Michael Wacha to Cardinals: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterJune 5, 2012

Courtesy of aggiesathletics.com
Courtesy of aggiesathletics.com

Position: RHP

Height/Weight: 6’6”/210 lbs

Bats/Throws: R/R

Age: 20

Year: JR

Wacha is basically a two-pitch pitcher with a 50-grade fastball and plus changeup that is the best in the entire 2012 draft class. By the time he reaches the major leagues, it could even grade as high as a 65 or a 70. Most importantly, he’s shown superb command of both pitches, which aids his projection as a mid-rotation big league starting pitcher.

Although he doesn’t throw exceptionally hard, Wacha has a power pitcher’s frame with repeatable mechanics and clean arm action. His velocity dips late in games; however, he knows how to compensate for it by utilizing his changeup.

While he’s been effective with a limited arsenal, he’ll need to significantly develop his breaking ball to be successful at the next level. Wacha has little room left to grow and is one of the safer pitching prospects in the draft.

Due to his fastball/changeup combination, Wacha has been compared to Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard. However, the Aggies right-hander is far more projectable and should never be relegated to a bullpen role. Given his experience and advanced feel for pitching, Wacha is another top arm that could debut at some point in 2015.

Analysis: The defending World Series champions land a steal here in Wacha. The big-bodied hurler will be a welcome addition to an already strong rotation when he makes the jump to the big leagues. 

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