MLB Draft Scouting Report: Michael Kelly

MLB Draft Scouting Report: Michael Kelly

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep righty, Michael Kelly.

Name: Michael Kelly
Position: Pitcher
School: West Boca H.S. (Fla.)
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 195
Bats/Throws: R/R


Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American

Michael Kelly, RHP, West Boca HS (Fla.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

Kelly is the very definition of the term projectable right-hander. He's the owner of an extra long, lanky frame. He has the long limbs scouts look for, and it's a frame that could pack on a great deal of muscle as he matures. Kelly is a solid athlete.

Mechanics

Everything works pretty smooth and easily for Kelly but there are some mistakes he makes mechanically. At his height, he needs to get out of the habit of dropping and driving. He collapses on his back leg and isn't getting back over the top. By doing so, he's losing all the downward plane his height and long limbs give him. And, he's also causing his pitches to flatten out and his sharpness and command suffers. He also shows he's not very comfortable from the stretch.

Fastball

You can dream on just how hard Kelly could throw someday. He sits currently at 91-94 mph, and reached 95-96 mph at AFLAC last summer. He's shown good command at times, but struggles with his mechanics at times. His velocity suffers in the stretch as sinks to 90-91 mph. The plane he's creating in his delivery will be a big factor in his fastball life as well

Curveball

When he's getting on top, Kelly's curvebll can be his best pitch. He gets 12-6 action with better than average depth at 75-77 mph. He's still hanging too many of them at this point, but he flashes some above average ones now and then.

Changeup

Kelly mixes quite a few changeups, even in showcase events, and has had a lot of success with it. Thrown at 77-81 mph, he gets some nice downward fade and some swings and misses.

Summation

There's a framework for three quality pitches for Kelly. But, he needs to get beyond some of these mechanical problems first. Getting in a professional system will get him some identity in his delivery, and when he gets a feel for his tall frame, he could possess dominant stuff.

Draft Projection: First Compensation round

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