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Austin Franklin

Born: 10/02/1997 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 215
Tall with a thick lower half, little projection left; semi windup, above-average arm speed, three-quarters arm slot, some head whack on foot strike, will get offline, falls off to 1B side, mild effort in delivery.
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 08/15/2018
Affiliate Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low A, Rays)
Dates Seen 7/9/18
OFP 45
MLB ETA 2021
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 55 92-94 94 Heavy with some late life, works low in the zone but can miss bats when elevated; Will play above-average with improved command.
CB 60 78-80 80 Current average offering but has potential to be a true out-pitch. 12-6 movement, has depth, will bury down and away to right handed hitters; Struggles at times with consistency of release point, will hang a few when not right.
CH 40 85-86 86 Currently below-average, lacked feel, only a handful shown in my look.

Rays' third-round pick from 2016, Franklin is tall with classic build of a starter. However, with his current limited arsenal a future move out of a starting role is likely. The delivery features good downward plane giving the fastball some late life. Short relief stints should also make the velo tick up a notch making the pitch above average. Pairing that with a curve that has a potential of missing bats give Franklin a profile of later inning bullpen arm.

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