Player: Kyle Serrano
Drafted by: Colorado Rockies (No. 859 overall)
DOB: 7/6/1995 (Age: 17)
Height/Weight: 6’1”/195 lbs
School: Farragut High School (Tenn.)
College Commitment: Tennessee
The son of Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano—who has also led both UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton to appearances in the College World Series over the last decade—Kyle’s commitment to play for his father next season led to concerns about his signability headed into the spring.
However, the 6’1”, 195-pound right-hander’s across-the-board improvements this season have helped push him into the upper echelon of 2013 draft prospects, as it now appears as though he’ll be selected early enough in the first round to consider foregoing his commitment.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average, with the current score first and projected score second.
Compact, repeatable mechanics; undersized right-hander profile at 6’1”, 195 pounds; room to fill out; manages to create solid plane with each pitch; exhibits fluidity and balance throughout delivery; has showcased better endurance this spring; very polished for a prep pitcher; smooth but fast arm; tons of pure arm strength.
Velocity has improved over last year; consistently 90-94 mph; has reached 95 mph this spring; has done a better job holding plus velocity deep into starts; pounds the strike zone; feel for locating pitch to both sides of the plate; isn’t afraid to challenge hitters.
One of the top breaking balls in the 2013 draft class; hammer; true top-to-bottom knee-buckler in the low-80s; tight spin thrown with consistent arm speed; swing-and-miss offering and out-pitch at the next level; deep shape; late, downer bite.
Underdeveloped offering due to lack of use at high school level; has a feel for the pitch in the high-70s; some late fading action to the arm side; potential to be above-average to plus pitch.
Consistent mechanics and arm action give him a feel for all three pitches; around the strike zone with each offering; hasn’t overthrown as much as he has in the past.
Potential above-average command of three-pitch mix; pounds the strike zone with his fastball; comfortable throwing curveball for called strike and burying it when ahead in the count; ability to command changeup should be at least average at maturity; throws everything on downhill plane.
MLB Player Comparison: Dylan Bundy
Projection: No. 2 starter
MLB ETA: Late 2016, early 2017
Chances of Signing: 50%