In the first of a few changes on this site, the draft profile series will now be released on Saturdays through March. I will continue to examine some high school prospects through the end of January. College players will get their due in February and March. After that, I will fit draft information where I can until a couple weeks before the draft.
Draft Profile #6
Currently, the Cubs have moved up to the 27th and 31st picks in the draft after two free agent signings this week. The Cubs third selection will come at the end of the second round, which is after the Competitive Balance picks.
The former 2011 LLWS star is now set to get selected in the late first round of this year’s MLB draft. The problem is whether he will be a pitcher, catcher, or both. After watching him pitch in several videos, I would go with pitching. He doesn’t get squared up at all. The only hard hit balls go the other way. Anybody who tries to pull on him pops it up.
He does have some nice side arm run on his fastball that comes naturally. That is something I enjoy seeing in a RHP as the ball automatically jams a right-handed hitter. According to Jim Callis, his ceiling is equally as high as a catcher. I think it might be higher as a pitcher because of that run.
Side arm run on FB
Pitches inside well
Moves the ball around
Areas of Concern:
Will he pick a position and stay with it?
Will the team pick a position and stay with it?
Does have a small tick at the top of his delivery sometimes
What Others Say
Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo – MLB Pipeline
The scouting industry might be split down the middle on whether he’d be better suited on the mound or behind the plate at the next level.
Danner has spent more time, especially in showcases, showing what he can do as a pitcher. He has a live fastball that can touch 94-95 mph and complements it with a solid curveball and a changeup that flashes above-average. He can fill the strike zone with all three, coming from a high slot. The UCLA commit also has the chance to a special catcher. He has good hands and a plus arm defensively and while he’s a below-averages runner, his athleticism helps him move well behind the dish. He swings the bat well from a crouch set up, with quiet pop that could end up being average power in the future.
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