Height/Weight: 6’3”/200 lbs
High School: Archbishop McCarthy HS (Fla.)
College Commitment: Miami
As a freshman in high school, Travieso was already touching the low 90s. These days, the right-hander sits in the 94-96 mph range and has been known to reach back for 97-99.
Like most fireballers, he also throws a sharp, mid-80s slider that’s intended to generate swing-and-misses rather than hit spots. He also features a changeup, though it is currently more of a show-me pitch intended to set up the fastball-slider combo.
A presence on the mound, Travieso uses his strong lower half and quick arm to generate exceptional torque, which in turn adds an element of deception to all his pitches. However, he does have a tendency to fall off to his glove side and in turn struggles to find his natural arm slot. Despite the quick arm and high velocity, he has no track record of injuries and has a strong, durable frame.
His high school program has been continually loaded with top-notch pitching, so the right-hander has been used only sparingly throughout his prep career. Therefore, his pure velocity and lack of mileage give him room to develop as a starting pitcher and a chance to reach the major leagues by 2016—though there has been the occasional mention of Travieso as a late-inning guy.
Analysis: Plus power stuff. Plus, plus in "bro" factor. A pure power arm, will need to be developed for his feel to match his stuff.