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    MLB Draft Only a Month Away

    by JOHN SHERIDAN, Mets Minors, Mets News
    3 May 2019

    The Major League Baseball draft begins one month from today on MLB Network with coverage beginning at 6:00 p.m. on June 3. The Mets have the 12th overall selection and a total bonus pool of $8,224,600. Rounds three through 10 will be on June 4 and rounds 11 through 40 on June 5, both days can be seen on MLB TV.

    In a previous mock by Baseball America, the outlet projected the New York Mets would select Kentucky left-handed pitcher Zack Thompson with the 12th overall pick of the draft. There appears to be momentum towards the Mets selecting Thompson as 2080 Sports also had the Mets selecting him in their mock draft. If they do draft him 2080 Sports projects the Mets will be adding a starter with four plus pitches:
    Thompson has bumped his game this spring, punching out 102 in just 71.2 innings while holding opponents to a .179 average – all while navigating a brutal SEC schedule. The lefty boasts a plus fastball backed up by a slider, curve and change that can all show as at least above-average offerings.

    Video Scout Baseball also has the Mets selecting Thompson in the upcoming draft. With Thompson, Video Scout Baseball sees a pitcher who may rise quickly through the Mets system. Overall, they believe, “Thompson’s got a very high ceiling if he can stay healthy, and if he can move up alongside the power righties in the current Mets rotation, he could be a very nice piece relatively quick.”

    While Baseball America, 2080 Sports, and Video Scout Baseball have the Mets drafting Thompson in their drafts, 247 Sports believes the Mets will pass on him, and Thompson will fall down to 25 where the Dodgers could select him. Instead of Thompson, 247 Sports believes the Mets may draft NC State shortstop Will Wilson or possibly Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers:
    It is nearly impossible to know what the Mets might do. We do know the GM was extremely focused on finding a long term catcher during the offseason and, when it did not develop, he added Wilson Ramos for two years. This is enough to make me strongly consider Langeliers here, but this feels a bit early for him. Instead, Wilson is a shortstop with average or above average tools across the board and high-level production in college. College shortstop always go early, especially ones that seem safe to stick there and have his level of production.

    Another interesting tidbit from 247 Sports is they have the Blue Jays possibly selecting West Virginia RHP Alex Manoah or Delbarton High School (Morristown, NJ) RHP Jack Leiter. Both pitchers have Mets ties as Manoah is the younger brother of former Mets prospect Erik Manoah. Leiter is the son of former Mets pitcher, and for that matter Blue Jays pitcher, Al Leiter.

    The Baseball America updated version of their mock picks has the Mets taking prep outfielder Corbin Carroll from Seattle.

    With the Major League draft beginning a month from today, we will see if the projections are right and the Mets select Thompson, or if the new Mets regime under Brodie Van Wagenen goes in a different and unexpected direction.

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      NCAA lefty long before he needs Tommy John surgery?


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        Mets Draft 3B Brett Baty In 1st Round
        3 Jun 2019 - 11:35 PM ET

        The Mets on Monday night selected Brett Baty, a power-hitting third baseman out of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, with the 12th overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
        Baty, 19, is 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds and bats left-handed. He hit .624 with 19 home runs this past season, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

        "I'm just so happy to be picked right now," Baty, who was in attendance at the draft in Secaucus, New Jersey, told MLB Network. "I'm thankful to get the invite to the draft, and I'm just so happy right now I can't even explain it."

        Here's what some online scouting reports were saying about Baty leading up to the draft.
        Baty possesses some of the best raw power in the 2019 Draft, the product of bat speed, strength and loft in his left-handed swing. He's also more of an advanced hitter than just a pure masher. A Texas recruit who would be eligible for the 2021 Draft as a sophomore, he makes repeated hard contact, isn't fooled by breaking pitches and doesn't get caught selling out for power.

        Perfect Game:
        Big and strong physical build, pretty mature physically. Left handed hitter, sets up with his hands close to his body, good flow into his swing, has lift out front, creates very good bat speed at times, pull and lift approach, drives off his back hip well, best when he gets extended through contact. 7.23 runner, has good footwork at third base with playable arm strength, balanced athletic actions. Bat is his tool.

