November 25, 1993
2nd round, 2013 ; 2nd round 2012 by NYM
College: Seminole State (OK)
School: Fort Worth
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Solid pitcher's build with room for
growth. Good athlete. On the thin side at present. Will be able to add
strength without sacrificing athleticism.
Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Uses a drop-and-drive delivery with
a stab behind. Loose arm. Controlled, repeatable delivery. Has some
trouble pitching downhill. Good timing in delivery, arm comes through in
sync with body. Rhythmic delivery. Can lose his arm slot and release
Fastball: 90-92 mph. Has topped out at 95
mph in the past. Pitch is on the straight side and hitters seem to get a
good look at it. Average potential. Average command, but above-average
control. Throws strikes, doesnít walk many hitters.
Slider: 81-84 mph. Inconsistent. At its best will show tilt and
tight break. 10-to-4 movement. Has feel for pitch. Confident throwing it
in any count. Can miss bats. Average potential.
Changeup: 84-86 mph. Throws with similar arm speed to his
fastball. Shows fade on some occasions, sink on others. Effective when he
finishes the pitch and buries it down in the zone. Fringe-average
Curveball: 74-76 mph. 11-to-5 break.
Flashes tight rotation and depth, but inconsistent. On the loose side
generally. Doesnít always finish the pitch and snap it off. Can throw to
steal strikes, but more of a pitch to keep hitters honest and show them
something different. Below-average potential.
Notes: Originally agreed to a $1.1-million signing bonus, but
eventually signed for $915,000 when his physical revealed that he had been
born without a right pectoral muscle. Lack of this muscle does not
adversely affect him on the mound at all, however.
Summation: Potential to be an emergency spot starter or long
relief type. Wonít be flashy, but will throw strikes and utilize
four-pitch mix to get outs. If command doesnít improve and secondary
pitches donít develop, will have to move to the bullpen. Lacks an
above-average offering, which limits upside. Fastball and slider
combination shows most potential. Understands how to pitch. Strong makeup.