After years of drafting safe, low-ceiling arms, the Angels have themselves a real, raw project in Keynan Middleton. Will he be worth the wait?
Position: RHP Highest Level: Orem
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'2" Weight: 200
Age: 20 Born: 9/12/1993
2013 Rank: Unranked
2013 Season Stats
AZL: 5.2 IP, 0-0, 6.35 ERA, 3 H, 3 BB, 0 HR, 5 SO, 3.02 FIP, .188 BABIP, 56.3 GB%
Orem: 23.1 IP, 1-3, 8.10 ERA, 29 H, 15 BB, 4 HR, 15 SO, 6.33 FIP, .343 BABIP, 46.8 GB%
Fastball = B-
Keynan Middleton’s fastball sits comfortably in the low 90’s with good late movement. It isn’t an overpowering fastball, but his arm shows easy whipping action that suggests with more time, he could sit in the mid-90’s eventually.
Offspeed Pitches = C+
Middleton was drafted with the specific ability to snap off a sharp, hard slider and a change up with good movement. The problem is, Middleon’s breaking pitches are raw. He’s thrown a curveball a few times but without any real success. He couldn’t keep his slider in the strike zone and the change up really wasn’t an option. The reason Middleton wasn’t drafted earlier was specifically because he is raw, so he’ll need quite a bit of development.
Control = D
Again, Middleton is raw and this is why he’s such a project. Expecting him to come in day one and throw strikes is unreasonable. But I’m confident that with further refinement, in a year or two Middleton can become a pitcher who pounds the zone with authority.
Command = F
If Middleton has issues keeping the ball in the strike zone, it’s obviously a lot to ask that he spot the ball wherever he wants within the strike zone. Yet another area he’ll be working on.
Mechanics = C
Middleton shows excellent balance and a moderate amount of effort in his delivery. So far he looks like he can go any direction, reliever or starter. He has an inconsistent landing point which can force him to throw across his body. His arm angle also changes between breaking pitches and fastball. Once the Angels iron some of these flaws out he should grade out as a solid B in this department.