Near ideal pitcher’s frame. Long limbs with a base that could add weight in future. Moves around very well. 3/4 arm slot, arm is loose and relaxed, leads with front hip very well. Momentum is nice and controlled. Repeats delivery extremely well. Bullpen dirt was clean following warmups indicating a consistent landing position with his front foot. Only two areas of concern in delivery are a tendency to throw across his body and late (albeit small) jerk of his head to the first base side. Doesn’t use a slide step but holds runners well and mixes his timing. Can get greedy for movement and lower his arm slot for offspeed pitches on occasion. Smoldering intensity on the mound. Doesn’t get flustered by errors or bad umpires. Works extremely quick.
Ball explodes out of hand. Can work all quadrants of the zone. More precise when working to his arm side. Comes in with late movement to his arm side except when he decides to cut his fastball. Cut fastball was a killer but is in an organization that frowns on this pitch. Holds velo in stretch and late into game. May see a slight velocity improvement in time.
Hard curveball featuring tight spin and vertical drop. Has no problem dropping it in for a strike or using a chase pitch later in at bat. Plenty of confidence in this pitch. With runners on base he won’t shy away from the breaking ball. Movement is good but not extreme. Seems to break early out of his hand but doesn’t have a “hump” and give pitch away. Movement is 5+ but utility of pitch will make it a true 6 offering.
Didn’t use this pitch until 3rd time through lineup. Spins hard out of his hand and fades to his arm side with enough sink to miss bats. Has no issue throwing pitch to righties and lefties. Great deception from ability to maintain armspeed. Pitch was much better than expected.
3+ pitches with clean mechanics, a great frame to build on, and a lethal mindset should carry Hunter to the highest level. Came away from the game very impressed but with one nagging issue. In a vaccum none of his pitches are monsters. Fastball is great but not elite. Improvement will come from better command and ability to manipulate (cut and sink) the ball as he pleases. Breaking ball is good but a bit of a tweener. Velocity of a slow slider and lacked the “fall of a table” break of a true curveball. Appeared to break early and only swings and misses came on pitches well out of the zone. Change up may turn out to be most useful offspeed pitch. Great deception and life to the pitch. Hunter will be a great pitcher who's stuff plays off each other for maximum effectiveness. Think Zach Greinke-lite.