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Follow the Prospects: Cade Cavalli, RHP
« Topic Start: June 11, 2020, 09:39:10 AM »
Selected with the Nationals' first pick of the 2020 draft (22nd overall)

Bats: Right  •  Throws: Right
6-4, 226lb (193cm, 102kg)
Born: August 14, 1998 in Tulsa, OK

Keith Law:
Cavalli was a two-way player until this spring and had very little pitching experience before his sophomore year. But giving up playing a position seems to have worked for him, as he started throwing more strikes before the shutdown and pushed himself high into the first round. Working without a windup, Cavalli throws bullets up to 97 mph, sitting not far below that, with a hammer slider and power curveball to go with it. Despite some deception in his delivery, he gives up more hard contact than he should, and teams still haven’t found a satisfactory explanation for it. He should have the weapons to be a No. 2 starter, assuming his little-used changeup improves with usage, and is clearly the top guy in the second tier of college starters in the class. The lack of track record and that question about why he’s slightly hittable keep him out of the upper echelon.

MLB Pipeline:
“Cavalli produces some of the easiest velocity in his Draft class, working at 92-96 mph and topping out at 98 with riding action while expending barely more effort than he would playing catch. He also can make hitters look bad with a low-80s curveball with power and depth, and he has developed an upper-80s slider/cutter that is catching up to his curve. He shows the potential for an average changeup once he starts using the pitch more often. While Cavalli has the upside of a frontline starter, he comes with concerns. Though he has a strong 6-foot-4 frame and clean mechanics, he doesn’t have much track record of staying healthy or throwing strikes. His lack of command and deception also means that his premium stuff gets hit harder than it should.”

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