The Angels are no stranger to drafting college pitchers over the last few years, but in Kyle McGowin, the Halos are finally showing themselves to be a bit more willing to take risks.
Position: SP Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'3" Weight: 180
Age: 22 Born: 11/27/1992
2013 Rank: Unranked
2013 Season Stats
Rookie (Orem): 14.1 IP, 1-1, 6.28 ERA, 12 H, 5 BB, 2 HR, 12 SO, 4.60 FIP, .244 BABIP
Fastball = B+
McGowin has a sharp fastball that absolutely explodes out of his hand and has excellent run on it. It sits around 91-92 but because of the movement and his delivery, the ball shows specific ability to climb on hitters faster than most. In essence his 91-92 mph fastball has about the same effectiveness as a mid-90’s heater.
Offspeed Pitches = B
McGowin has a curveball/slider that is definitely plus, bordering on what would be classified plus-plus, which is scout-language for amazing. The reason I call it a curve/slider is because I’m honestly not sure what it is, but I know there’s a tremendous amount of break in the pitch and that it is extraordinarily effective and classified as a swing and miss pitch. McGowin also has a good change up that shows some depth to it but there’s trouble keeping it in the zone.
Control = C
The strike zone isn’t completely lost on him in his first taste as a professional.
Command = D
Though McGowin kept the ball in the zone, he didn’t seem to be able to locate his pitches as much as he’d like to. He had specific trouble keeping his ball down, as it was left up in the zone, hitters were able to tee off on his pitches.
Mechanics = B
This grade really depends on who you talk to. First things first, McGowin’s delivery makes it hard for hitters to pick up on the pitch until it’s too late which gives him an extra advantage. Kyle uses a sort of inverted-W motion when he pitches, very similar to C.J. Wilson. The inverted W is when the pitcher strides he keeps his glove elbow up with his glove pointed toward the ground and his throwing elbow up and throwing hand in the same down position as his glove. This gives the pitcher a specific whipping action. Some scouts don’t mind this at all, it creates a ton of leverage and the ability to get extra “oomph” on the fastball and snap on the breaking ball. Some scouts dislike it though as it places extra tension on the throwing shoulder and elbow. Personally, I don’t buy into a lot of pitching mechanic specifics. I believe that some muscles and tendons can stand the pressures of being a big league pitcher and throwing in the upper 90’s (Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan) and some simply can’t (Mark Prior). C.J. Wilson’s and Jered Weaver’s arms have held up pretty well despite scouts cautioning against their mechanics, so until I see otherwise, I’ll give Kyle McGowin the benefit of the doubt.