Player: Scott Blewett
Drafted by: Kansas City Royals
DOB: 4/10/1996 (Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6'6", 210 pounds
School: Baker HS (New York)
College Commitment: St. John's
Even though there are certain disadvantages to the annual summer showcase events that go on around the country, a player like Scott Blewett knows how to make the most of his opportunity in that environment.
The 6'6" right-hander out of New York really popped at last year's Area Code Games with solid command and a plus fastball-curveball combination that befuddled hitters. His tall body suggests that more muscle is coming, which could lead to more consistent plus velocity readings with the fastball.
Despite his size, Blewett isn't a prototypical power pitcher. He can get good velocity but relies a lot more on movement and changing speeds; otherwise he'd be a top-15-20 selection.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Blewett has a big workhorse body at 6'6", 210 pounds; should have no problems developing into a guy who gives a team 200 innings with that kind of frame, though given the rash of pitcher injuries, no one is safe; has room to put on some muscle as he ages.
The big right-hander has a very smooth delivery; generates velocity with good arm speed and is able to deceive hitters with a long stride toward the plate; arm is free and easy through the zone, exerting very little energy to throw with good drive to the plate and repeating the delivery well despite big frame.
Blewett's fastball is his only average pitch at present; too straight at times and can be hit by quality bats, which he hasn't seen in high school; tall right-hander generates above-average velocity, touching 95 mph, though maintaining that has been an issue due to limited work; projection in the body and arm, so velocity should tick up in a year or two with pro coaching.
There's tremendous potential in Blewett's curveball; now it's often a big, loopy 12-6 breaker that lacks consistent shape; just needs to throw it more and get a better feel for the release, at which point the velocity should increase to mid-70s and give him a knee-buckling pitch that will miss a lot of bats.
The best thing that can be said about Blewett's changeup right now is he understands how to deceive hitters with arm action; shows a good feel for it and is comfortable throwing it in any count; as for the quality of the pitch, it's still coming along; will leave his hand too firmly, basically turning into a batting-practice fastball; hasn't had to use it a lot in high school.
Blewett has excellent control for a high school pitcher; confident on the mound and very aggressive; sometimes that can get him in trouble—at least it will against advanced hitters, because there are times when the ball stays over the fat part of the plate; arm angle creates some deception, and the sharp plane that the ball comes in on makes it difficult to elevate it.
Despite Blewett's ability to throw strikes, he's still learning to locate in the zone; has pitchability right now, which makes it easy to project at least average command; assuming the fastball adds velocity and breaking ball gets more consistent shape, he won't need a lot of command to reach his ceiling.
MLB Player Comparison: Jon Niese
This is Jon Niese now, not the guy who originally came up with the Mets. He's a big guy who throws strikes with good velocity and doesn't give up a lot of home runs. There's actually a little more ceiling in Blewett's raw stuff than Niese's, but this is a fair comparison, given the latter's development path.
Projection: No. 3 starter on first-division team
MLB ETA: 2018
Chances of Signing: 75 percent
Given his size and potential to add velocity to all his pitches, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a team take Blewett early and give him a big signing bonus in an effort to make sure pro coaches get ahold of him right away. The only chance he doesn't sign is if teams have too many questions about the off-speed stuff, causing him to slide down boards and into the late first round.