Physical Description: Tall
pitcher's frame. Has filled out considerably since signing,
especially in his lower half. High waist and long limbs. Still
has some projection in his upper half. Is now clearly heavier
than his listed weight (160 pounds at time of writing).
Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm
slot with effort delivery in his delivery. Quick arm. Starts on
the first base side a utilizes a full wind up. Short, deceptive
arm action. Is deliberate going back, then whips arm forward.
Arm heavy delivery, doesn't do a great job incorporating his
lower half. Works very fast - could perhaps stand to slow things
down a bit. Release point can get inconsistent and drop as he
works deeper into games and tires.
91-95 mph. Tops out at 98 mph. Added significant velocity in
2018; pitch used to sit 90-92, topping out at 94. Occasionally
falls into the 91-92 range later in outings. Throws two types of
fastball, a four-seam at 93-95 mph and two-seam at 91-93 mph.
Still learning to harness that velocity and needs to work on
command and control. Four-seam is on the straight side,
especially when up in the zone while two-seam is heavy with late
sink and run. Potential above-average to plus pitch in the
Changeup: 84-86 mph. Thrown
with deceptive arm speed. Velocity also increased as fastball
velocity increased, from 82-83 mph. Inconsistent pitch right
now, but potential above-average offering.
Curveball: 78-80 mph. 11-to-5 break and two-plane
movement. When he snaps it off, pitch will show depth. Can throw
pitch in the zone and is comfortable doing so. Will backdoor the
pitch to left-handed hitters. Potential average offering.
Slider/Cutter: 86-90 mph. New pitch that he
added coming into Spring Training 2019. Pitch is longer and
looks like a slider at lower velocities and is more cutter like
when thrown harder. Inconsistent shape at present, but flashed
average potential in limited look. Gives him another weapon to
throw at left-handed hitters who hit him very hard during the
Expected to sign with the Brewers in July 2015 at start of
international signing period, but a groin injury derailed that
agreement and he rehabbed the injury on his own before signing
with the Red Sox for what was likely a much smaller bonus.
Impressed at 2016 Fall Instructional League. Started the 2017
season in extended spring training before being promoted to
Greenville at the end of May. Has been promoted aggressively;
was youngest player in the South Atlantic League in 2017 and
Carolina League in 2018. Fit description of unnamed player whom
Red Sox declined to include in trade talks during 2016-17
Summation: Ultimate role is
to be determined. Likely will end up in the bullpen where his
stuff could tick up and play in a sixth or seventh inning relief
role. If he takes to his new slider/cutter and tightens up his
command and control could develop into a back end starter. Still
is very young and is a very intriguing arm who still has a lot
of development left despite already reaching High-A. Even though
he is repeating Carolina league in 2019, he still is the
youngest player in the league. Has shown the ability to miss
bats with both his fastball and changeup already, though his
curveball lags behind. With former key - physical development - now
occurring, harnessing command of his arsenal will be key for his
development. Addition of a cutter or slider might also help
generate more swings on pitches out of the zone. Will need to
continue to watch conditioning as he physically matures.
Scouting Scratch (10.4.16)
Notes from the Field (3.22.17)