By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
January 8, 2010
LSU likes its right-handers to be tall, lean, hard-throwing guys with Friday night stuff. Pro scouts like the same thing, but they call it No. 1 starter stuff. In the 2010 MLB Draft class, Colorado right-hander Kevin Gausman fits both criteria. If he gets to LSU, he should be an immediate contributor. If he signs after high school, he’ll become one of his new organization’s power arms for the future. Let the gamesmanship begin. Here’s what the scouting report says.
6-4, 185, RHP
Games 2, Innings: 5
(Grandview HS, Centennial, Colo.)
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Tall and medium build, narrow legs and larger hips, lean shoulders, whippy frame.
STRENGTHS: Two-seam FB 91-92, cut action on RHH, best weapon for me, pitch has projection. Four-seem, 94-97 FB, harder life at 94 lower in zone, flatter and vulnerable at 97. SL 84-89, hard secondary pitch, should be front line No. 2 pitch.
WEAKNESSES: FB command needs improvement to advance on pro side. Straight CH 87-89, little too hard. Sometimes opens front side and loses some extension; makes him more max-effort than his arm speed says he should be, both correctable.
SUMMARY: Highly projectable RH power arm with two above-average ML pitches in future. Desirable arm speed and arm action, durable frame, should be workhorse ML starter for years to come or front-line closer candidate.
Overall Future Potential (OFP): 56