20-80 Word Scouting Reports, MLB Draft 2017 Part 5

Previous entries in this series:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Now the fifth upload in a series of ??? uploads of scouting reports on players for the upcoming 2017 MLB Draft. Again, observations are a mix of my own and various scouting services:

Brendan McKay – LHP/1B/OF
6’2, 212
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 21.5
Junior at Louisville
Last drafted: 2014, 34th (San Diego)

A top ten pick in the draft for his pitching or his hitting. The question of course becomes: which? Scouts are more or less evenly split, as they see both a mid rotation starter and a high average/decent power first baseman. The other thing is, he’s not the best pitching prospect in the draft, and may not be the best hitting prospect either. The hope is that concentrating on one will change that calculus. But which one?


Sam Carlson – RHP
6’4, 208
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.6
Burnsville HS, MN
Commitment: Florida

Looks the part of a big leaguer already – tall, physical, almost menacing look on the mound. Menacing stuff to match. Has ticked up to 93-96 on a fastball with sink and command. Unlike many high schoolers, has a plus changeup presently. Sharp slider that projects as plus. Hides the ball well with low arm slot and slight crossfire at end of delivery. Delivery is very physical, but so is Carlson. His arm is low mileage, which is added bonus.


Jake Burger – 3B
6’2, 220
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 21.2
Junior at Missouri State
Last drafted: Never

Due to issues with lateral agility, probably moves to first as a pro, which puts onus on offense that much more. Moving off of third is not a consensus, though. Good news is, there’s lots of offense in there. Great bat speed, barrel control, and brute strength make swing work despite an arm bar in his swing load. Very quiet and patient at the plate. Athletic, though will have to keep on top of conditioning.


Tanner Houck – RHP
6’5, 215
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 20.11
Junior at Missouri
Last drafted: 2014, 12th (Toronto)

Wonky delivery. Huge arm wrap into an equally huge crossbody delivery from a low arm slot, and this from a 6’5 lanky dude. All of this action puts phenomenal run/sink on his fastball, which sits anywhere from 90 to 95. Said wonkiness also portends to command issues at times. Unfortunately, slider lags behind and changeup lags way behind. You’d have to expect pretty big improvement from at least one of those to expect Houck to stay as a starter.


Garrett Mitchell – OF
6’2, 200
B/T: L/R
Draft age: 18.9
Orange Lutheran HS, CA
Commitment: UCLA

If Mitchell didn’t have Type 1 diabetes, he gets drafted in the middle of the first round at worst. A team that takes a chance on him staying on top of his condition may be greatly rewarded at the value they’re getting . Tools, tools across the board. Scouts put 70-80 grade on his speed, he’s a very good defensive centerfielder, and he has above average raw bat speed and power. Getting swing to work is biggest issue, not diabetes.


Ryan Vilade – SS/3B
6’2, 190
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.3
Stillwater HS, OK
Commitment: Oklahoma State

Really like his swing, or the latest iteration of it. His dad is a pro hitting coach, so Vilade has grown up around a lot of great swings. He’s still tinkering with his. Does a great job using his lower half to generate plus raw power, though bat speed is maybe just a few ticks above average. Other plus tool is his arm, which will play well at third base, where he is likely moving to.


Luis Campusano – C
6’0, 195
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.8
Cross Creek HS, GA
Commitment: South Carolina

The polar opposite of fellow top high school catching prospect MJ Melendez in terms of body type. Campusano has dropped bad weight and put on the good stuff over the past year, but still has a thick lower half and is brick wall-ish behind the dish. He has a plus arm with pretty regular sub-2.0 pop times. Lateral movements getting better. He has above average pop in his bat but is still searching for stroke that produces consistent contact.


Jake Eder – LHP
6’4, 210
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 18.8
Atlantic HS, FL
Commitment: Vanderbilt

Eder has faded a bit down draft boards after an inconsistent spring. He’s a big, lanky kid with lots of arms and legs in his delivery, which can become inconsistent in a number of aspects. His biggest issue to me is wandering arm slot/release point. Cross body delivery doesn’t help command either. Fastball is plenty good when his mechanics are on, touching the mid 90s. His curveball could be plus, but changeup is embryonic. Eder’s a high upside/low floor project.


