tall, thick build; strong lower half; innings eater build; has the strength/size to withstand longevity of a season's length; small crossfire action; short arm action; high back elbow to quick small arm circle; small spin tilt and can get off balance; high effort delivery; landing point can become inconsistent; repeats arm slot well; hips and shoulders can become out of unison and front side opens early when commanding to glove side; has a feel for pitching, good pitchability; mixes pitches well (understands what is working).
Lynchburg Hillcats (High A, Braves)
55; no. 4 starter
works down in the zone; downhill plane; small arm-side life down in the zone; can flatten at higher velocity; below average pitch command with average control; struggled to command the pitch within the strike zone; held velocity well throughout outing.
With more command and consistent mechanics, trust the pitch will be a plus offering. Plus velocity band.
tight spin; hard bite with 11-5 shape; good depth in pitch; can get around and overthrow making pitch slurvy; trust the pitch (went to it for strike when FB command varied and for K pitch); will add/subtract to vary depth.
Showed ability to throw for strike/chase pitch; with added FB command within zone, pitch with play to true offering off of FB as strikeout pitch.
consistent arm speed/action as FB; arm-side fade with vertical action; commands well within zone and plays off of FB well; can get firm in upper velo band and lose true effectiveness; has feel for pitch; last piece to the arsenal.
Improved command/control within zone and consistent mechanics will let pitch play as a solid average.
Note: impressive move to 1B; plus athlete with quick feet and release; picked off 2 runners. 1.27-1.43 range to home from stretch.
Lucas Sims was having a few mechanical issues that were ironed out by game's end. That being said, he was still about to strikeout 9 over 7 innings while giving up just 1 unearned run. The stuff is very real and he has a chance to have 3 (2 plus) solid average offerings. I love his build and determination on the mound and he held his velocity well throughout the outing. I think he has all the making of an innings eating #3 starting pitcher and I trust him to hit that ceiling. There is still some polish needed with the FB command but he showed the ability to throw his other offerings for strikes when the FB was not there and that was a huge plus for me. The stats do not match the scouting but this kid has good raw stuff and I trust he will turn it around down the stretch this year.