By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 25, 2011
Sam Stafford was extremely smooth and repetitive when he got to me last summer. Here’s what he looked like, followed by my comments.
Easily one of the best left-handed starting pitching prospects I’ve seen in this draft cycle. He doesn’t get a lot of fame because he’s behind some name guys at Texas, but the school’s depth chart has nothing to do with what kind of professional prospect he is. In this look, you can see a very closed, balanced and efficient delivery with a good arm action, and a high 3/4 slot. His fastball, 91-94 in this look, maintained at 92 with downhill life and frequent sink. I had his curveball at 76-78 with depth and potential for more tightness. His slider was 81-85 and was a different look from the curve, sweeping most of the time, sometimes with much harder depth. His change-up was the least developed of his four pitches and is the thing he needs to fix in pro ball, so he’s got it against right-handers. I felt there was a lot to like here. Regardless of how many innings he gets, he gets written down as a definite major league prospect for me.
Read Summer 2010 Sam Stafford Scouting Update