whether Vanderbilt pulled his offer;
SoxProspects sources unanimously confirmed the latter story. Transferred
to IMG Academy in Florida for his junior HS season but returned to
Barnegat High in New Jersey as a senior and was later retroactively
suspended for an improper transfer, causing his team to forfeit two games.
Signed for just under $500,000 over slot. Participated in 2016 Fall
Instructional League. Club reportedly was unhappy with his conditioning
entering 2017 Spring Training. Suffered an intercostal strain during his
first start of the 2017 season (giving up 9 runs as he tried to pitch
through it), causing him to miss two months. Was shut down in mid-August
with forearm soreness. Father was arrested on drug and weapons charges
during 2017 season. Worked out with Chris Sale in Ft. Myers during the
Summation: Has the potential to
develop into one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in baseball.
Projects as a solid number three starter. Has the ceiling of a high-end
number two starter. Has the build of a workhorse starting pitcher and
clean, repeatable mechanics to be able to sustain 200-plus innings a year.
Early makings of a three-pitch mix with fastball and curveball both
projecting to be at least plus offerings. Could stand to add a cutter to
give hitters another look when he reaches the high minors. Has a wide
range of outcomes with a significant gap between his floor and ceiling.
Has great potential but has a long way to go developmentally.