Physical Description: Athletic
frame with some remaining projection. Looks bigger than listed.
Mechanics: 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 and mostly clean arm action.
Slight arm hook behind. Doesn’t consistently finish delivery and
can lose release point at times.
90-94 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Works all over the zone.
Struggled with control issues in college, but the organization
thinks those issues can be mitigated with some tweaks. May have
over-relied on his fastball in college.
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.
Curveball: 73-75 mph. Sweepy 1-7 break. Has
some feel for spin, but doesn’t consistently get over breaking
Slider: 81-83 mph. More horizontal with shorter
break. Pitch is tighter than his curveball.
Career Notes: Not drafted out of high school, but was
recruited by several top Division I colleges in California. Was
a Collegiate Freshman All-American his first year at San Diego.
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 43 batters in 61 innings. Participated in Fall Instructional League in 2019.
Summation: Ceiling of a back-end starter with
his intriguing four-pitch mix. Will really need to improve his
control to stick as a starter. Misses a lot of bats, but pitch
counts may be an issue that prevents him from going deep into
games. Could also develop into a high-leverage reliever if
starting doesn’t work out.
State of the System: Low Minors Pitchers (4.2.20)