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Konnor Pilkington

Born: 09/12/1997 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 230
Mature body with sloped shoulders. Chest-high leg kick with high 3/4 release. Hides ball behind lower back, almost at upper leg before coming close to over-the-top release. Glove twitch pre-wind.
Evaluator Ben Spanier
Report Date 07/23/2019
Affiliate Winston-Salem Dash (High A, White Sox)
Dates Seen 6/26/19, 7/17/19
OFP 50
MLB ETA 2021
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 45 88-90 91 Mostly straight with occasional glove-side run or slight sink. Will need to command in all quadrants to be successful at higher levels, but especially inside to RHH to set up breaking and off-speed stuff. Could benefit from developing a true cutter to neutralize opposite-handed batters.
CV 55 77-80 84 Almost two distinct pitches; a 10-4/11-5 offering in the high-70s and a hard slider-like pitch at 83-84 mph that he uses almost like a cutter early in the count against RHH. He can throw the slower pitch for called strikes but is especially fond of using it as a put-away, burying it in the dirt or in the lower glove-side quadrant. Occasionally these two variations blend together in the low-80s.
CH 50 81-83 85 Uses relatively rarely. Has the potential to be an at-least average offering with some split action and dive. Not a lot of fade.

Pilkington has good secondaries and some pitchability, as he knows how add and subtract with his curve and alter its break as the situation dictates. The change is promising as well, though he could stand to use it more. This part of his arsenal will be vital to reaching his ceiling as a back-end starter, and the advanced nature of his breaking and off-speed stuff paired with his handedness seem to indicate a low-risk proposition. The fastball is suspect, however, and while the command is fine (even good) for his age and level, the velocity just isn't there. I've barely seen it in the lower-90s, let alone the 94-96 mph he had in college. Without plus command, he is probably a swingman or worse.

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