Physical Description: Athletic
frame with some remaining projection. Looks bigger than listed.
Average lower half, medium build.
Throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, starting on
the third base side of the rubber. Takes two small steps before
a medium leg kick. Drives towards the plate with a big stride
and gets plus extension. Left leg kicks up on follow-through,
can tend to fall off towards third base post-delivery. Quick,
compact arm action. Slight arm hook with some effort behind.
Doesn’t consistently finish delivery and can lose release point
Fastball: 90-94 mph. Tops out
at 95 mph. Works all over the zone. Command needs work.
Especially to the glove side. Much more comfortable locating
arm-side at present. May have over-relied on his fastball in
Changeup: 80-82 mph. Pitch
shows late fade down and away from right-handed hitters. Thrown
with deceptive arm speed. Will throw in any count. Inconsistent
with his release of the pitch at times. Has improved
significantly since he joined the org. Potential average pitch.
Curveball: 73-75 mph. Deep, 1-to-7 break.
Has some feel for spin, but doesn’t consistently get over the
ball. When he does, shows the ability to land it for a strike or
backdoor it. Potential average pitch.
Slider: 81-83 mph. More horizontal with shorter
break. Pitch is tighter than his curveball. Potential
Career Notes: Not
drafted out of high school, but was recruited by several top
Division I colleges in California. Played for Brewster in the
Cape Cod League in 2018, struggling with control issues. Had a
fairly impressive junior season at San Diego, despite walking
more than 6 batters per 9 innings. His selection was strongly
advocated for by then-pitching crosschecker Chris Mears. Cut
down on walks dramatically after signing, apparently immediately
fixing the one issue the kept him from being drafted earlier,
reportedly thanks to minor mechanical tweaks. Participated in
Fall Instructional League in 2019.
Ceiling of a back-end starter with an intriguing four-pitch mix.
Needs to show drastic improvement in his control after signing
was legitimate to stick as a starter. Misses a lot of bats, but
pitch counts may prevent him from going deep into games. Could
also develop into a high-leverage reliever if starting doesn’t
State of the System: Low Minors Pitchers (4.2.20)
Scouting Report Update (8.12.2020)