Continuing the recent tradition of elite players repping Evergreen State baseball, Dylan Davis is…
MLB Draft Scouting Report: Dylan Davis
School: Redmond H.S. (Wash.)
Height: 6 feet
Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American
Davis is not your prototypical long, projectable high school righty. And, that's one of the biggest things keeping him from being among the elite few in the class. He's only around six feet tall and is already fairly filled out. His present stuff is already plus so it isn't a huge concern, but physically you aren't getting much more than what he is now.
In terms of delivery, Davis keeps things pretty simply and compact. He gathers well at his balance point and stays back over the rubber pretty consistently. The lower half gets involved pretty well also. Most importantly his delivery is methodical and free and easy.
The fastball is what put Davis on the map last June at the PG National. The Washington native works at 92-94 mph, and routinely can ratchet it up to 95-96 mph. He throws primarily a traditional four-seam fastball and gets good, riding life up in the zone. This is a 6 and potential 7 fastball that he has solid-average command of.
Earlier in the showcase season last summer Davis had been throwing a harder breaking ball with slider action at 80-82 mph. Later in the summer, he showed a better variation of a breaking ball. This one was an 11-5 curveball with sharp downward action at 75-78 mph. This breaking ball showed true plus potential.
He's mostly a two pitch pitcher at this point, but Davis' changeup showed good promise over the summer. He hasn't needed to go to it as much as an amateur so we'll have to wait and see how it translates in the pros. But, right now he works at 81-84 mph and shows decent fade to his arm side.
Davis is a classic high school power arm. He has the big velocity and a strong secondary pitch to go with it. He also has impressive, quiet mound demeanor and the beginnings of good command. What he lacks is prototypical size and consistency in a third pitch. So, a question will linger as to whether he's a starter long term. That question can't be answered, however, until we see how durable he can be or how that changeup comes along.
Draft Projection: Supplemental First Round
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