Build: Athletic frame; chiseled body with strong core; maxed frame.
Mechanics: 3/4 arm slot; plus arm speed; slight stab; less head whack and spine tilt than earlier in season; moderate effort; slightly inverted foot landing; delivery times ~1.40
Frederick Keys (High A, Orioles)
50; Set-up Arm
T95 twice; downhill plane; heavy offering at lower velo band; flattens at higher velo band; straight; works inside on hitters; move to bullpen could tick FB velo up a grade.
Replicates arm speed; hard tilt with sweeping action; strike-to-ball offering; works as his out pitch.
Replicates arm speed; get-me-over pitch; mild depth and spin; loses effectiveness after he has flashed it a few times.
Replicates arm speed; firm; lacks feel; 81 mph pitch was in the dirt; lacks deception and separation to be an effective offering.
Hess has cleaned up his mechanics since the beginning of the season, working more efficiently towards home and cutting out the excess movement in his head/front shoulder. The delivery still has some effort and he lacks an effective third pitch, limiting his overall role.
Round Drafted: Fifth round, 2014
Why: Advanced college arm with a four pitch arsenal; potential to stick as a starter; potential plus FB/SL work as a relief option.