Body: Has a stockier build, but it doesn’t seem to affect his energy throughout his start
Easy three-quarters delivery with minimal effort; finishes pointing at homeplate; compact and steady until the release; lacks jerky movements, clean throughout
Frederick Keys (High A, Orioles)
4/23/17 (5.0 IP)
50; No.4 starter
Sat at 93-95 in the 1st inning, sat at 91-93 in the rest of of the start; slightly above-average arm speed allows him to maintain velo well; Mostly straight with arm-side movement at times; hitters were frequently late on the pitch.
Potential average offering; went with the pitch in two-strike counts; has some movement down in the zone; His consistent delivery will cause some swings and misses when he plays the change off his fastball.
2/7 movement; doesn’t give away the pitch, has sharpness to it although, it doesn’t have elite-level late movement; Will be effective against both righties and lefties.
Was in the zone for most of the start, frequently attacked hitters high in the zone in two-strike counts; has the ability to get ahead early and can hit his spots with his offspeed offerings; not plus plus control, but his steady mechanics keeps his pitches from getting too wild.
Akin doesn’t have a build or the athleticism that jumps off the page, but everything else about him signals a future rotation piece. He offers polish more than pure stuff, though he could boast two plus pitches in time, in his low-to-mid-90s fastball, and his darting slider. The latter will require some refinement as there are outings when he struggles to put away hitters, and he runs up his pitch count. The change can flash parachute action and has room to grow into an average offering. He maintains his stuff well because of his clean mechanics and lack of effort in his delivery, which makes him a pretty safe bet to project as a starter moving forward.