Daniel Cabrera – OF
6’1, 185
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 18.9
Parkview Baptist HS, LA
Commitment: LSU

Cabrera is a hit-first prospect who unfortunately may wind up with the dreaded “tweener” label. Make no mistake, though, the hit tool is one of the best in the high school class. Has phenomenal barrel control, plate awareness, and makes consistent loud contact. Line of demarcation will be whether power tool, which is regarded as average to a bit above, plays up. Limited to LF/1B due to below average speed. His arm is average.


Cole Turney – OF
6’1, 200
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 18.4
William B. Travis HS, TX
Commitment: TCU

The flip side of Cabrera above. Turney has at least plus raw power, and is an athletic outfielder that might stick in center, and has the arm to play right. The projection of his hit tool is what holds him back. A few scouts are bullish on him, but most see Turney as contact challenged presently, with pitch recognition issues and a busy swing.


20-80 Word Scouting Reports, MLB Draft 2017 Part 4

First, here are my previous entries in this series:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Now the fourth upload in a series of ??? uploads of scouting reports on players for the upcoming 2017 MLB Draft. Again, observations are a mix of my own and various scouting services:

Royce Lewis – SS/OF
6’2, 188
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.0
JSerra Catholic HS, CA
Commitment: UC Irvine

While many high schoolers taken in the first round have high ceiling/low floor potentials, Lewis is the odd duck that doesn’t have any particular weakness in his game that’d sink his floor too far. He’s generally regarded as having 50 or greater grades in each of the major tools, with only minor quibbling over his power potential. He’s likely to move to CF as a pro and his 70 grade speed should make it easy for him to shine there.


Seth Romero – LHP
6’3, 240
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 21.1
No School (was Junior at Houston)
Last drafted: Never

The good: a lefty with an easy 95 mph fastball, wipeout slider, and improving changeup. The bad: was kicked off the Houston club a few weeks ago due to an altercation and the culmination of many other issues. The question: how will teams evaluate the character issues? If they feel he can get right, he’s still a top 10 overall talent. If not? Someone’s going to get a good value, at least on the mound, later on.


Mark Vientos – SS/3B
6’4, 190
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 17.6
American Heritage HS, FL
Commitment: Miami

Talk to 10 different people about Vientos, you’re going to get 10 different opinions. Most agree bat could be special, and it sure looks like he generates great bat speed. Makes loud contact with loft when he connects. Some don’t like his swing due to arm bar, others love it. Average speed, but some say less. Probably moves off of shortstop, but some say not. Plus arm. Looks a bit like Jake Gatewood to me. Only 17 1/2 years old.

 


Corbin Martin – RHP
6’3, 200
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 21.5
Junior at Texas A&M
Last drafted: Never

Strong armed reliever turned starter midway through this season. Some effort in delivery, and some command and control issues at times. In relief, touches 98 with FB. As a starter, sits 91-94. Pitch has good run and at times, sink. Depending on the day, uses curve or slider as out pitch. Both are thrown in mid-80s, but there is good differential in shape. Both could work at next level. Changeup is promising. Unlike many college, not much wear and tear.


Brady McConnell – SS/2B
6’3, 185
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 19.0
Merritt Island HS, FL
Commitment: Florida

Tall, lean athlete with exceptional present speed, 70-75 on scouting scale. Will fill out, but has build, range, actions, and arm to stay at shortstop at least in the near term. Very quick wrists, hits from modest crouch with modest load. Can drive ball, but in-game power not there yet. Elvis Andrus production (not physical) profile offensively. Old for class, might be tough sign away from Florida, given he’ll be eligible for draft again in 2019 as a sophomore.


Jeter Downs – SS
6’3, 190
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.10
Pace HS, FL
Commitment: Miami

Named after Derek Jeter when Jeter was only in his third season as a Yankee – gutsy call by parents. Kind of a poor man’s Royce Lewis. Does everything well, but nothing as well as Lewis. Should hit, has a very nice swing and great bat to ball skill. Some loft in swing. Average to plus runner now, but will probably drop to average as he adds to frame. Arm is ok for shortstop, but many see him moving off.


