Pat Light to Red Sox: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Mike RosenbaumMLB Prospects Lead WriterJune 4, 2012

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Position: RHP

Height/Weight: 6’6”/200 lbs

Bats/Throws: R/R

DOB: 3/29/91

College: Monmouth

Year: JR

Pat Light’s sturdy, 6’6” frame draws attention by itself, and he saw his stock shoot up the charts when he touched 96 mph earlier this spring.  However, the right-hander struggles to carry his velocity deep into games and often catches too much plate due to lack of movement.

Light also features an above-average slider and changeup that are borderline show-me pitches at the moment and often ineffective due to a varying and inconsistent arm slot. Still, he’s shown improved command of each of his pitches this season, which aids his projection as a starter rather than a reliever.

With an enormous but still projectable frame and plus fastball, it’s hard not to compare the right-hander to the Marlins’ Josh Johnson—though the comparison is less accurate when considering their respective secondary offerings. If Light progresses his way through the minors as a starter, he has the potential to make his debut in mid-to-late 2015.

Pick Analysis:

The Red Sox add a big body pitcher who has the frame to fill out. Fastball tops out in the mid-90s, with an impressive breaking ball to match.