Short, solid muscular build; three-quarter slot, inconsistent mechanics, significant head whack; velocity generated by whip in upper body, quick to the plate, occasionally falls off to first-base side; doesn’t use his lower half, arm-strength delivery, elite arm speed
45; No. 5 Starter/Swingman
High-90s offering plays down at present due to lack of movement, inconsistent command; 94-96 early, velocity dropped off after 50 pitches, better life at 91-93 in later innings, needs command and movement to play up to the velo
Hard slider plays well off fastball, command below-average, lost it to his glove side multiple times; 86-88 (t90) early, better shape and movement at 81-83 later in the game, more bite and vertical action at lower velocity
Shares velocity band with breaking ball; ,ell below-average command, struggled to turn over, lost to his arm side several times; abandoned it in middle innings
Bukauskas has incredible physical tools, but his inability to harness them results in inconsistent performance. He showed some of the tools that have pushed him into top-10 consideration – his fastball topped out at 98 twice, and both secondaries flashed excellent movement. He struggled to command all three pitches, however, and fought to find consistent mechanics early on.
He displayed superior command and better movement on his breaking ball in particular with lower velocity deeper in the start. All five strikeouts came after his 65th pitch, with a breaking ball that looks more like a slurve than a power slider. If a team can get Bukauskas to engage his lower half through his delivery, there’s a chance he could maintain his higher velocity with the command he flashed at 92-94 mph.