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I've seen this kid ranked about 10th in various places, and usually 2nd best pitcher available. That said, I think he's a guy I'd be taking a long hard look at for #1 if I'm the O's.

He is a HS pitcher, which almost certainly knocks him down in Elias' eyes, but he also would likely sign significantly under slot. Plus, it goes without saying that the O's could use more arms in the system.

I love the profile though. Mid-upper 90's FB with room for growth. Elite changeup already. Working on curve/slider, but has value there. Room for physical projection. Great student. What's not to like? Well, I don't love his mechanics, but think a relatively minor tweak could make his delivery a little less violent.


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