Strong frame, durable, moderate athleticism and fluidity; deep hand break, slightly closed, shallow arm action, above-average arm speed; stays tall, uses frame to generate plane; cuts off lower half at finish, back leg fires through inconsistently; can get quick through early check points, deceleration at drive, some balance issues but generally repeats well; quiet determination on the hill, shows fire reacting to big plays, bears down in trouble; 1.25-1.34 home
Comes out 93-96 early, settles in at 92-95; above-average sink and plane, mild run, gets below barrels, ground ball pitch; not a ton of life to elevate, pitch will flatten up in the zone when he loses tempo; contol ahead of command, commands better to glove-side, comfortable working hard on inner-third to lefties
Better projection than slider, similar shape, hard with late action, tough to barrel; ground ball and weak opposite-field fly ball pitch, gets into left-handers' kitchens with it, will front door to righties
Inconsistent present offering; moderate feel, holds arm speed, mild fade with tumbling action when he gets on top; struggles to command and keep it down at present; arm speed and signs of feel suggest room for modest projection with greater consistency through repetition
Short break, limited swing-and-miss, action plays better with less vertical action at higher velocity.
2014 7th rounder, Tommy John surgery (2011). Oaks possesses a big body and sturdy frame, with average present control of a plus fastball and above-average cutter at the top of his arsenal. He shows an ability to generate some swing-and-miss with the fastballs, but lacks a quality bat-missing secondary. The cutter gives him a chance to stay off left-handed barrels, but his secondaries run into each other with below-average movement. He's consistently around the zone, though the command will waver and projects to average at best.
Oaks offers an innings-eating ceiling at the back of a rotation, with 11th- or 12th-man bullpen projection as a big fastball with ground ball tendencies if his secondary development stagnates.