Athletic, classic starter's build, projection left for upper-body muscle and mass; semi-windup, easy motion, limited effort; high three-quarters arm slot, above-average arm speed, clean action, repeatable delivery; calm demeanor, does not get rattled
Four-seam fastball, currently sits 92-93 and touches 95, projected increase in velocity as body develops; straight and heavy, gets good downward plane, holds velocity; potential plus command, along with velo increase can play pitch up to plus-plus at peak
11-5 shape, late break, mainly ball-to-strike at present, keeps it in the zone, consistent arm speed replication
Signed over-slot as a competitive balance pick in 2016, Lawson already has the look of a starting pitcher. Tall, athletic, and still growing, he is an imposing figure on the mound. He already touches 95 with a heavy four-seam fastball, there is potential for an uptick in velocity as the body continues to add muscle. The curve has good 11-5 shape with late break. It looks to become a plus offering as he learns to bury it out of the zone. He did not show a third pitch in either start. It's an easy, repeatable delivery that teases plus command potential. There's a baseline to develop into an innings-eating No. 3 starter if he can add a third pitch, with projection as a back-end starter or valuable reliever with a big fastball if he fails to develop the arsenal.