        Last Word on Baseball:
        Brett Baty has a chance to develop into one of the better hitters in major league baseball. He already possesses amazing raw power which ranks among the best in the class. At age 19, he should only continue to develop that power as he gets older. Most power hitters struggle with making contact, but Baty has an impressive hit tool with the ability to drive the ball to all portions of the field.

        With the 53rd overall pick, in the second round, the Mets selected another Texas high schooler -- right-handed pitcher Josh Wolf of St. Thomas High in Houston.

        The Baltimore Orioles selected Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the first overall pick. With the 30th overall pick, the Yankees selected Anthony Volpe, a shortstop from Delbarton High School in Morristown, New Jersey.

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          2019 Mets draft profile: Brett Baty

          With their first selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Brett Baty, a third baseman from Texas.

          by SYEVE SYPA; @SteveSypa
          3 Jun 2019, 10:18 PM EDT

          Born: Spicewood, Texas
          Age: 19 (11/13/1999)
          Height/Weight: 6’3”/210 lbs.
          Position: 3B
          Bats/Throws: L/R
          School: Lake Travis High School (Austin, Texas)

          Entering Lake Travis High School, Baty was a three-sport star, playing football, basketball, and baseball. Despite the fact that coaches across Texas were able to eventually envision him playing college football on a Division I team, he decided to drop football in his sophomore year, instead focusing on just basketball and baseball. While not as good playing hoops than he was either on the gridiron or on the diamond, Baty wasn’t half bad of a basketball player. Appearing in 72 games for the Cavaliers, he averaged 9 points per game, 2 assists per game, 5 rebounds per game, and one steal per game. Even though the Lake Travis High School basketball team regularly won and made regionals during his time on the team, and the fact that his father was the coach, Baty eventually decided to focus on baseball alone.

          In his first T-ball at-bat as a youngster, Brett Baty hit a home run, and likewise, in his first year on the varsity baseball team, the left-hander was extremely impressive. That year, 2016, he hit .392/.468/.554 in 28 games, walking 11 times, striking out 4 times, slugging 1 home run, and 2 bases in 2 attempts. He hit well in his sophomore year, and in his junior year, in addition to hitting .435/.622/.953 in with 12 home runs and also spent significant time on the mound, posting a 1.35 ERA over 33.1 innings, allowing 16 hits, walking 13, and striking out 38. As good as Baty was in prior seasons, he really kicked things up a notch in 2019, his senior season. Helping lead the Cavaliers to a 37-4 record and the Class 6A regional tournament, Baty appeared in 37 games through draft day and is hitting .615/.736/1.333 with 44 walks, 9 strikeouts, 19 home runs, and 10 stolen bases. In addition, he spent time on the mound once again, posting a 0.84 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched, allowing 19 hits, walking 12, and striking out 79.

          Of note, Baty is old for a prep player. At 19-and-a-half, he is five months older than the next notable prep player in the 2019 MLB Draft, and is older than even some college freshman. As is the case with many young athletes, Baty was held back a year; in his case, he stayed back a year in fifth grade at Spicewood Elementary School where his mother, Leslie, was principal.

          At the plate, Baty has a wide base, and sets his hands up with his hands close to his body. He has a small leg kick and stride, and the ball jumps off his bat, regularly registering exit velocities of 100+ MPH. His swing is smooth and easy, generating power through a combination of his own raw strength, his quick bat, and the torque from his lower half. He has a natural feel for hitting and is able to use the entire field, really driving the ball. Center and Left-center is his power alley, and Baty is able to hit majestic home runs when his arms are able to get fully extended. He has a good eye, with an advanced recognition of breaking pitches, and comes to the plate with a plan. He is able to work the count, fouling away pitches, taking close ones, laying off borderline pitches, and generally dueling with the pitcher to get into a favorable count.

