Monday, February 16, 2015
Scouting the 2015 Draft: Beau Burrows
Beau Burrows is one of my favorite prospects in the 2015 draft class and I would definitely put him on my short list of players I would not be disappointed in if the Giants drafted him in the first round. He's a 6'2", 195 lb RHP who consistently hits 96 MPH on radar guns and averages 93-95. The intriguing part to me is he also ranked #6 in Trackman measured spin rate on his fastball and the PG AA game, a measurement that correlates with swinging strikes. He also threw the highest percentage of strikes with the FB at 82% at the World Wood Bat gathering. On video, he has powerful rock and fire delivery that is eminently repeatable. He adds in a nasty breaking ball that is already a plus pitch and a changeup that is a bit on the firm side, but has some fade. One criticism is lack of physical projection, but my goodness! How much projection do you need if you are already hitting 96 MPH? BA has him ranked at #35 in their early 2015 draft rankings. Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs has him at #27. He would be an absolute steal at #31 for the Giants, but I believe he will end up being drafted much earlier. Again, I would not be disappointed if the Giants grabbed him at #18, but I could see him going even higher.