Simple and repeatable movements from rocker step to balance point; gets through the first half of delivery with ease and in exactly the same way every time; moderate effort from balance to finish; strong legs create hard drive toward plate, working downhill with good momentum; short stride with consistent foot strike in line with plate; above-average to plus arm speed; high 3/4 slot; ball comes out of the hand with ease; will fall hard to first base at times, particularly when amped up and trying to execute a big pitch; maintains consistent delivery in stretch; mixes looks with slide step in 1.32-1.38 range and small leg lift in 1.37-1.47 range; finishes well in both windup and stretch; strong mechanical profile with athleticism and consistency.
Erie SeaWolves (AA, Tigers)
55, #3 Starter
Easy velocity; sat 94-95 across outing; consistently reached 96-97 mph when he needed more; commanded well to glove side, working in to LHH with ease; had difficulty moving fastball to arm side; fastball was hit by LHH when he tried to work away as he missed spots and caught too much plate; showed ability to keep pitch in lower third of zone and elevated when necessary; arm slot, height, and ability to throw ball to lower third allows for strong angle to the plate; pitch has natural arm-side life that keeps it off the barrel; overall, command still developing; potential plus-plus pitch that can dominate hitters.
Flashed as devastating offering; threw in zone for a strike or out of strike zone for as a chase pitch; showed ability to move to both edges; excellent velocity; maintains arm speed well; same slot as fastball; exceptional depth with late movement; pitch has tight rotation and darts down and slightly away from RHH as it approaches plate; demonstrated willingness to throw in any count; extremely confident in pitch; gained feel for offering as start moved along; lack of consistency early was only negative during out; second potential plus-plus offering with swing-and-miss potential.
Inconsistent offering throughout viewing; missed consistently to arm side early in start; gained feel as game moved along and began to move east-west; matches fastball arm speed well; pitch has same angle to the plate as fastball; at best, offers steep tumble, diving away from the strike zone; overthrew pitch during outing and needs to improve overall feel for pitch; threw in all counts and avoided predictable use; flashed above-average potential and has legitimate chance to be average offering.
Strong, durable build; carries himself with confidence on the mound; aggressive with entire arsenal and showed willingness to challenge hitters; fastball and slider provide plus-plus duo that can torture hitters; changeup complements arsenal well and should provide average third pitch; must refine fastball command and improve consistent feel for secondaries throughout starts; potential workhorse starter that misses bats and contributes significantly to a championship caliber club.