          Defensively, Baty is currently capable third baseman. He is an athletic 6’3”, 210-pounds, possessing the body of the prototypical slugging third baseman. His strongest asset there is his arm, which grades out as well above-average and capable of hitting 90 MPH. His mobility is something of a concern, as he is lacking quick-twitch muscle. He is slow to react, his footwork is subpar, and he is unable to quickly range on fast plays, resulting in him not being able to get to every ball hit to him at the hot corner. Evaluators have concern that he will eventually be forced to move off of third base, either to first base or possibly left or right field, though his below-average speed will be of concern in the outfield as well.

          Baty has a commitment to the University of Texas.

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            Mets select Josh Wolf with 53rd overall pick in draft
            In the second round, the Mets tabbed a power right-handed pitcher out of high school.

            By ROBERT WOLFF; @WolffRR
            4 Jun 2019, 12:16 AM EDT

            Born: Bellaire, Texas
            Age: 18 (9/01/2000)
            Height/Weight: 6’2”/165 lbs.
            Position: RHP
            Bats/Throws: R/R
            School: St. Thomas High School (Houston, Texas)

            With their second round selection in the 2019 MLB Draft—the 53rd pick overall—the New York Mets selected right-handed pitcher Josh Wolf, out of St. Thomas High School in Texas. Wolf was viewed by some as a potential late first round pick, and was ranked the 36th overall prospect by, 54th overall by Baseball America.

            Wolf has a commitment to Texas A&M, but it is believed that he could be bought out of it. Wolf improved mightily this year, with a fastball which previously sat around 90 mph bumping up to 92 and maxing out at 97 this year. Wolf already has a good 12-6 curveball, giving the prepster two projectable pitches to go along with a changeup in development. At 6’2” and 185 pounds, scouts believe he has room to grow.

            Following the Mets’ first round selection of fellow Texas prep star Brett Baty, it would seem the team is focusing on going with more high risk, high reward options in an effort to build up a somewhat stripped farm system. The Baty selection could save a bit of money if the team needs to go overslot to buy out Wolf, or the team may revert to form and opt for safer picks in the next few rounds.

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              Some are suggesting that Baty's stats are padded because he s 19.5 yrs old playing against younger competition


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                There's been a lot said about his age but many evaluate him as a superior power hitter with a good tool set. It'll be interesting to keep an eye on him as he adjusts to professionals.


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                  Apparently it's a common thing parents now do with athletic ability children. And I thought I was old at 18.5.
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                  • Brian Stark
                    Brian Stark commented
                    Editing a comment
                    He was held back in fifth grade, apparently.

                    Not an athletic choice at all, his mother was an administrator who was transferring.

                    Anyway, as good as his offense appeared to be, how much of that was the fact that he was a year (or more) older than the competition?

                    We'll see.

                    Last edited by Brian Stark; 04-Jun-2019, 06:04 PM.

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                  2019 Mets draft profile: Matthew Allan

                  With their third selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Matthew Allan, a right-handed pitcher from Florida.

                  by STEVE SYPA; @SteveSypa
                  4 Jun 2019, 1:32 PM EDT

                  Born: Stanford, Florida Age: 18 (4/17/2001)
                  Height/Weight: 6’3”/210 lbs.
                  Position: RHP
                  Bats/Throws: R/R
                  School: Seminole High School (Stanford, Florida)

                  While not an unknown coming into the 2018 season, Matthew Allan wasn’t exactly at the top of the draft boards. Thanks to a strong showcase on the summer circuit, his stock has massive helium and Allan is considered among the best prep pitchers in the 2019 MLB Draft class. Allan has been a big reason the Seminoles reached the Florida regionals for first time since 2001.

                  The right-hander throws from a three-quarters arm slot, incorporating a big leg lift. His mechanics are loose, low effort, and repeatable, though some evaluators have expressed concern that his arm action in the back may be leading to the control problems he periodically exhibits. At 6’3”, 210 lbs., Allan has a durable pitching frame, rarely showing fatigue or stamina problems while on the mound.

