Little life, fairly straight, plays below velo, barreled when left over plate, won’t throw by MLB hitters often, driven when elevated, needs to locate to be effective, flashed above-average command to both sides
Possessed tumble/w fade, throws on FB plane. Soild arm speed, hitters were frequently out in front, plays at put-away offering right now. Worked low with consistency.
11/5 shape, flashed above-average bite. Fringy depth, inconsistent break, fairly tight, hung at times. Mild-to-moderate late action, keeps mechanics/arm speed, can be tough to square. Flashed command, below-average feel at present.
Puckett is a developed 22-year-old starter who brings little projection to the table. His fastball plays down from its low-90s velo because of his inability to throw it by hitters. His change acts as a plus put-away offering when he gets to two-strike counts. The curve is fringy, too, so the command needs to be there to both sides of the plate in order for Puckett to remain effective multiple times through an order. His fastball and lack of a quality breaking ball portend a potential move away from the rotation long-term, but he has good enough command and a good enough swing-and-miss change to realistically project to reach his ceiling of a back-end innings-eater.