By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 3, 2014
Tyler Kolek. yeah I remember him. This was the dude who reminded me (and probably everyone else, to be fair) of Joba Chamberlain. What we have here is a good old fashioned, max effort, Texas breed “grunter,” as Paul Richards would have said. Big arm, gotta learn to be efficient, as is usually the case. He’s durable but has to make sure he doesn’t become dumpy. I will say this. He threw harder than Crick did at his AC, but I liked Crick better, because I thought Crick still had upside. I think this guy, the power is what you see is what you get, and now you need to cut him loose as a young pro and see if he can prove he can make adjustments. You ain’t gonna find that out until he signs, and you won’t find out if he goes to college. I like how the arm works, honestly, it’s an easier arm than most high school right-handers I’ve seen in recent seasons who produce that upper-level velocity. I like the durability potential. Really it’s going to be how well he throws strikes and can he throw a second pitch for strikes.