                  Allan possesses a plus fastball, sitting in the mid-90s and topping out as high as 97 MPH. He is able to command the pitch well, working in the upper and lower halves of the strike zone with it. While the pitch does not have much run, he throws with downward plane, giving the pitch some sink. He complements his fastball with a power 12-6 curveball that sits around 80 MPH and is considered a plus pitch. He is able to throw the pitch for strikes and out of the zone to get batters fishing, working arm and glove side. In addition, he throws a low-to-mid-80s changeup, but the pitch is firm and still in development.

                  Allan has a commitment to the University of Florida.

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                    2019 Mets draft profile: Jake Mangum

                    With their fourth selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Jake Mangum, a center fielder from Mississippi.

                    STEVE SYPA; @SteveSypa
                    4 Jun 2019, 2:16 PM EDT

                    Born: Pearl, Mississippi
                    Age: 23 (03/08/96)
                    Height/Weight: 6’1”/180 lbs.
                    Position: CF
                    Bats/Throws: S/L
                    School: Mississippi State University

                    Jake Mangum comes from a long line of athletes. His grandfather, John Mangum, was a defensive tackle for the Boston Patriots from 1966-1967. His father, John Mangum Jr. was a defensive back for the Chicago Bears from 1990-1998. His uncle, Kris Mangum, was a tight end for the Carolina Panthers from 1997-2006. Jake did not follow in the family business, instead playing the national pastime. Excelling on the field at Jackson Preparatory School, he chose MSU over Ole Miss, Auburn and Alabama and hit .408/.458/.510 in 62 games as a freshman, winning 2016 SEC Freshman of the Year and being named to the First All-SEC Team. He experienced something of a sophomore slump in 2017 but still hit a solid .324/.380/.385 in 65 games, being named to the Second All-SEC Team. The New York Yankees drafted him in the 30th round of the draft that year, but he turned them down, choosing to return to Mississippi State University. In his junior year, he hit .353/.432/.484. The New York Mets drafted him, but once again, he turned down going pro, citing unfinished business at Mississippi State and an unhappiness about where he was drafted and the amount of money he would be offered. Returning to school for his final season, the outfielder hit .375/.427/.490 in 56 games before super regional play.

                    A switch hitter, Mangum uses a contact-oriented approach to slash the ball around the field. While it limits his in-game power- though he has improved in this regard, hitting more doubles in his junior and senior seasons- he makes up for it with his speed. Indeed, his speed is his best tool, earning plus and even plus-plus grades by scouts and evaluators. He is still learning how to make it translate on the base paths, but the number of bases he has stolen and the times he has been caught has steadily improved over the years. He is aggressive at the plate, but like the stolen bases, has improved on working deeper counts and drawing walks.

                    In the outfield, Mangum is an average defender. He has plenty of range in center field thanks to his excellent speed, but his routes are still unrefined. With better route taking, he could be a future above-average defensive center fielder. He possesses a strong arm as well, throwing a few innings for Mississippi State in 2017.

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                      2019 Mets draft profile: Nathan Jones

                      With their fifth selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Nathan Jones, a right-handed pitcher from Louisiana.

                      STEVE SYPA; @SteveSypa
                      4 Jun 2019, 3:24 PM EDT

                      Born: Shreveport, Louisiana
                      Age: 22 (01/06/97)
                      Height/Weight: 6’1”/200 lbs.
                      Position: RHP
                      Bats/Throws: R/R
                      School: Northwestern State (Natchitoches, Louisiana)

                      Nathan Jones was a three-time letterman at Loyola College Prep High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. In his senior year there, he won All-District, All-City, and All-State honors, hitting .309 and posting a 2.76 ERA in 66 innings pitched, striking out 80. He received a last minute offer to attend Northwestern State University that summer, initially intending on heading to Louisiana State University Shreveport, and headed to become a Devil instead.

