Tale of the Tape: Emerson Hancock vs Max Meyer


David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

Welcome to Draft HQ's War Room where we continue to break down the finer details of the top prospects for the 2020 MLB Draft.

Round 1: Nick Loftin vs. Alika Williams (April 9)

In Round 2 of our Tale of the Tape series, we ring the bell for an in-depth match-up of the top two college right handed pitchers. One from the SEC, the other from the Big Ten. One was a member of the USA Collegiate National Team last summer, the other had some late April arm soreness and rested last summer. One has bigger stuff, the other a bigger frame. Both are safe bets to be future Big Leaguers. Who would you pick? Let's go to the Tape...

 

EMERSON HANCOCK                        vs MAX MEYER              
6-4 Height 6-0
215 Weight 180
Corey Kluber ML Body Type Comp David Cone
2019-20 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS by D1Baseball
92.9 Overall Score 89.4
90.8    Zone Control 89.6
90.8    Pitch Ability 88.0
85.6    Durability 83.7
TOOLS (20-80 Pro Scale)  Present/Future
60 Athleticism 70
60/60 Fastball
70/70
94.4 mph    Avg FB Velo
96.3
97 mph    FB Max
100 mph
50/55 Slider 70/75
83.7 mph
   Avg Slider Velo 89.8
65/70 Changeup 55/65
85.5 mph
   Avg CH Velo 86.1
65/70 Overall Control 60/65
INSIDE THE TOOLS

FASTBALL  
6.13'    Extension  6.69'
94.7 mph
   Perceived Velo  97.6 mph
2430 rpm    Avg Spin Rate  2515 rpm
15.4"
   Hop or Vertical Break  12.9"
46.0%
   Usage  35.1%
19.1%
   Swing/Miss Rate  18.4%
12.9%
   Swing/Miss Rate in Zone  12.3%
87.3 mph
   Avg Exit Velo  89.4 mph
  SLIDER  
2150 rpm
   Avg Spin Rate  2756 rpm
6.3"
   Vertical Break  4.2"
57.1%
   Swing/Miss Rate  47.0%
13.0%
   Swing/Miss Rate in Zone  13.4%
  CHANGEUP  
1640 rpm
   Avg Spin Rate  1915 rpm
11.8"
   Vertical Break  4.8"
15.2%
   Swing/Miss Rate  11.3%
8.3%    Swing/Miss Rate in Zone  7.1%
     
61.0% 2019-20 All Pitch GB Rate 51.5%
4.8% 2019-20 Walk Rate 6.6%
29.8% 2019-20 Strikeout Rate 31.4%

 

Do you want the bigger stuff, or the bigger guy? Hancock has the advantage with his larger frame which typically lends itself to greater durability to get through 30+ starts as a front-of-the-rotation arm. He also boasts outstanding analytics in college baseball's premier conference to go along with a plus fastball and low-spin changeup. Meyer is 6-foot tall with electric stuff, more ticks on the fastball and very good extension at 6.69' to the plate (similar to fellow 6-footer, Tim Lincecum), despite being 4" shorter in stature. Although fairly predictable with his slider (throws 64% of the time with two strikes), he throws plenty of strikes with power stuff. This one's close, but we're going with:


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