One could make the argument that Brock Porter in the best pitching prospect in the class. In the cumulative rankings he came in two spots behind Dylan Lesko, but Lesko has undergone Tommy John surgery while Porter is healthy and ready to go. Among the top 20 prospects in the draft, Porter is the only healthy pitcher.
Brock Porter Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 208 lbs
Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: RHP
Highest Ranking: 10th (MLB Pipeline)
The reports on Brock Porter all begin with his fastball. Sitting in the 93-97 MPH range he’s touched 100 and the pitch shows good horizontal movement, too. With that said, his change up is not far behind, getting plus grades on it’s own. The change up has both fading and tumbling action, works in the 78-80 MPH range, and is sold very well with his arm speed.
The big right-handed starter from St. Mary Prep in Orchard Lake, Michigan also throws both a slider and a change up that get average to slightly above-average grades. His slider is the harder of the two offerings, coming in in the low-to-mid 80’s with sweeping action. The curveball has more 12-6 action and works in the mid-to-upper 70’s.
With four quality pitches and two of them being plus to plus-plus offerings it’s not hard to see why he could be the first pitcher taken – even in a draft class that is shockingly low on pitching. Toss in that with his size there may still be some additional velocity in there down the line and Porter could see his name called in the early-to-mid 1st round.
The 2022 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 17th and end on July 19th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 18, 32, 55, and 73 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 8th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Nick Castellanos in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round B pick (73rd) that adds a lot of additional pool money.
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