Physical Description: Sturdy
right-hander who has filled out considerably over the last few
years. Minimal remaining projection.
Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Medium leg kick. Long arm
action with lots of moving parts. Slight trunk twist before
coming forward. Arm action includes a stab-and-point in the
back. Effort in delivery. Repeats delivery well in short
outings, better than he did in longer outings as a starter.
Fastball: 96-98 mph. Tops out at 99 mph.
Control has improved and now grades as average-to-better.
Command is a work in progress, but is creeping towards
fringe-average. Velocity has increased in pro ball. Sat in the
low-mid-90s as a starter, but velocity jumped considerably after
moving to the bullpen. Potential plus-to-better offering with
84-87 mph. Best secondary pitch. Shows advanced feel for the
offering and a confidence to throw it both in and out of the
zone. Especially effective against left-handed hitters. Has
improved since he got into pro ball and provides a nice
compliment to his fastball. Still needs refinement and improved
consistency. Potential above-average offering.
Slider: 81-86 mph. Will vary shape and add or subtract
velocity from the pitch. Some have more vertical shape, while
others are more horizontal. Primary out pitch against
right-handed hitters, but has also shown the ability to bury it
down and in to left-handed hitters. Will flash similar potential
to his splitter, but does not have the same consistency.
Potential solid-average offering.
Career Notes: Velocity spiked during the
Conference tournament of his draft year and stock rose, leading
the Yankees to draft him in the 4th round. Named First Team
All-Conference in his sophomore and junior years at North
Florida. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Moved into the
bullpen for the last few weeks of the 2021 season and showed
intriguingly improved stuff. Continued to excel in that role
early in the 2022 season in Portland, earning a May promotion to
Worcester. Missed two weeks in late April/early May 2022 for
undisclosed non-baseball reasons.
Potential middle reliever. Ceiling of a late-inning relief arm.
Stuff has taken off since he moved to the bullpen in September
2021. In short bursts, his velocity has increased and his
secondaries have improved. Lacks a plus secondary pitch right
now, but has shown bat-missing ability with both splitter and
slider against minor league competition.
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