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Just curious, what is Britton's velocity? I read on some threads its low 90's to 95MPH, what 's true and is it recent?

Also, whats stopping him from being a top prospect?

I noticed he's not throwing alot innings per start, but it seems like alot of the O's top pitchers are averaging 4.5 to 5 innings. Plus, I am worried about his poor walk rate.

It is true that he has sat at 94-95, AVencil confirmed this after the report came out from Caleb Joseph, his catcher down there in Fredrick....The biggest thing that was keeping him from being a top prospect IMO was his velo that he improved which helps his K rate. He just now needs to keep performing as he has, keep up the K rate and he WILL be a top prospect. He is actually garnering some attention from diehard prospect followers. Many are well aware of him, as he continues to do as he has, he will definately make it to be a top 100 guy, maybe a top 50. On Projectprospect.com I made a remark on a thread about Spoone being injured and how it sucked because I expected huge things from him etc etc. Someone said to me somethign along the lines of "I wouldnt mind too much about Spoone being hurt, you have that guy Britton who is the same kind of pitcher, but should end up better". I am definately not gonna say who would be better/ higher ceiling, Spoone had arguably the most electric stuff of any of our pitchers, but I would be happy if Britton can do as he has and it may take away some of the saltiness I felt from losing Spoone.(Hopefully he comes back strong as Patton has)

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It is true that he has sat at 94-95, AVencil confirmed this after the report came out from Caleb Joseph, his catcher down there in Fredrick....The biggest thing that was keeping him from being a top prospect IMO was his velo that he improved which helps his K rate. He just now needs to keep performing as he has, keep up the K rate and he WILL be a top prospect. He is actually garnering some attention from diehard prospect followers. Many are well aware of him, as he continues to do as he has, he will definately make it to be a top 100 guy, maybe a top 50. On Projectprospect.com I made a remark on a thread about Spoone being injured and how it sucked because I expected huge things from him etc etc. Someone said to me somethign along the lines of "I wouldnt mind too much about Spoone being hurt, you have that guy Britton who is the same kind of pitcher, but should end up better". I am definately not gonna say who would be better/ higher ceiling, Spoone had arguably the most electric stuff of any of our pitchers, but I would be happy if Britton can do as he has and it may take away some of the saltiness I felt from losing Spoone.(Hopefully he comes back strong as Patton has)

Thanks for providing details and insight on Britton. Glad to hear his 95K fastball is legit and top 100 prospect future (we hope).

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No problem, the other big thing for Britton is also his change up. He has been developing it pretty well, it apparently has some good movement on it, but he needs to continue its progression. So by upping his velo, IMO it made his ceiling higher, but in order to achieve his ceiling, he needs to devlop that change to an above average pitch, I believe his slider is plus and his fastball has to be plus with it's velo/sink combination. IMO the walks should be a concern, but wont limit his ceiling as much as his change up devlopment will-with a plus change up, it plays up his other pitches and will make it easier for him to make it through the order 2 and 3 times. The change up is the most effective pitch in baseball-asside from the fastball-this is my opinion though of course.

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If you looked at last year's prospects rankings you would realize he is. Tony's order for the pitchers was Matsuz, Tilman, Arrieta, Spoone, Britton and then Erbe. He may not be mentioned much on TV and in the paper, but not many are sleeping on him on the OH.

It's true the Hangout is usually on top of things.

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Agreed. A lot of us saw some of the things we liked in Spoone - increasing K rates and a very high GB% - in Britton. So we've been paying attention.

If he starts to rein in his command, his future is looking very bright.

The change-up is also key.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Through six innings, Britton is in control of things:

6IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB and 6 K's

10 GB outs, 2 FB outs

Hopefully they let Zach go iout and start in the seventh, depending on pitch count (I unfortunately can't get the game on my laptop for whatever reason when the team's on the road)

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Through six innings, Britton is in control of things:

6IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB and 6 K's

10 GB outs, 2 FB outs

Hopefully they let Zach go iout and start in the seventh, depending on pitch count (I unfortunately can't get the game on my laptop for whatever reason when the team's on the road)

It's good to see him rebound well from Sunday's start.
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It's good to see him rebound well from Sunday's start.

I agree. I'm sure he's thrilled to finally get that first Carolina League win after his best outing of the season. Sunday's comeback came a little late for him to get the win in that game.

Great outing, the ERA's now down to 2.27, 38 K's to 19 BB's on the season through seven starts.

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