Quiet from start to finish; very simple; repeatable; stays tight throughout; good balance at the top; will show a deep knee bend on the drive leg but maintains angle most of the time; lift leg stays tight to body, helping balance and repeatability; arm is quick and loose and stays with rest of body throughout; gets caught a little short out front at times, not finishing pitches; shows aptitude for correcting delivery on the fly; finishes square and prepared to field; strong overall mechanical profile.
Bowie Baysox (AA, Orioles)
No. 3 starter
Fastball, Velocity: 90-93 (T94); consistent 91-93 through first four innings; velo dipped to 90-91 starting in fifth inning. Pounded the strike zone; consistently moved ball to both sides; worked ladder as well; left ball up when he didn’t extend out front; projects for plus command on the back of mechanical simplicity/repeatability and early feel for moving FB around the zone. Lacks significant movement but isn’t true either; FB showed more life later in start as velo dipped; will rely on angle and command more than natural life. Some physical projection remaining and as such, some FB projection; should sit in upper velocity register at physical peak; overall fastball profile is robust with velocity, command, angle, life, etc.
Changeup, Velocity: 83-84 (T85); consistent velocity throughout start. Arm-side fade was consistently present; occasional sink, particularly when thrown in 82-83 mph range; movement keeps pitch off barrel. Confident in pitch; threw it in a variety of counts, including behind; good velo delta from FB; maintains arm speed; sells it very well; pitch plays well off FB; sets it up well but will pitch off CH at times; quality second pitch.
Slider, Velocity: 81-84 (T86), crisp in 83-84 mph range; tried to add and subtract but many in slower range (81-82) he got around the outside. Harder SL showed darting two-plane movement; shorter break when thrown harder but could miss bats; slower SL was looser and lacked tight spin; showed more sweeping 2-to-8 break when he got around it; much better overall movement when thrown harder. Struggled with feel early in start; rotation and overall quality improved throughout outing; can move around and outside the zone; showed several above average versions and a couple with plus grades; inconsistent feel for offering.
Broad profile; potential for three above average or better pitches; FB-CH can be excellent combo; SL flashes disguise and could be a very good complimentary offering; tremendous feel for the craft at a young age; knows what he’s doing and why he’s doing it; polished despite age; limited physical projection remaining; doesn’t need substantial grade jumps to reach ceiling; command profile is strong with likelihood of at least average command, if not better; quality mid-rotation arm.