Scouting Tyler Watson

Tyler Watson      LHP        Hagerstown Suns

Fastball (45/55)                 Curveball (40/45)              Changeup (50/55)

7-Word Scouting Report:       Potential Above-Average Fastball Changeup, Curveball Determines Ceiling

Over-slot 34th round pick in 2015, signed for $400,000 from an Arizona high school.  Listed as 6-5 200lbs, well-built frame with projection remaining in lower half.  Nearly 20 y/o with traditional 3/4s arm slot; repeats mechanics well both from windup and stretch, quiet motion into a waist-high leg lift, reasonable extension towards home.  Stays closed in delivery, hides the ball well both to lefties and righties.  Surprisingly polished for a teenager in Low-A, pounds the strike zone and works the sides of the plate; rarely misses in the hitter’s power zone, particularly impressive working the inner third to righties.

3-pitch repertoire – Fastball sits 88-90mph, T91 4x with natural cutting action and some sink, pounds the lower third of the strike zone; works both sides of the plate, particularly inside to righties.  Curveball (72-75mph) was inconsistent throughout, some lacked shape and were “spinners” while others showed some late bite into the strike zone – can locate for strikes, especially arm side.  Changeup (82-84mph) is his best present pitch, showing excellent arm speed and quality sink, will throw for strikes; impressive for Low-A.

Watson is a polished, high school lefty who shows impressive command of the strike zone and an advanced approach to attacking hitters.  Both his fastball and changeup are quality pitches and project as above-average future offerings.  Curveball currently lags, but he can spin the pitch and locate it for strikes – could be an average future pitch but more likely fringe-average.

The biggest risks in his profile are distance from the majors, the development of the breaking ball and the assumption he will add a tick or two of velocity as he matures.  Watson profiles as a back-end starting pitcher, with a ceiling of a #4 if the curveball significantly improves with development; medium floor, medium risk prospect.  Should spend much of 2017 in Hagerstown, and could reach the majors in 2020.