Hey guys, I made my 1st ever trip to Joe O’Brien Field in Elizabethton, TN yesterday to see the Twins take on the Danville Braves (nice park). High profile lefty Kyle Muller was throwing for Danville and he’s another exciting young arm in the Braves system. I’m glad I made the trip.
Muller- Age 19, listed 6’6″ 225 lbs, bats right and throws left. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 draft out of high school in Dallas, TX.
Muller is long and pretty well put together, I guessed 6’6″ 220 lbs on the field. There is some projection left. He stands on the 1st base side of the rubber, and has a 3/4 release point. He uses a high leg kick and finishes with his momentum going toward home plate. It’s a medium effort delivery that he repeats very well (particularly for a big man) which speaks to his athleticism. He gets very good plane on his pitches.
The fastball sat 90-92 with a couple at 89 and a couple at 93. He wasn’t consistently finishing the pitch early but that improved as the game went on. The fastball will play up due to plane and command should be a strength. 50
The primary bender is an 11-5 curve that sat 75-77. It flashed some nice shape and sharp bite, he generated some awkward swings with the pitch. He’s able to drop it at the knees or bounce it. 45/55
The change sat 79-81 and showed some sink. He was able to mirror the arm speed of the fastball pretty well. 50
Sliders? Cutters? I counted 3 other benders at 84, 85, 88. The hardest of the 3 looked like a cut fastball. The others had a sweeping action.
Sequencing: The fastball usage grew as his outing went along. He was 65% early with 20% change and 15% curve. But 75% with 15% curve an 10% change by the fourth inning.
Conclusion: I enjoyed watching Muller, he pounds the zone with a solid 3 pitch mix. He got into some trouble early yesterday by not finishing. He left an 81 mph change up at the belt and that left the yard for a 2 run shot. Newly drafted OF Brent Rooker followed and crushed a 92 MPH fastball that was also left at the belt. He survived the 1st and looked much better after that, locating all of his pitches well. He showed some fire in the 5th when the manager came for the ball which I like to see.
#4 starter upside for me.
Here we get a great look at Muller from Spring Training courtesy of the Prospect Portal (on Twitter @MLBProspectPrtl). Give them a follow they have tons of great video.
Up next at Notes is a 1st impression piece on Twins OF Brent Rooker, Cheers