                      In his first year there, he tied the team lead in appearances, with 21, and led the team with 5 saves, earning the closer role early in the season. All in all, he posted a 3.10 ERA in 40.2 innings, allowing 28 hits, walking 12, and striking out 21. In 2017, his sophomore year, Jones was transitioned into the starting rotation, spending most of the season as Northwestern’s Friday night starter. He posted a 4.86 ERA in 83.0 innings pitched, a team high. He allowed 82 hits, walked 31, and struck out 50, a team high. In 2018, his 16 starts tied for team lead, while his 103.0 innings pitched rank ninth most in school history in a single season. Moved from being the Friday starter to the Sunday starter midway through the year, he posted a 3.84 ERA, allowing 112 hits, walking 25, and striking out 72. After going undrafted in his junior year, Jones returned to Northwestern for his senior year. Appearing in 14 games for the Devils, he posted a 2.78 ERA in 81.0 innings, allowing 60 hits, walking 25, and striking out 80.

                      Jones throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, with a big leg kick that helps impart deception in his pitches. His fastball sits in the low-90s, topping out as high as 94 MPH. In addition, he throws a fringe-to-average curve that sits in the mid-70s and a fringe changeup that sits in the high-70s. A hard worker, Jones is considered mature, and is able to get past adversity quickly.

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                        2019 Mets draft profile: Zach Ashford

                        With their sixth selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Zach Ashford, a center fielder from California.

                        STEVE SYPA; @SteveSypa
                        4 Jun 2019, 4:09 PM EDT

                        Born: Clovis, California
                        Age: 22 (2/09/97)
                        Height/Weight: 5’10”/180 lbs.
                        Position: CF
                        Bats/Throws: L/R
                        School: California State University, Fresno (Fresno, California)

                        Zach Ashford was a three-year letterman at Buchanan High School in his native Clovis, California. In his senior year, Buchanan went 29-4 and won the Central Section Division I championship and Ashford had an extremely productive year, hitting .378 with 27 stolen bases, winning various awards and being named to a variety of honorary teams. After graduating, he honored his commitment to Fresno State.

                        He appeared in 49 games for the Bulldogs in his freshman year and hit a respectable .316/.402/.360. That summer, he played for the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League and hit .327/.434/.365 in 57 games. The gains he made playing there carried over into his sophomore year at Fresno, and the outfielder hit .316/.398/.424 in 57 games. He went back to the Express that summer as well and hit .301/.424/.393 in 61 games. In 2018, he earned Second-Team All-Mountain West honors with his .352/.406/.489 batting line. Having gone undrafted, he played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League that summer and hit .314/.405/.350 in 41 games. Returning to Fresno for his senior year, Ashford hit .386/.496/.543 in 52 games through the NCAA regionals.

                        At the plate, Ashford has his hands high and has a balanced stance. He swings with a toe tap and lacks a stride with a short, quick stroke. His swing path is direct, leading to line groundball or drive contact to all fields. His above-average speed is his loudest tool and it works well in conjunction with his ability to hit for average, allowing him to beat out groundballs for hits. He gets aggressive at times, trying to do too much, but he has a good eye and understanding of the strike zone, taking walks and keeping strikeouts limited.

                        Ashford takes advantage of that speed in the outfield as well. His above-average speed lets him cover plenty of grass in center. He is extremely good with the glove, committing a single error in his entire four-year career at Fresno State.
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                          2019 Mets draft profile: Luke Ritter

                          With their seventh selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Luke Ritter, a second baseman from Kansas.

                          STEVE SYPA; @SteveSypa
                          4 Jun 2019, 4:48 PM EDT

                          Born: Overland Park, Kansas
                          Age: 22 (2/15/97)
                          Height/Weight: 6’0”/190 lbs.
                          Position: 2B
                          Bats/Throws: R/R
                          School: Wichita State University (Wichita, Kansas)

                          Luke Ritter was a multisport star at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He lettered three times in football and twice in baseball. As a junior, he earned All-District honors with a .377 average, and as a senior, won All-State and All-District honors with a .473 batting average. He honored his commitment to Wichita State, and in his freshman year hit .272/.372/.373 in 43 games, 28 at second base, 10 in left field, three at third base and two as the Shockers’ DH. He experienced something of a sophomore slump in 2017, hitting .223/.348/.349 in 55 games. He regrouped that summer, playing for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League and hitting .353/.443/.500 in 37 games.

