Carlos Collazo published the latest mock draft at Baseball America this week. Version 4.0 has the Cincinnati Reds selecting another college pitcher this time around, opting to go with Oklahoma right-hander Cade Cavalli. We haven’t yet covered him on the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft Scouting Report series yet, but we can take a quick look at what he brings to the table.

On the mound he hasn’t exactly stood out. As a freshman he posted a 6.75 ERA – mostly in relief with 13 walks and 18 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. He moved full time to the rotation as a sophomore and was good, posting a 3.28 ERA in 60.1 innings, but walked 35 batters and hit 8 others, while striking out just 59. This past season was trending in the right direction, mostly. His ERA was 4.18, but he had just 5 walks and 37 strikeouts in his 23.2 innings pitched. After getting 319 plate appearances at the plate in his first two seasons (.665 OPS in full playing time as a freshman, just 84 PA with a 1.004 OPS as a sophomore), he didn’t register a single trip to the plate in 2020.

Health has been an on-going issue for Cade Cavalli. He didn’t pitch as a senior in high school due to a back injury. Then he missed time as a sophomore in 2019 with a stress reaction. But when he’s been healthy, his stuff sticks out. He’ll sit in the mid-90’s and touch higher. He also brings two good breaking pitches to the table, and a change up with a chance to be a fourth quality offering.

Perfect Game’s updated Draft Rankings

The folks over at Perfect Game have updated their 2020 Major League Baseball Draft rankings. It’s now expanded to 400 players, but only the top 10 is on the free side of things. Cade Cavalli comes in at #10 on their list. MLB Pipeline recently expanded their list to 200 players, and their list is completely free. Fangraphs list, which is also completely free, includes 246 players. And of course, there’s Baseball America’s list that goes 500 players deep, but requires a subscription to see the whole thing.

One Response

  1. Tom

    This would be exhibit A in why scouting matters above all else, if Cavalli actually prevailed into an MLB success.