Build: Projectable; lean build; all of 6’6”; broad shoulders and wide hips – plenty of room to add good weight and strength; premium athlete.
Mechanics: High ¾ slot; creates premium downhill angle/plane; balanced throughout; starts and lands on 1B side; hips and shoulders rotate in unison; small head whack at foot strike; frontside gets big and creates deception; back elbow can get high at times; quick arm and quick arm circle motion; reapeats arm slot well; keeps hips closed a while – slight crossfire; moderate effort; high leg kick; stays over front top at release; uses legs well; repeats overall delivery okay – struggles to repeat as outing wore on; 1.55-6 to plate from stretch; added strength will help with velocity and stamina.
Salem Red Sox (High A, Red Sox)
50: #4/5 SP
Present below average command; T92 3x in 5th; will get to average; downhill plane – changes eye level of hitters; natural lefty arm-side movement; with added strength, could see sitting velocity spike making it a true plus pitch.
Present below average command; T77 2x; will get to average command; 12/6 shape; depth and hard bite; replicates arm speed; inconsistent when throwing for chase pitch -- showed ability to throw a strike early in count; can get loose and under it in lower velocity band; improvement in command and velocity spike – will play solid avg.
Present below average command; T84 3x; will get to average command; replicates arm speed well; arm side fade; plays well off of fastball; has quality arm deception; showed ability to throw it down; will lose grip at times and miss high and away; improvement in fastball velocity and command – will play average.
Trey Ball was a two-way player in high school and started focusing on pitching once he got to pro ball. He has become more consistent with his delivery and arm slot this year and I can see his command eventually getting to average. Ball has a really quick arm and a projectable body. I foresee a sitting velocity increase as he fills out and gains good strength. That will allow his FB/CB/CH combo all to play up along with having average command. Overall, Ball is a long way away but has the tools and ingredients to become a backend of the rotation starter.
Drafted: 2013 1st round, 7th overall
Why: Athletic two-way player; good raw stuff on the mound; premium athlete