By: Drake Mann (@drakemann4)
With Major League Baseball announcing that the MLB draft will take place on June 10, I thought it would be a good time to start writing up potential first-round picks. We continue with Asa Lacy, who’s another top-5 pick in this year’s draft.
- Age: 21
- Position:Starting Pitcher
- Height: 6’4”
- Weight: 215 lbs
- School: Texas A&M
- Best Pitch: Slider
- Worst Pitch/tool: Control
- Surprising Pitch: Changeup
As a 19-year-old freshman at Texas A&M, Lacy showed some potential while delivering a 2.75 ERA, 11.0 K/9 and a 1.14 WHIP in 39.1 innings. Going forward, he’s dominated with a career 14-5 record, 2.07 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and an impressive 13.0 K/9 over 152 innings pitched in a three year span. His BB/9 have stayed at about 4.0 in his college career, which must go down to have a successful major league career.
Where’s he being taken?
There’s been speculation that Lacy will be taken in the top 3 of this draft. The Marlins are the logical spot for Lacy. However, the Orioles might swoop in and grab Lacy with the #2 pick in a draft that’s a week away. Both teams have up and coming farm systems and Lacy could make the Orioles or Marlins systems that much better in the future.
Why should you be excited?
Asa Lacy has shown his strikeout stuff during his time at Texas A&M. While his control and command are both subpar, they were getting increasingly better before Covid-19 shortened the college season. All his pitches are fast, his fastball gets up to 97 MPH and his slider is his best secondary pitch in the low 80’s. He also displays a curveball and changeup, both providing awkward swings from the opposition. While he throws from a three-quarter arm slot, his arm motion might cause arm problems going forward. However, his stuff is too good to pass up. Not only does he repeat his delivery consistently, he uses his lower half to keep balanced; and with his weight transfer and downhill plane, this in turn keeps his velocity up over longer outings.
Mixing all that with his impressive 2020 season (before the college season was shortened), makes Lacy the best left-handed pitcher this draft.
Chris Sale, their mechanics are a little similar especially with the delivery to the plate. Both Lacy and Sale have similar characteristics. Chris Sale is 6’6” while Lacy is 6’4”, so they’re both taller in stature. They both are high velocity pitchers, have good secondary pitches and are deemed strikeout pitchers.
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