- Born: February 14, 1997
- B/T: Left/Left
- 6’3″, 214-lbs
- Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS).
Looking in the BaseballHQ.com Minor League Baseball Analyst book, we see that Small has three pitches in his arsenal:
Small had Tommy John surgery that eliminated his 2017 season in college, then came back strong in 2018 and 2019 as we saw above. His fastball velocity, however, has not returned. Still, at 93 mph for a lefty, that’s enough to dominate batters if the pitcher gets extension from his delivery, and Small does that. And if a pitcher shows plus command to that fastball, he can get strikeouts and weak contact, and Small does that too.
In other words, he has three very good pitches already, since his mid-70s curve is also above average, and his changeup is another solid pitch. He clearly can get strikes with all three pitches.
He has a simple, repeatable delivery from a high-three quarters arm slot, and he uses his height to create angle to the plate and provide him with deception.
My friends, this is the definition of a #3 SP in the majors. With his experience, and his age, he won’t be held down long. Look for him to zoom through the lower levels and be ready to show up in Milwaukee in late 2021.
- Rotowire: Not in their Top 400.
- BaseballHQ: Not in their Top 100.
- Fangraphs: Not in their Top 120.
- Fantasy Six Pack: #660 on their dynasty list.
- Prospects365: Not on Ray Butler’s Top 200.
- Imaginary Brick Wall: #188 of the Top 487.
He hasn’t wiped out AA hitters yet, so let’s see if he does it, but I expect he will.