Dakota Chalmers is a high school pitcher out of Georgia that popped up last October when he went to a big high school tournament in Jupiter FL. Listed at 6’3” and 185lb he is the perfect size for what the Yankees are looking for in their drafted pitchers regardless of if it’s high school or college.
The reason Chalmers jumped up was he sat 93-95 and hit as high as 98 on some scouts guns last October. This year he has been mostly low 90’s while hitting some 95s. Scouts usually believe once you hit a certain velocity that it’s in the arm and they can harness it with professional coaching. Rounding out his arsenal is a curveball that will flash 55 and 60 which is very good especially for an amateur. A changeup is the clear 3rd pitch but it does show average which is something that not a lot of high school pitchers have.
Kiley McDaniel s has him 33 on his updated prospect rankings with MLB and Keith Law not having him in theirs as of this point.
This is the type of kid I like. Give me a guy who projects but still flashes good stuff already. If Chalmers was this in the upper minors we would be looking at a mid rotation starter that could project higher if the upper velocities were there. Having a serviceable change up and curveball also are a big plus. While mid rotation starters aren’t sexy they have a huge amount of value for every team even if it’s in as a trade piece. If the Yankees can get him with their 30th pick they should be happy. Keep in mind Dakota Chalmers profiles very similar to Austin DeCarr who the Yankees gave a million to sign last year.
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