Very fluid and athletic delivery; extremely loose; Teheran-like arm action; easy release; controls long arms; good consistency in three-quarter slot; good balance and timing; long stride; has some deception with high front-side and low ball pickup (below the waist); some drag, but arm is very fast; can over-rotate and fall off to first base side; looks clean.
Lexington Legends (Low A, Royals)
No. 2 Starter
Fastball is easy plus offering; love the arm speed and ease of release; achieves excellent extension; really releases out front and pulls down on the ball; routinely works 92-95; have seen 98 (ball) and several strikes at 97 mph; can manipulate movement; normally arm-side with some sink; have seen fastball with natural glove-side cut; command is okay; lives loose; will open up and miss glove-side up; comfortable with the pitch and has strike-throwing ability.
Changeup is fantastic pitch; already major-league quality; confidence and comfort; stays in fastball tempo; arm speed on pitch allows for deception; works 80-83 mph; plus action; arm-side fade and good sink; will throw in any count to any hitter; can miss barrels and disrupt timing (weak contact/fouls); feel for the pitch you can’t teach.
Curveball is a tease; can show depth and tight rotation; have seen offering anywhere from 74-80; can get loopy at 74-75; exaggerated hump in the break; easier to pick up but still difficult for lower-level hitters to adjust to plane; better offering at 78-80, with more depth and intensity in vertical dive; can flash above-average; not consistent; shaky offering; hard to tell if it’s a legit future offering at the highest level.
Will throw a slider; have not seen pitch in game action; only FB/CH/CB; looks the part of a pitcher; might have some projection left, but lower half is thicker in ST than it was during FIL; big culo; more length than height suggests; overall command profile is below average at present; potential to be average or slightly better; shows some balls on the mound; has something that just stands out; domination factor; pitches with an edge.
Simple, easy delivery; really smooth arm action; great extension; fastball is lively and loose; routinely sits plus and has worked 94-96 without max effort; very real arm strength; changeup is major-league name pitch; could end up a 7; the overall feel and confidence of pitch pushes it up; curveball can flash but might not be the breaking ball he ends up with; he can spin it and make it work now, but hard to see it becoming true plus weapon. Overall profile is very strong and could emerge as premier arm in the system. In four looks, I’ve been impressed four times. On the rise.