2012 Draft Scouting Report: Chase DeJong

2012 Draft Scouting Report: Chase DeJong

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep pitcher, Chase DeJong.

Name: Chase DeJong
Position: Pitcher
School: Woodrow Wilson H.S. (Calif.)
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: L/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


Physical Description

DeJong is physically reminiscent of Adam Wainwright at a similar stage. He's long, fairly athletic, and still has a lot of room to grow. Because of that, evaluators rave about his projection. He's going to get bigger and stronger, and should see some added velocity from it.

Mechanics

With an arm that works free and easy, the ball comes out of DeJong's hand nicely and he has a pretty consistent handle on his release point at this stage. He gets good extension out front, using his height and length effectively. He's getting the downhill plane you want to see as well.

Fastball

There's more on the way for DeJong. For now, though, his fastball lives at 89-92 mph and shows good life down in the zone. He's been up to 94 mph this spring and perhaps some of that huge projection is beginning to show up earlier than expected.

Curveball

DeJong has his moments with his curveball where it shows the makings of a high quality big league offering. Perhaps most importantly, he seems able to consistently locate this pitch. However, the bite is still a little inconsistent. At times, it's a biting 12-6 hook at 75-77 mph, but he does tend to let it get some loop to it at times.

Changeup

He flashes the changeup only once and a while currently, but it seems to have the makings of a solid offering. Thrown at 81-83 mph, the arm speed as well as the differential are where you'd want them to be.

Summation

Chase DeJong is a pitcher scouts can dream on. He's already living in the low 90s, for the most part, with his fastball and seems very likely to add more as he matures. And, given what he's already showing in terms of secondary pitches, the future overall skill set on the mound could be very attractive.

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