Chris Seise – SS
6’3, 170
B/T: S/R
Draft age: 18.5
West Orange HS, FL
Commitment: UCF

Another in a string of 6’3ish high school shortstops. Not a tremendous defender, but arm is plus and is more likely to stay at short than some of the others. Needs to make adjustments at plate as he’s prone to chasing bad pitches. Good bat speed and has average power potential. Plus runner, 60-65 scouting grade. Will probably need a bit of development time and patience.


Jake Thompson – RHP
6’2, 205
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 22.8
Redshirt Junior at Oregon State
Last drafted: 2013, 34th round (Chicago)

Two-pitch fastball/slider combo. Fastball sits in low 90s with very good life, and can run up into the mid-90s in shorter bursts. Slider is a plus, strikeout pitch. Changeup is well behind other two pitches and effectiveness depends on fastball command. To that point, fastball command sometimes eludes Thompson due to movement on pitch and delivery. Delivery has some violence and might project better in bullpen. Turns 23 in a few months, should be easy sign.


Luis Gonzalez – OF
6’0, 185
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 21.9
Junior at New Mexico
Last drafted: Never

First and foremost, Gonzalez has great strike zone awareness, to the tune of 58 walks in 219 at-bats this season. That’s incredible. Speed is a tick above average. His batting profile while making contact isn’t overwhelming, but he has above average bat speed and line-drive gap power. He’s much more valuable if he can stick in CF due to lack of power. Definitely has enough arm, and probably enough instincts to do it.


Adam Hall – SS/2B
6’0, 165
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.0
AB Lucas Secondary (HS), ON
Commitment: Texas A&M

Rare Canadian middle infielder. Scouts don’t like his chances to stick at shortstop due to average arm and footwork issues. He’s an above average runner and has quick hands with good timing and some pop in his bat. Needs to get stronger and refine his swing. Much more valuable at short obviously, but would be great athlete to take a chance on at second or third.


20-80 Word Scouting Reports, MLB Draft 2017 Part 3

Round three of scouting reports on players for the upcoming 2017 MLB Draft. Again, observations are a mix of my own and various scouting services:

Kyle Wright – RHP
6’4, 220
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 21.8
Junior at Vanderbilt
Last drafted: Never

To borrow a WWE reference, if you could build a pitcher from the ground up, he would look like Kyle Wright. Tall, well-proportioned, quick/long arm, clean delivery (though with a bit of recoil at the end). FB sits in the low-mid 90s, has two above average to plus breaking pitches that are very differentiated, a slider and curve. Probably can develop a changeup. Command has been bugaboo. Below average early in year, but has improved and so have his results.


Austin Beck – OF
6’1, 190
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.6
North Davidson HS, NC
Commitment: North Carolina

Obligatory (and completely unfair) Mike Trout comp. I saw a Wil Myers comp that might be closer. It’s true has just about the highest ceiling of a position player in the draft, but most areas of his game still need to be refined, which makes his floor relatively low as well. Awesome bat speed with thud, but busy swing and trouble with breaking recognition. Plus speed, and really good arm but needs work on outfield routes. Possibly a tough sign.


Keston Hiura – OF/2B
6’0, 185
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 20.10
Junior at UC Irvine
Last drafted: Never

One of, and possibly the, best college bats in the class. Hit tool ranges from 55-70, depending on who you talk to. Power has similar, if a bit lower, range. Lets ball travel deep and has electric bat speed with good loft. Leg raise and decent load on swing means he’ll need to continue to progress on pitch recognition. Defensively limited to LF and 2B, with 2B only a maybe due to persistently injured throwing arm.


Shane Baz – RHP
6’3, 190
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 17.11
Concordia Lutheran HS, TX
Commitment: TCU

Another two-way prospect in a draft full of them. He’ll be drafted as a pitcher. Atypical Texas HS pitcher a bit in that he’ll be drafted for across the board stuff, not merely superior arm. Which is not to say he can’t throw hard, he can. Good arm strength and arm speed, with long extension to power 92-95+ mph FB that has life. Even more impressive, throws 4 distinct offspeed pitches: slider, cutter, curve, and change. All can be quality.


