Keegan Akin LHP Frederick Keys
DOB: 4/1/95 Height: 6-0 Weight: 225lbs Bats: Left Throws: Left
Fastball (50/55) Slider (45/50) Changeup (40/45) Command (50/50+)
2nd round pick, 54th overall, by Baltimore in 2016, signed for $1,177,200 – 22y/o who is listed as 6-0 225lbs, well-built and stocky physique with little to no projection remaining. Akin throws from a high 3/4s arm slot and utilizes a waist-high or slightly above leg-lift; possesses a simple one-step movement into leg-lift and drives toward home, repeats mechanics well. Will occasionally lose balance toward second base, causing his arm to lag behind his lower half. Akin keeps his body slightly closed to lefties, allowing him to hide the baseball and deceive hitters. A very polished pitcher for High-A, Akin pounds the bottom of the strike zone, changes the batters’ eye level and sets up hitters.
3-pitch repertoire: Fastball (89-92mph, T93) shows good life at the upper velocity bands and can sink the pitch at lower velocities. Akin keeps the ball down in the zone, can both cut or sink it and locates it well inside to righties. Akin commands his fastball to all four quadrants and the pitch consistently shows some type of wiggle. Changeup (80-83mph) was inconsistent, as the pitch was rather mediocre early, but flashed good sink and arm-side fading action later in the outing. He will slow his arm speed on the poor offerings, but when he replicates the arm action, the pitch can be a fringe-average to average. The slider (81-83mph) was thrown only a few times but showed average potential. Akin threw his slider both in the zone for a strike and in the dirt as a chase pitch; can look slurvy at worst, needs repetitions to refine the offering.
Akin is an impressive and polished collegiate pitcher who looks advanced for High-A. He possesses a future above-average fastball, an easily repeatable delivery and the chance for average to above-average command. Unfortunately Akin lacks a plus offering or the projection remaining in his frame to believe his stuff could significantly improve. This leaves him with a relatively similar ceiling and floor, as Akin profiles as a major league arm, with the ceiling of a #5 back-end starting pitcher and the likely outcome being a long reliever and occasional spot starter. He is a low-to-medium risk prospect with a low-to-medium ceiling. Akin could see a promotion to Double-A later this summer and projects to be major league ready late in 2018 or 2019.