Tall, high-waisted athlete; easy delivery, elite arm speed, high three-quarter slot; mild rock and fire, long stride, hard drive, still head, delivery slows just before stride and then re-accelerates, clean foot strike; slow in the stretch, regularly 1.5-plus
Eugene Emeralds (Short Season, Cubs)
60; mid-rotation starter or backend reliever
Below average movement with modest late wiggle; command at present is poor; elite velocity, has touched and sat higher in the past
11-5 break, long trajectory with hard spin; fringy command, solid command down, good arm speed replication
Cease has one of the best fastballs in the minor leagues, and even if his command only ticks up to fringe-average, he'll be able to start in the big leagues. More than command or the development of his off-speed pitches - he only showed a glimpse of a firm changeup - durability may be his chief concern. He's had Tommy John surgery in the past, and the track record of pitchers who exceeded 100 mph in their teens is notoriously poor. That said, Cease has elite arm strength, and previous reports suggest he's been more consistent with his curve in the past. Provided he develops into a consistent strike thrower with those two pitches, he has the tools to become a mid-rotation starter or elite reliever. Extreme-risk, extreme-reward player.