Player: Sean Reid-Foley
Drafted by: Toronto Blue Jays
DOB: 8/30/95 (Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6'3", 208 lbs
School: Sandalwood High (Fla.)
College Commitment: Florida State
While not a typical high school right-hander because he's filled out a lot of his 6'3" frame, Sean Reid-Foley has elevated his stock this spring thanks to improved velocity on the fastball and dominance over everyone.
The tall right-hander has kept his ERA at or under 1.00 for most of the last two years and increased his strikeout rate this season. He lacks the projection like a lot of elite arms in this class but understands how to pitch and continues to get better with each outing.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Excellent combination of size and athleticism allows Reid-Foley to get excellent plane on the fastball, keeping it down in the zone and making it difficult for hitters to elevate it for power; arm action is a bit unorthodox, mainly a crossfire delivery that can lead to some command problems but gives pitches a little movement.
Ability to repeat mechanics from pitch to pitch is impressive for high schooler, mitigating some concerns about the arm delivery; gets great extension out front, allowing the ball to jump on hitters.
The most positive development for Reid-Foley this spring is the increased velocity on his fastball; ntered the year projecting as an above-average offering sitting in the high 80s/low 90s but has taken a step forward and sits in the low 90s, topping out at 94-95.
Combined with good late movement on the two-seamer and above-average command projection, the heater will be his best pitch; still learning to throw quality strikes with it, but there's enough upside to see a plus offering.
Slider is his best off-speed pitch, though it lacks consistency not uncommon with a player his age. At its best, pitch has excellent tilt and will eat up the back foot of left-handed hitters; too often the pitch will slurve, lacking shape and finding a lot of barrels.
Professional coaching and development will be critical to get the slider up to full potential and help Reid-Foley reach his ceiling.
Changeup is more of a show-me pitch at this point; doesn't have the confidence or control to get quality hitters out but will change speeds to keep them off balance; pitch tends to come out of his hands too stiff and straight' excellent arm action and speed to make hitters think the heater is coming.
It will occasionally flash average potential with some downward fade as it crosses the plate, so the upside is in there; hasn't needed the pitch in high school, though he's using it more this season to his—and MLB's—benefit.
Excellent strike-thrower already. Reid-Foley stays around the zone as well as any high school arm in this class; knows how to spot the fastball and get ahead of hitters but is learning to put the ball where it needs to be.
Improved changeup and development of slider have led to increased strikeout totals and better control profile; still working to throw the changeup for strikes more often, but enough separation from the fastball to deceive hitters.
Bullish on Reid-Foley's ability to spot the ball, though acknowledge it's rare to project command for an 18-year-old who hasn't really needed to command pitches for strikeouts; given trajectory of stuff and pitchability this year, command profile may get to plus and raise his ceiling even higher; very impressive sequencing for teenager, doesn't try to blow hitters away with one pitch.
MLB Player Comparison: Patrick Corbin
Even though Corbin is a left-hander, the way he operates is so similar to Reid-Foley that it's hard not notice the parallels. Corbin's career took off in 2013 before getting off track this season due to Tommy John surgery, thanks to added velocity and a slider that jumped a full grade.
Reid-Foley has that kind of potential with better velocity than Corbin had early in his career and a slider that projects to be a swing-and-miss offering.
Projection: No. 2 starter on first-division team
MLB ETA: 2018
Chances of Signing: 80%
When you are a high school pitcher with helium leading into a draft, it's hard to envision a scenario that would cause you to pitch in college for three years, knowing everything that can go wrong in a short amount of time.
Reid-Foley would be going to a great situation at Florida State if he bypasses the riches of Major League Baseball this year, but getting into pro ball and soaking up the coaching could get him to the big leagues not long after he would be eligible for the draft again in 2017.
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