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5th Round - David Hess - RHP - Tennessee Tech


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Friday night starter for Tennessee Tech this year that throws hard and may have a chance to continue working as a starter. He went 9-3 in 16 starts, pitched to a 3.24 ERA, and struck out 104 batters in 97.1 innings pitched.

Scouting notes from last summer courtesy of Perfect Game:

"With 77 strikeouts in 66 innings as a sophomore at Tennessee Tech, and 48 more in 38 innings for the Miners, Hess’ reputation as a strikeout pitcher is solidly entrenched. It’s just not clear whether his stuff, which essentially includes a 90-93 mph fastball that will sneak up to 95 on occasion, and hard slider, would be more effective as a starter, or in a short, end-of-game role. Generally, a pitcher with a two-pitch mix is cast as a reliever, but the stocky-built, 6-foot-2, 200-pound righthander was more effective on the summer working primarily as a starter, going 4-0, 1.89, while he assembled a 7-2, 3.84 record at the college level in the spring, making just five starts in 22 appearances. A strike thrower in any role, Hess walked just five in his 38 innings for the Miners, and was actually leading the Prospect League in strikeouts at the time he was asked to be shut down by the Tennessee Tech coaching staff. His ability to develop his changeup may be the critical factor in establishing his optimum role going forward, but Hess has plenty of ingredients for success in his powerful, athletic build, quick, explosive arm action and ability to attack the bottom the strike zone with resolve."

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Be awful nice if they'd draft someone who has an actual scouting report. BA ranks 267 and you need to be a member to read the report.

BA report:

After pitching out of the bullpen his first two season, Hess has had a strong year while pitching in a hitter's haven. He has a quick arm and hides the ball well, with his 89-93 mph fastball jumping out of his hand, touching 96 at its best with armside run. His slider shows above-average potential but tends to get long with more lateral tilt than horizontal depth. His changeup gives him a viable three-pitch mix. The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder has an athletic build with some strength to his lower half. His size and high-effort delivery have scouts projecting him to end up in the bullpen long-term, though he has thrown strikes consistently (3.2 walks per nine in career with a 2.9 strikeout-walk ratio).
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Orioles&src=hash">#Orioles</a> 5th-rounder (151) David Hess got $280K, saving the team $40.5K. <a href="http://t.co/TGwLgLfq0v">http://t.co/TGwLgLfq0v</a></p>— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) <a href="
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