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Diamondbacks select RHP Mason McCullough in the fifth round

The Diamondbacks selected a second straight right-handed pitcher in the fifth round taking RHP Mason McCullough out of Lander University in South Carolina.

Here is what MLB.com had to say about McCullough:

 

“One area scout compared McCullough to Kenny Powers of HBO’s “Eastbound & Down.” Both guys can throw the ball through a brick wall, provided they can hit the wall, and both guys can get into trouble off the field. North Carolina dismissed McCullough from its program last fall for repeated violations of team rules, so he transferred to Lander, which made its first NCAA Division II College World Series appearance in 2014. McCullough has a big league body and a fastball that has been clocked as high as 100 mph, though he has yet to harness it. He walked nearly a batter per inning this spring and sometimes will work out of the stretch with no runners on base in an attempt to throw strikes. There’s no finesse with McCullough, who relies heavily on throwing mid-90s heat. He’ll show an interesting mid-80s slider on occasion, though he doesn’t use it much. He’ll almost certainly work out of the bullpen in pro ball, and he won’t be more than a middle reliever unless he can make some refinements, but it’s also very easy to dream on his arm strength.”

 

This is a questionable pick for me. While he throws really hard, and has a mid 90’s fastball, he doesn’t really have a very good secondary pitch. Plus he can be really wild at times as it says in the scouting report. He can throw upwards of 100 mph and if the Dbacks coaches can get the walks per innings pitched down, then he could be a nice piece. I expect him to be a reliever because he doesn’t have a good secondary pitch.

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