Scottsdale, Arizona —— Entering play on Thursday night, Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitching prospect Trent Autry is 0-0 with a 15.00 ERA in three games (two starts) for the Arizona League‘s AZL Diamondbacks, with just three innings pitched thus far in his pro career after the Diamondbacks selected him in the 17th round of the MLB Draft this June. I observed the 19-year-old Florence-Darlington (SC) Technical College product in his August 9 start on the road against the AZL Giants; below is Baseball Census‘ full Trent Autry scouting report, including video.
Trent Autry Scouting Report — Video
Our video of Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitching prospect Trent Autry shows his game pitches across that entire August 9 start against the AZL Giants, where he allowed three runs over one inning of work at Scottsdale Stadium:
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Trent Autry Scouting Report — Notes
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Trent Autry in the 17th round this summer out of Florence-Darlington (SC) Technical College, and on Wednesday night I saw the third professional appearance of his career. The outcome wasn’t ideal — three runs on three hits and a hit batsmen in an inning of work — but there are some things to like about Autry. The righty sits 88-93 mph with his fastball, flashing good arm strength on a decent-sized frame (6’2”, 215 lbs.). He should fill out some in the future and will likely add more velocity to his fastball. Autry struggled to get the ball down in the zone on Wednesday night, and when it’s left up, it’s flat. To that end, he’ll need that added velocity in the coming years; because he lacks deception with the fastball, any power profile improvement he can get will help his margin of error. He throws hard, though, and it’s apparent why he’s attractive to the Diamondbacks to that end.
Autry couples the fastball with a slider and a changeup. The changeup is rudimentary right now, functioning more or less as a show-me pitch and it’ll need to improve (especially if he’s to start games and see lineups multiple times). But the slider flashes well above average already, and I really, really like it. Autry throws the slider 83-85 mph, and it’s very tight with consistent 11-to-5 tilt that sweeps late across the plate. I think it’ll prove to be a wipeout pitch as his professional career continues, and it’d behoove the Arizona Diamondbacks—and Trent Autry—to further develop his command of the pitch to give him a lights-out look, especially against right-handed batters.
Looking further ahead, Trent Autry has undeniable arm strength with short, clean arm action and the feel for a hard breaking ball, the sum of which should likely land him in the bullpen in another few seasons. He’s still a lottery ticket at this point in his (very, very young) pro career, but there’s enough raw arm strength there to keep an eye on moving forward. If he can see a velocity bump into the mid-90s, coupled with that good, hard slider, he’s going to be a relief force in the minor leagues who could one day turn himself into a fringe bullpen prospect in another few years’ time—comparing Arizona Diamondbacks prospects here, think of him as a potential future Bud Jeter-type of bullpen arm, perhaps.
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