                          Returning to Wichita State for the 2018 season, Ritter took his gains with him. He appeared in 55 games and hit a career-best .341/.420/.484, hitting six home runs and stealing six bases. His performance led to the Minnesota Twins drafting him with their 37th round pick, the 1114th overall pick, but the utilityman elected to return to Wichita for his senior season instead of signing with them. He earned All-Conference honors in 2019, hitting .336/.458/.555 in all 59 games the Shockers played. His nine home runs and twelve stolen bases were career bests.

                          At the plate, Ritter has a balanced stance, with a small stride. He is quick to the ball with a short swing, driving line drives around the field. At 6’, 190-pounds, Ritter has a bit of home run power to his pull side, but how much more power he may develop is dependent on how much, if at all, his body continues to mature. He has a good understanding of the strike zone, taking walks and not striking out much. Indeed, for his entire collegiate career at Wichita, Ritter has nearly a 1:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His speed is below-average, but he has good instincts on the base paths, allowing him to take extra bases on hits and to steal the occasional base.

                          Defensively, Ritter was used as a utility man for most of his career. Over the course of his four years at Wichita State, he spent time at second base, third base, shortstop, and left field. He profiles best at second base, as his arm strength grades out as average.

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                            2019 Mets draft profile: Connor Wollersheim

                            With their eighth selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Connor Wollersheim, a left-handed pitcher from Wisconsin.

                            STEVE SYPA; @SteveSypa
                            4 Jun 2019, 5:28 PM EDT

                            Born: Neenah, Wisconsin
                            Age: 22 (5/18/97)
                            Height/Weight: 6’2”/205 lbs.
                            Position: LHP
                            Bats/Throws: L/L
                            School: Kent State University (Kent, Ohio)

                            Connor Wollersheim stood out while playing for Appleton North High School, posting a cumulative 1.59 ERA in 132.1 innings there, punching out 193 batters, but he was especially good in his senior year. Earning All-District, All-Area, and All-Conference honors, he posted a 0.73 ERA in 42.0 innings, striking out 64. He had a commitment to Kent State University and honored it, debuting for the Golden Flashes in 2016.

                            In his freshman year, he started eight games and appeared in ten total, posting a 3.10 ERA in 40.2 innings, allowing 43 hits, walking 21, and striking out 25. He played for the La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League that summer, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30.0 innings, allowing 35 hits, walking 15, and striking out 31. Returning to Kent State for his sophomore year, Wollersheim pitched 50.2 total innings, starting four games and pitching out of the bullpen in twelve. He posted a 3.91 ERA, allowing 47 hits, walking 23, and striking out 46. He returned to the Northwoods League that summer, this time pitching for the Green Bay Bullfrogs, where he posted a 2.44 ERA in 55.1 innings, allowing 46 hits, walking 24, and striking out 56. In 2018, his junior year, the southpaw posted a 4.02 ERA in 56.0 innings, allowing 47 hits, walking 18, and striking out 44. He played in the Cape Cod League that summer, pitching a single inning for the Bourne Braves before returning to Kent State for his senior year. Pitching as a bona fide starter for the first time in his collegiate career, Wollersheim posted a 4.04 ERA in 78.0 innings, allowing 73 hits, walking 36, and striking out a career high 90.

                            Wollersheim throws from a three-quarters arm slot, his release point lower than most three-quarters pitchers because of the drop-and-drive elements in his delivery. His arm action behind the back has a little bit of stab but is free of potential injury red flags. His arm speed is below average, and the southpaw has a slingy delivery as a result.

                            His fastball sits in the high-80s-to-low-90s, generally hovering around 90 MPH. It has some sink as it comes to the plate, but the left-hander often lacks the ability to command it, preventing him from taking advantage of that natural sinking movement. He complements the pitch with a slurvy slider and a better formed curveball. The slider sits in the mid-70s, while the curveball sits in the low-70s. Both pitches lack bite and depth, and are used primarily to change batters’ eye levels, steal strikes when they are thrown unexpectedly in counts where breaking balls are risky, and to set up his fastball.

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