High-waisted, lanky frame, projection left; inconsistent delivery, upper-half will get angular and rotational, strays off line; high-three-quarters slot, moderate crossfire, has trouble clearing front shoulder, will fly open; hard drive, flashes ability to get downhill; 1.34-1.41 from stretch.
Downhill plane with natural cut; plays fairly straight, heavy pitch, some late life up in the zone; command comes and goes, projects to be a consistent issue; potential to grow into additional velocity, command/control issues cause raw grade to play down.
Big depth, 11/5 shape, quality horizontal action; tight pitch with some snap to it, showed ball-to-strike utility, works as a chaser; signals it sometimes, some flattened out in zone.
Sporadic usage in this start; arm speed synced pretty well, firm with some vertical drop; below-average velocity separation, potential to miss regardless, projects fringe-average utility.
Lawson has a great starting pitcher’s build, but his upper-half mechanics will determine if he can access his stuff going forward. Only 20, his development will come down to FB command and the consistency of getting down the mound on-line. The fastball-curve combo bodes well for his future success, but he's going to require a long development path. He’s still raw, but already shows flashes of what he’ll have to do to contribute at the major league level.