September 17, 1994
5th round, 2016; 32nd round, 2013 by KC
School: Gloucester Catholic (NJ)
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Description: Sturdy, filled-out pitchers frame. Looks listed
height and weight. Doesn’t have much projection left. Solid lower half
that looks like it could withstand a starter’s workload.
Mechanics: Throws from a low-three quarters arm slot, starting on
the third base side of the rubber. Significant amount of effort in his
delivery. Loud pre-pitch with pitching hand constantly moving by his side
as he gets the sign. Brings glove up high to his face then down and back
up without using a full wind-up. Effort starts when he brings his arm back
and raises the elbows of his pitching arm and lead arm high, then drops
and drives, slinging the ball from a low arm slot. Delivery puts a
significant amount of stress on his arm and shoulder. Delivery is tough on
right-handed hitters due to low arm slot and position on rubber.
Fastball: 91-93 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Pitch has late
arm-side run and sink. When he keeps the pitch down in the zone, leads to
a lot of weak contact on the ground. Solid control, still working on being
able to consistently command the pitch. Potential plus offering,
especially in a bullpen role where fastball velocity could tick up in
Slider: 79-82 mph. Slurvy pitch
with 10-to-4 break. Shape varies at times, but usually horizontal and
lacks tilt. Tough pitch to throw given his arm slot. Doesn’t consistently
snap off, easy to get on the side of the pitch. Potential above-average
Changeup: 82-85 mph. Late fade, throws
with deceptive arm speed. Has shown the ability to turn the pitch over.
Will be a key pitch for development going forward to get left-handed
hitters out. Potential average offering.
Was seen as a potential first-round pick after a strong sophomore season,
but struggled with injuries during his junior year and saw his draft stock
take a hit. Signed for $262,000 over slot, a significant amount for the
fifth round. Participated in 2016 Fall Instructional League. Nicknamed
“The Unicorn” in college.
Summation: Profiles best
in a bullpen role. Could be valuable as a swingman, long-relief type
capable of coming in the fifth or sixth inning and throwing two to three
innings should he end up in the bullpen. Ceiling of a back-end starter.
Has the potential for three at least average pitches with fastball and
slider showing more potential. Strong makeup and work ethic. Combination
of effort in delivery and arm slot point towards long-term bullpen role,
but will be developed as a starter. Changeup development will be key to
sticking as a starter as a pitch best suited to get out left-handed