T96 4x; extreme armside run; heavy movement from a low arm slot provides deception; hitters have trouble barreling offering; command is inconsistent and will need tightening; continued repitition will help improve command.
Short and tight break; replicates arm speed; deceptive; command and release points are highly inconsistent; hitters are chasing but better competition will lay off more regularly; improvements in release points will improve command slightly.
Mild fade; replicates arm speed; lacks feel but is able to turn the pitch over and keep it out of the zone; command and release points are very inconsistent; could see slight improvement but the offering is likely a reserve pitch to throw against LHH to keep them off-balanced.
Givens played shortstop for the first three seasons of his professional career. He was converted to a pitcher full-time during the 2013 season.
The development of Givens has been far from linear. I have seen him pitch every season since his conversion, and the progression this season has been notable. He has cleaned the mechanics, and is repeating his delivery better. The command is much improved, which leads me to believe he can be a late-inning arm in the majors if there is more consistency. The stuff is hard to barrel, and Givens is efficient in keeping hitters uncomfortable and unbalanced.
Round Drafted: 2nd Round, 2009
Why: Raw two-way player that displays tools and athletcism with a big arm; potential to work as a power pitcher or develop into an everyday shortstop.