By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
July 6, 2010
I’m on the record for liking Jack Armstrong quite a bit. At this point in time, Summer 2010, the three college right-handers I’d want the most are Armstrong, Connecticut’s Matt Barnes, and UCLA’s Trevor Bauer.
First of all, Armstrong has one of the most ready-made major league bodies I have ever seen in a right-handed starting pitcher. Second, I love Armstrong’s arm action, arm speed, easy effort and power. He profiles as a three-pitch starter. In this look, he was 94-96 with effortless gas, 83-85 curveball, some bite, sometimes not the shape he’s capable of, a slider at 83-84 sweeping and diving from right-handers and a 79-80 change that should get better in the future.
When I saw him in spring 2010, I didn’t really get to see what I wanted, mainly because he wasn’t being allowed to pitch with his fastball. This will be this guy’s forte in the big leagues. He should be a relatively efficient guy with at least two put-away big league pitches in the coming years, but with the potential to have three above-average pitches. Give him a super change and look out.