David Peterson – LHP
6’6, 240
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 21.9
Junior at Oregon
Last drafted: 2014, 28th (Boston)

Unlike many bigger pitchers, Peterson exhibits repeatable mechanics and usually strong command of a heavy 89-92 mph fastball. He also throws a slider and curve, and while neither of them are plus pitches, both are effective when spotted effectively. Has a good changeup he hasn’t used much. Does a great job driving pitches in on right handed batters. Excellent at sequencing.


Nick Allen – SS
5’9, 165
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.8
Francis W. Parker HS, CA
Commitment: Southern California

Yes, Allen is 5’9 with spikes on. Getting past that, there’s not much to not like about him. Glove at shortstop is double plus and he has above average arm strength to match. At the plate, he has more pop than you’d think, though it is of line drive quality and he probably won’t be a big home run threat in pro ball. Speed is somewhere between plus and double plus. Popular comp is Jose Altuve.


Tanner Burns – RHP
6’0, 205
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.5
Decatur HS, AL
Commitment: Auburn

Shorter, but not slight by any means. Similar physical profile to Brewers’ prospect Taylor Williams, though not similar mechanics. Repeats high 3/4 delivery with good arm strength and arm speed. Fastball sits 92-94, can touch 97. Very good curve that is throw quite firmly. Feel for changeup. Command should come.


Quentin Holmes – OF
6’2, 180
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 17.11
Monsignor McClancy Memorial HS, NY
Commitment: Mississippi State

Probably fastest player in draft, with an 80 marker on his speed. This speed also allows him to project as a plus to double plus center fielder, though the arm is just adequate. Has a lot of work to do in the batter’s box. He won’t need to hit a lot to provide value, and he probably never hits for much power either way, but he has to hit some. Whether he’s able to do that or not is TBD.


MJ Melendez – C
6’1, 175
B/T: L/R
Draft age: 18.6
Westminster Christian HS, FL
Commitment: Florida International

Has the tools to be a Gold Glove-caliber catcher. Great arm strength, and a quick twitch athlete who moves enviably well behind the dish. Also regarded as mature and a good on the field coach for his pitchers. Plus raw power and good bat speed but swing needs workl. High school catchers have a low success rate for panning out, so buyer beware.


Cal Mitchell – OF/1B
6’1, 190
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 18.3
Rancho Bernardo HS, CA
Commitment: San Diego

One of the best looking swings in the draft. When he’s right, can drive the ball to all fields. Not outstanding power potential, but if he maintains a high enough average, should be playable in LF/1B. He’s limited to those two positions due to below average arm strength and speed.


20-80 Word Scouting Reports, MLB Draft 2017 Part 2

Second batch of scouting reports on players for the upcoming 2017 MLB Draft. Again, observations are a mix of my own and various scouting services:

Hunter Greene – RHP/SS
6’4, 205
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 17.10
Notre Dame HS, CA
Commitment: UCLA

Consensus top high school player in draft. Two way talent. Very athletic. Near unanimous thought is he’ll be pitcher as a pro. Throws 95-99 about as easily as one could, and it has good life to boot. Breaking balls are inconsistent and he’ll need to pick one as a pro. Changeup is little used and will need work as well. Should have plus command eventually. Taking a huge risk by not drafting him, if you have a chance.


Logan Warmoth – SS/2B
6’0, 190
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 21.9
Junior at North Carolina
Last drafted: Never

Short, compact stroke from right side of plate allows him to take pitches, especially pitches on inner half, to all fields. Power is decent for middle infielder, though will not be a trademark at the pro level. Some scouts think he can stick at shortstop, but arm and agility seem to suggest a move to second. Value diminishes at second, but he would be premium defender there with a good bat.


Alex Lange – RHP
6’4, 200
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 21.8
Junior at Louisiana State
Last drafted: Never

Big, intimidating presence on the mound with a violent over the top delivery and head whack. Throws two fastballs (2-seam with sink and straight 4-seam that runs up to 94, and which he tends to overthrow) and two curveballs (a hammer and a slower get-me-over). The hammer curve is one of better curves in draft. Not much of a changeup. Some see reliever due to delivery, command issues, and two-pitch mix.


