Friday, October 28, 2016

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Tanner Houck

Tanner Houck is a college pitcher for Missouri.  He stands 6'5", 200-217 lbs. depending on the scouting source.  He is all arms and legs with high hips and oodles of room to fill out.  He has a FB that runs 96 MPH with command to both sides of the plate as well as a slider and changeup.  He drops down in his deliver a bit more with a longer stride than Alex Faedo and his arm slot is low 3/4 as opposed to high 3/4.  Scouts rave about the movement on his FB.  On video it looks like a 2-seamer with sink and armside run.  I also see a breaking ball that sometimes appears to have a tight glove side break, more like a cutter and a slower pitch that is a bit slurvy.

PG and BA have him listed as the top prospect in the 2017 draft and most early mock drafts have him in the top 10 rounds.  I like him a bit better than Faedo due to longer, looser arm action with more movement on his FB.  He also appears to have more room to fill out his frame than Faedo.  I think his ceiling is higher even though Faedo's college stat lines are a tick better in terms of K/BB.

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