Walker Weickel to Padres: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
Height/Weight: 6'6"/210 lbs
High School: Olympia (Fla.)
College Commitment: Miami
It's no surprise that Walker Weickel, at 6'6", struggles to repeat his mechanics on occasion, as he's still learning how to utilize his lanky frame and easy velocity.
The right-hander's fastball sits 91-94 mph, and, when he's on, Weickel pounds the lower half of the strike zone as well as both sides of the plate with the pitch. Given his easy delivery and projectable frame, it's a fairly safe assumption that he'll add more velocity as he continues to develop.
While his breaking ball is at least an average pitch with good shape, it's significantly slower than his fastball and not particularly effective. However, the offering leaves plenty of room for growth. Weickel's third pitch, a changeup, is surprisingly solid, as he throws it with convincing arm speed and has shown an ability to locate it with consistency.
Weickel is the type of prep pitcher who will be eased through the minor leagues until he has nothing left to prove. So don’t expect to see the right-hander in the Show until the 2017 season.
Analysis: The Padres continue to stockpile young, fresh arms with the selection of Weickel. He won't contribute in the near future, but few think that the Padres will be contending anytime soon, anyway. Still, if he can develop, Weickel will help the Padres claw their way back into contention.
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