Austin Mason Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: July 3, 2018
Team/Organization: Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Herky-jerky mechanical look with some deception, cross-body release to hitter; quick, short arm action in the back with low three-quarters gun-slinger type of whippy arm action through release; no doubt tough for hitters to pick up and get comfortable through at-bat, particularly RHH. Max-effort guy ideal for bullpen role; seems extremely intense and competitive on the mound and carries himself with high-energy; seems to fit in high-adrenaline role despite below-average stuff and velo … Four-seamer sat 89-92 in my look here, paired with 88-90 two-seamer, 84-87 cutter, 83-85 changeup, and 81-84 slider. Times from 1.50 – 1.59 to the plate with a runner on first base, too … Interesting to see relative lack of velo considering Austin Mason seems to be a max effort, short stint reliever; won’t blow anybody away but lives on pitch life across entire repertoire, particularly through heavy sinking fastball and sweeping near-power slider combo that’ll get hitters to pound the ball into the ground when right … Now 24 years old and a veteran of several pro seasons already with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Austin Mason needs to succeed and move fairly quickly to have an impact in the big leagues, and while you’d be right to be concerned about his relative lack of velo and power offerings, Mason looks like he was born to work in relief, and he brings some intangibles to the table here that could see him over-achieve a bit towards a middle relief ceiling (45 FV) in time.
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