Wil Crowe – RHP
6’2, 250
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 22.9
Redshirt Junior at South Carolina
Previously drafted: 2016, 21st round (Cleveland)

Primary pitch is a sinking 2-seam fastball that sits 91-93 and can be pushed up to 97. Good plane from high arm angle. Used to induce weak contact more than to get swing and miss. Curveball can be good strikeout pitch, thrown in high 70s. Changeup has made progress this year, but still lags. That pitch will be key to letting him remain as a starter at pro level. Command generally there. Older prospect due to TJ surgery in 2015.


Tristan Beck – RHP
6’4, 165
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 20.11
Sophomore at Stanford
Last drafted: 2015, 34th round (Milwaukee)

Has missed all of the season with lower back stress fracture, though it is unclear how injured he is as of draft time. When’s he pitching, has a sinking fastball at 91-94. Could still be extra velocity in skinny frame. Changeup and curveball both flash plus at times. Command generally good. Very smart. Will have to prove lower back injury won’t impact durability long term.


Cole Brannen – OF
6’1, 190
B/T: L/R
Draft age: 18.10
The Westfield Schools HS, GA
Commitment: Georgia Southern

Athletic, potential five tool centerfielder. Best tool is speed, which has grades from 70-80, depending on the scout. Made even better by leaving box from left side. Has a quick swing, short swing path, and good barrel control. Uses all fields. Good fit for centerfield given on base prowess and emerging power. His power is only possible below average tool. Arm is fine for center. Very nice all around package.


Kevin Merrell – 2B/SS/OF
6’1, 180
B/T: L/R
Draft age: 21.5
Junior at South Florida
Last drafted: Never

Up the middle burner. Plays shortstop right now, played second last year, could play center next year. Top of scale speed, one of the fastest players in the country. Knows his game is not power, goes to all fields. Strong enough gap hitter to not get bat knocked out of his hands. Arm is not electric, but it works at short.


Michael Mercado – RHP
6’4, 160
R/R
Draft age: 17.11
Westview HS, CA
Commitment: Stanford

Commitment to Stanford thought to be strong – could be a tough sign. Tristen Beck starter kit. Tall, lanky, with a good curveball and command of 2- and 4-seam fastballs. Former at 90-93, latter at 88-90. Room for velocity growth. Throws slider that flashes plus. Unusually good command for his age. Not yet 18.


Daniel Tillo – LHP
6’5, 215
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 20.11
Sophomore at Iowa Western CC
Last drafted: 2015, 39th round (Minnesota)

Inexperienced and raw arm will need plenty of minor league seasoning, but he has about as much upside as any left handed pitcher in the draft. Nice 3/4 delivery, ball comes out easily. Good sink on fastball that sits 92-96, and has a slider that might end up being plus as well. There is hope for a changeup, but he hasn’t used it much. Command comes and goes but that seems to be more about reps.


Jeremiah Estrada – RHP
6’1, 185
B/T: S/R
Draft age: 18.7
Palm Desert HS, CA
Commitment: UCLA

Undersized but athletic righty whose stuff has gone the wrong way since last summer. At best, fastball is 91-94 and he compliments it with a great changeup and solid curveball. All three pitches have been inconsistent this spring. Energy noted as being low. Still should be high pick given how he was pitching a year ago.


20-80 Word Scouting Reports, MLB Draft 2017 Part 1

Welcome to 20-80 word scouting reports, which are scouting reports of 20-80 words. In this case, for players in the upcoming 2017 MLB Draft. Observations are a mix of my own and various scouting services. Right to it:

MacKenzie Gore – LHP
6’2, 170
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 18.3
Whiteville HS, NC
Commitment: East Carolina

Extraordinarily polished for his age. Strike thrower, plus command. Can manipulate low 90s fastball with both cut and armside run. Fastball touches 96-97 but sits lower and lacks plane due to delivery. Delivery includes 80 grade leg kick. Three impressive secondaries: plus mid-70s curveball, potential plus low 80s change, and above average low-mid 80s slider. Keeps fastball velocity and feel for secondaries deep into outings. Minor worry about how mechanics will age given flexibility needed. Good hitter.


DL Hall – LHP
6’2, 170
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 18.8
Valdosta HS, GA
Commitment: Florida State

Common Scott Kazmir comp. Shorter but not small lefty with athletic build well equipped to handle his physical delivery. Probably best curve in draft class, thrown in high 70s with late break and great depth. Fastball not too shabby either, with velocity up to 97, and sits 91-94. Fastball straight but driven down well. Improving changeup that needs reps. Plus command potential, but arm wanders through slots at times and he has a slight cross body delivery.


