San Diego Padres 2020 MLB Draft scouting profile: Emerson Hancock

26 Jul 1998: General view of a ball sitting on the pitcher''s mound during a game between the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles at the Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Mariners defeated the Orioles 10-4. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger
26 Jul 1998: General view of a ball sitting on the pitcher''s mound during a game between the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles at the Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Mariners defeated the Orioles 10-4. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /
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A baseball and rosin bag sit on the mound during. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The pitches

Hancock throws an electric fastball that sits in the mid-to-upper 90s and has a ton of life as it tops out at 99 MPH. It also has some sinking action on it and he’s able to command it really well. He only walked 18 batters in 90.1 innings last year.

His best secondary pitch is his slider that completely runs away from right-handed hitters.

But he also throws a curveball and a change-up.

The development of that curveball and change-up will determine what the ceiling is for Hancock.

https://twitter.com/pitchingninja/status/1106890521736286209?lang=en

At 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds he has a very solid frame for a starting pitcher, and you have to think he may even add a little more muscle as he grows into that frame.

His delivery is a little funky to me because it seems like his short-arming his delivery and not following threw.

If you look at the side angle in the Twitter thread above you can get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

It’s actually kind of incredible that he throws as hard as he does without reaching all the way back like a traditional windup.

That short-action delivery could raise some red flags for future injury, but he’s a pitcher, they all come with injury risk.

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