Garrett Crochet Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: June 21, 2018
Team/Organization: Santa Barbara Foresters (University of Tennessee)
League/Level: College summer baseball
Scouting Notes: High three-quarters release with plane from height; size with durable frame and some room left to fully grow into his body; should add strength and improve coordination/repeatability of mechanics with age over next few years. Struggled to sync up mechanics with long, loose frame here; long arm action often dragged behind body upon push to plate, leaving fastballs out and up to arm-side. Command problems from mechanical/sync issues here; missed arm-side, particularly with fastball, and struggled to extend out to glove-side and/or fill the strike zone/challenge hitters late in a blowout game … Fastball 88-93 here, along with a 73-77 curve, 80-82 slider, and 81-84 changeup; timed 1.49 – 1.54 to the plate at quickest slide-step moves with runner on first … Fastball has some life with late arm-side run and some depth from height/plane, but it must be better commanded and more easily repeatable for Garrett Crochet to throw high-leverage and/or rotation innings and establish it early in counts … Curveball showed good depth with a slower, bigger 12-to-6 look; worked OK in changing eye level and getting some guys out on front foot with velo drop. Not as sharp or tight as it should be yet; improvement will come between now and end of college career … Slider is more sweeping and horizontal, with break across the plate that complements the curveball as a separate breaker; different look here allows him to back up curve with slider, or vice-versa if necessary, though curve is better of two off-speed pitches … Garrett Crochet has a long way to go before his 2020 MLB Draft eligibility, and his physical frame and upside make it easy to envision a rotation future for the big lefty, but for me, I think a long-term relief future in pro ball is likely. In several ways, Crochet reminds me of Matt Krook, who himself has struggled with considerable mechanical and command problems only to eventually be moved into the bullpen in pro ball, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Crochet ends up there, too, in a bid to play up his arsenal while circumventing some of his command problems and getting some short-stint, high-leverage value out of his potentially powerful arsenal.
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