Adam Haseley – OF/LHP
6’1, 185
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 21.1
Junior at Virginia
Last drafted: Never

Two-way player who will be drafted as a hitter. Top of scale hand speed with the bat. Can drive balls to all fields. Swing is a bit unorthodox and he has to make concerted effort to lift ball at contact in order to drive it out. Some question about how power will translate to wood. Probably can stick in CF, but won’t be special there defensively. Good outfield arm. Above average underway speed.


Heliot Ramos – OF
6’2, 185
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 17.9
Alfonso Casta Martinez HS, PR
Commitment: Florida International

Some see him as a five tool talent, others question whether he’ll be able to hit. Raw power and speed are both plus. Athletic. With work and reps, speed should allow him to stay in CF. Arm is good if not always accurate. Loose wrists help make loud contact, but a neophyte when it comes to pitch recognition and swing consistency. Need lots of projection to see success with swing. Bat speed is there, if he can make it work. Not yet 18.


Evan White – 1B/OF
6’3, 177
B/T: R/L
Draft age: 21.2
Junior at Kentucky
Last drafted: Never

Athletic and lanky with a flat swing plane but great bat speed and projects to be a high average hitter at the next level. Works the count. The rare backwards bat/throw profile. If he threw righty, could play anywhere on diamond. Plays first at a 70 level, Gold Glove caliber. Probably plus corner OF as well, with a good arm. Could even be a CF. Plus speed regardless of position. Power is single big (and it’s a big) question mark.


Brendon Little – LHP
6’2, 195
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 20.10
Sophomore at State JC of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Previously drafted: 2015, 36th round (San Francisco)

Intriguing arm from left side. Based on stuff alone, a solid first rounder. Fastball is 92-95+, usually with good life and plane. Curveball is also plus, a true hammer thrown from high 3/4 arm slot. Changeup is somewhat nascent, but projects as average. Main issue is command, and even control. Short stride in delivery causes both to short-circuit at times. Many scouts think he’s a reliever due to delivery. Misses bats either way.


Jacob Heatherly – LHP
6’3, 200
B/T: L/L
Draft age: 19.0
Cullman HS, AL
Commitment: Alabama

A lot of Braxton Garrett comps. A delivery about as simple as it gets – looks like he’s playing catch. Athletic pitcher whose calling card needs to be command. Fastball is solid at 90-93, but doesn’t have a lot of movement beyond a little sink. High 70s curveball flashes plus but has been inconsistent. Has not needed to throw a changeup much, but that will change. Good hitter. Physically mature. Will be 19 on draft day. Could be fast riser.


Hagen Danner – RHP/C
6’2, 195
B/T: R/R
Draft age: 18.8
Huntington Beach HS, CA
Commitment: UCLA

Two-way prospect who teams are split on as to a position. As a catcher, he has an arm touching double plus and moves well behind the dish. At the plate, there are question marks regarding pull-heavy nature of swing, though he has at least average raw power. As a pitcher, throws 90-94 and spots fastball well, though he catches too much of the plate at times. Curveball and change both flash plus. Some durability worries.


Alex Scherff – RHP
6’4, 205
B/T: S/R
Draft age: 19.4
Colleyville Heritage HS, TX
Commitment: Texas A&M

Workhorse build. Fastball jumped in velocity after he lost 40 pounds. Heavy fastball sits in the middle 90s, touching 98. But changeup is even more impressive, arguably best in class. It’s thrown with same arm slot/arm speed as fastball, and thrown with conviction. Breaking ball hasn’t been needed in games and needs work. Command can be iffy due to stiffness and short stride in delivery. Some see him as a power reliever due to this. Very old for class.


Jacob Pearson – OF
6’0, 195
B/T: L/R
Draft age: 19.0
West Monroe HS, LA
Commitment: LSU

Shorter, but strong, physical, high energy player whose only major fault is a well below average arm in the outfield. There’s some question as to whether he’ll stick in center field, and he’ll be limited to left field or first base if he can’t. Good bat to ball skills and improved swing have lead to projection for at least average power. Above average to plus runner. Old for class.