right-hander with a mature frame. Sturdy lower half. No
from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the first base side of
the rubber. Medium leg kick. Stiff delivery. Arm hook behind.
Rocks back at his peak and then drops and drives as he comes
forward. Inconsistent timing with delivery leads him to pull off
with his front side. Average athlete, good arm speed.
Fastball: 93-95 mph. Tops out at 98 mph. Heavy,
generates a lot of weak contact on the ground. Throws strikes,
but command is below-average. Really struggles locating to the
glove side. Potential plus offering.
79-83 mph. Solid separation from fastball. Pitch shows late,
parachuting movement. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Has shown
bat-missing ability at the minor league level. Potential
mph. Hard, horizontal break. Primarily used to generate soft
contact against right-handed hitters. Potential average
Slider: 83-84 mph. Wasn't
incorporated much in outings scouted in 2021.
Notes: Signed as an
undrafted free agent by Oakland for a $500 bonus out of Division
II Newberry College in 2017. Was released the following April
before signing just over a week later with the Angels. Made it
to Double-A with that organization by early 2019 and pitched
well. Tore the UCL in his pitching arm in early 2020 but avoided
Tommy John surgery. Was released after the 2020 season was
cancelled due to covid-19 and it became clear he would need some
form of surgery. Underwent elbow surgery but was back throwing
off a mound by November 2020 and signed with the Red Sox as a
minor league free agent. Re-signed with the organization before
reaching free agency after the 2021 season, receiving an
invitation to Major League spring training. Participated in 2022
up-and-down major league depth reliever. Ceiling of a solid
middle reliever. Lacks late-inning upside due to command
profile, but could be a solid sixth-inning arm. Fastball and
changeup both project to at least above-average offerings, with
changeup showing true bat-missing ability. Cutter is more of a
pitch-to-contact offering at present, but if it improves, would
give him a third pitch that can miss bats.
Scouting Scratch (7.21.2021)
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