October 26, 2012
Scouting the Draft
High School Right-Handed Pitchers
Dustin Driver | RHP | Wenatchee HS (Wenatchee, WA)
The Basics: 6-foot-2, 210-pounds; right/right profile; draft day age 18y 8m; University of California - Los Angeles commit
Brings to the table: A sturdy build and easy, low maintenance mechanics. Driver spent most of the summer dealing a heavy low-90s fastball which he spotted to both sides of the plate. He shows comfort with a curve that can show 11-to-5 or 12-to-6 action depending on his release. His high three-quarters release gives him a good slot from which he could spin either a curve or a slider, though he currently only features the former.
Made a name for himself when: He spiked multiple 94 mph readings at the Area Code Games in August, after sitting primarily 90-92 throughout the summer. His ACG outing also saw Driver showcase both secondaries—his 77-78 mph curve and 82-83 mph change-up—as potential average or better offerings down the line.