MLB Draft Scouting Report: Jose Fernandez

MLB Draft Scouting Report: Jose Fernandez

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep righty, Jose Fernandez.

Name: Jose Fernandez
Position: Pitcher
School: Alonso H.S. (Fla.)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 215
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American

Jose Fernandez, RHP, Alonso HS (Fla.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

Jose Fernandez does not have the body of a high schooler. He's very mature physically and is already well over 200 pounds. You don't need him to pack on any more weight, as he's already built like a big league pitcher and has electric stuff as he is.

Mechanics

When it comes to his delivery, Fernandez needs some work. He tends to get very out of sync in the timing of his arm action and lower half. And, at this stage he's not repeating well pitch to pitch or outing to outing even just throwing fastballs. He collapses quite often on his back leg and dips his shoulder. This gives him a great deal of trouble getting the ball down in the zone and staying on top.

Fastball

Fernandez is very much in the conversation for best fastball in the high school class. He's consistently at 93-96 mph, and has touched numbers as high as 97-98 mph. Command is a big issue for him and he has trouble locating his fastball for stretches. It's mostly a straight four-seamer so the command will need to come around.

Curveball

He has some trouble getting to his curveball at times, but when he does it's a pretty good one. He flashes average at times with a 75-80 mph 11-5 hook. But, he gets underneath it quite a bit and throws a lot of very poor ones. If he gets things worked out mechanically it shows a lot of potential.

Changeup

The changeup rarely comes out for Fernandez but he shows it in warmups. Without being consistent mechanically, it's going to need extensive work from professional coaches.

Summation

The club that drafts Fernandez is drafting him for his huge arm and strong, durable frame. Aside from that he's a bit of a project. But, he's a project that could click and become a dominant front of the rotation starter.

Draft Projection: First Round, 20-30

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