Player: Trey Masek
Drafted by: Chicago Cubs (No. 138 overall)
DOB: 1/9/1992 (Age: 21)
Height/Weight: 6’1”/195 lbs
School: Texas Tech
Previously Drafted: N/A
After logging 67 innings between the starting rotation and bullpen as a freshman at Texas Tech, Masek enjoyed a breakout campaign the following year with a 3.40 ERA and 46/20 K/BB over 53 innings in a similar role.
However, the right-hander didn’t emerge as a legitimate draft pick until the summer in the Cape Cod League when he demonstrated the ability to miss bats consistently for the first time in his career. Over seven starts in the prestigious college league, Masek registered a 3.17 ERA with 47/15 K/BB in 39.2 innings.
His improved strikeout rate carried over into this junior season and resulted in the best season of his college career. Granted he missed a month of the season with a bout of rotator cuff tendinitis, but Masek still registered a 1.82 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 69/22 K/BB in 79 innings. Equally impressive is the fact that he didn’t allow a home run in either 2012 or 2013.
The ongoing concern with Masek is whether the 6’1” right-hander can be successful as a starter at the next level. While his advanced command and feel for pitching gives him the ceiling of a back-end starter, the inconsistencies in his delivery and a lack of a dominant pitch could also lead to a future as a long reliever.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Undersized right-hander at 6’1”, 195 pounds; questionable durability; has smoothed out mechanics over the last year; works to create downhill plane; consistent delivery; arm action is clean for the most part; has some extra motion on the backside that can throw off his overall timing and prevent a consistent release point; will struggle to repeat from the stretch.
Velocity has been down this spring after missing a month with rotator cuff tendinitis; usually sits in the 88-93 mph range; was 91-94 mph and bumping 95 mph over the summer; pitch can get hammered when left up in the zone; some late life.
Arguably his best offering at 75-78 mph; thrown with solid pace and depth; late, downer bite; effective when located down in the zone; feel for using it against both right- and left-handed hitters.
Less consistent pitch than curveball; 79-83 mph with some downer action; plays more like a curveball variation than a true slider at times; tight spin; has a chance to be average at worst.
Least advanced offering in the low-80s; pitch has steadily improved over the last year; similar arm action to fastball; turns it over well to create some fade to the arm side.
Always around the strike zone; improved efficiency with mechanics has aided overall control; knows how to pitch; still has room to improve.
Biggest knock is that he tends to work up in the zone too often with the fastball, and sometimes with the curveball; commands fastball to arm side; mechanics prevent the same level of command to glove side; noticeable feel for pitching; ability to command change will be vital toward success at the next level.
MLB Player Comparison: Kris Medlen
Projection: No. 4 starter
MLB ETA: 2016
Chances of Signing: 80 percent