Another pop-up prospect, Zach McCambley has roared through the High-A Central league as if he were a man on a mission. What is his mission? Read on…
- Born: May 4, 1999
- B/T: Left/Right
- 6’2″, 220-lbs
- Drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 2020 MLB June Amateur Draft
His raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:
That’s so much green, we can stomp on the accelerator and trust nothing is going to get in our way. It’s so dominant, I’m confident McCambley will get promoted soon. High-A Central batters are certainly hoping for that!
Righties have hit more home runs against him, thus more earned runs, but when a pitcher strikes out 19 RHB and only walks one, he’s dominating them.
And, uh, that’s about it. None of the other metrics I use have information on McCambley. Savant does not have their usual spray charts on him, and, well, we can see the K%-BB% above so there’s not need to make batters ashamed by charting it.
Since we have so little to go on, let’s read what a scout says about him:
So Eric Longenhagen sees a pitcher with relief risk unless he develops a usable third pitch (that up until now he has not needed to develop). But with his good feel for spin, Eric thinks it’s quite possible for McCambley to develop a decent slider.
While the obvious relief role is there for the taking, the Marlins certainly want to develop him as a starter until he shows he cannot handle that. My guess is they push him to Double-A and start working on that third pitch. But his FB is fine, and his curve is among the best in the game, so we are working with quality stuff here.
- Rotowire: #335 on their Top 400.
- BaseballHQ: Not on their Top 100.
- Fangraphs: Not on their Top 133.
- Fantasy Six Pack: Not on their dynasty list.
- Imaginary Brick Wall: Not on the Top 473.
- Fantrax: Not on the Top 250.
He’s only just now starting to appear on the scout’s lists.
He needs that third pitch to become a starter.
He’s a 22-year-old beating up on low-level batters. Let’s not draw any solid conclusions until we see him do well at Double-A. But in dynasty leagues, this is the kind of arm you speculate on before the scouts start reporting it all over the place.