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Keegan Akin

Born: 04/01/1995 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 225
Mechanics
Body: Has a stockier build, but it doesn’t seem to affect his energy throughout his start

Easy three-quarters delivery with minimal effort; finishes pointing at homeplate; compact and steady until the release; lacks jerky movements, clean throughout
Evaluator Greg Goldstein
Report Date 05/03/2017
Affiliate Frederick Keys (High A, Orioles)
Dates Seen 4/23/17 (5.0 IP)
OFP 55
Realistic 50; No.4 starter
MLB ETA 2018
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 60 91-93 95 Sat at 93-95 in the 1st inning, sat at 91-93 in the rest of of the start; slightly above-average arm speed allows him to maintain velo well; Mostly straight with arm-side movement at times; hitters were frequently late on the pitch.
Changeup 45 50 80-81 82 Potential average offering; went with the pitch in two-strike counts; has some movement down in the zone; His consistent delivery will cause some swings and misses when he plays the change off his fastball.
Slider 50 55 81-82 82 2/7 movement; doesn’t give away the pitch, has sharpness to it although, it doesn’t have elite-level late movement; Will be effective against both righties and lefties.
Control/Command 50 55     Was in the zone for most of the start, frequently attacked hitters high in the zone in two-strike counts; has the ability to get ahead early and can hit his spots with his offspeed offerings; not plus plus control, but his steady mechanics keeps his pitches from getting too wild.
Overall

Akin doesn’t have a build or the athleticism that jumps off the page, but everything else about him signals a future rotation piece. He offers polish more than pure stuff, though he could boast two plus pitches in time, in his low-to-mid-90s fastball, and his darting slider. The latter will require some refinement as there are outings when he struggles to put away hitters, and he runs up his pitch count. The change can flash parachute action and has room to grow into an average offering. He maintains his stuff well because of his clean mechanics and lack of effort in his delivery, which makes him a pretty safe bet to project as a starter moving forward.

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