big, physical frame; all of listed 6’5” 235; delivery comes with effort; hip/shoulder rotations are in unison and on time; arm comes through clean and fast from traditional ¾ arm slot; generates easy velocity from longer arm action; stayed over front knee and on top of pitches; stays tall through delivery creating good downhill plane.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A, Cubs)
50; late innings reliever
heavy pitch with downhill plane; late arm-side life; broke a bat with it; ball jumps out of his hand; command was a little loose but showed good control; didn’t miss spots by much; wasn’t trying to nibble, just looked like he was just missing with his stuff; held velo in both starts; could see it play to plus-plus with improved command and added strength could increase sitting velo band.
hammer; great 11-5 shape; two-plane snapping break; hard vertical action; showed good depth and bite; strikeout pitch; will throw for a strike and strikeout pitch.
late, sharp break; comes out just like FB and then darts late; worked this to get inside to LHH, away to RHH; will throw for a strike on any part of the plate in any count.
Knapp is a very interesting story and is an extremely intriguing guy. The command is presently below average but remember this is a guy who hasn’t pitched in pro ball since 2010. I think it will get to at least average to solid-average with more reps. I really think if he can stay healthy he can move through the system fast. He’s 23 so it’s not like he’s extremely old and the clock is ticking. The main thing with him is health and it always will be. He’s a strong physical kid so I trust his body to hold up. It's all about building the strength to be able to maintain the velo and stuff for back-to-back or more days. It's big boy, power stuff that could profile as a closer but the question is whether he can do it for a full season and often. The plan is to keep him in relief and I think Knapp could reach that potential.