Layne Henderson Scouting Report — RHP, Houston Astros

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Prospect: Layne Henderson
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Organization: Houston Astros
Height/Weight: 6’4”, 200 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Age/DOB: 22 (June 8, 1996)
Acquired/Hometown: Round 30 (2018), HOU


May, 2018 — Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Division II, PacWest Conference)
Selected in the 30th round (912) of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros out of Azusa Pacific University … Quite a bit going on mechanically; max effort guy who hides the ball very well and then comes out at three-quarters release point, but variable landing spots and release points contribute to an adventure out on the mound at times. Mechanics are, frankly, a mess; steps way off line at points and provides max effort look that’s not sustainable in anything more than a short role; herky jerky arm action without feel for low-effort repeatable delivery may eventually push Layne Henderson towards a bullpen role with the Houston Astros; command problems arise from mechanical issues … Sat 86-92 with the fastball in my look (predominantly 87-89), and paired it with a 76-80 changeup, a 68-72 curveball, and a 73-76 slider … Fastball is pretty straight, but it sneaks up on guys, particularly RHH. Great extension on the pitch out in front, and really explodes to the plate, especially at the top of the zone. Not a ton of downward plane; drop and drive push with lower arm angle gives flatter look to fastball … Changeup thrown far more to LHH; loves to go to his change there with some decent tumble and definite feel for the strike zone with it. Great extension on changeup just as with fastball; tunnels the two together pretty well. Pulls the string on the changeup a little bit; can miss some bats at best, generally good for weak contact … Breaking balls are both somewhat similar and slightly less advanced; slurve-like breakers that lack hard, sharp late life, but instead show break path early and can get hit; depth, but not tight … Nice MLB Draft selection; still relatively raw and needs to find some consistency in pro ball; arsenal and upside for a back-end rotation ceiling, but Layne Henderson will more likely be a long/middle-relief arm for the Houston Astros in time.

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