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CLASS OF 2016

RHP

Hunter
Brown

Wayne State University (MI)
St. Clair Shores Lakeview (HS) • MI
6-2 • 205LBS • R/R

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2019
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5/17/19

Two inning look at the top Division II draft prospect in 2019. Durable build at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. Sets up on the first base side of the rubber. Lands cross-body. Average arm action with a small cup and hook in back. Arm drags due to lower half rush, causing an inconsistent release point and resulting in more control than command. Blocks well, throwing against a strong front lower half. Loose and real quick arm out front from high three-quarter slot. Showed the ability to expand away with his fastball and ran it up to 98 mph, sitting mostly 94-97. Was very true with more down angle than wiggle. Played down a grade or more due to fair deception, lack of life and consistently staying away from hitters with his fastball. Effectiveness of fastball will be greatly increased when he develops the ability to pitch inside. Slider flashed above average at 85-87 with more sweep than depth. Threw it with confidence and in any count. Firm changeup to left-handed hitters at 88-90 with armside fade. Showed feel and will likely develop into a near average pitch in the future as he takes a few more mph off the pitch with pro instruction and reps. With a couple small adjustments and simply more experience, Brown could develop starter-type command and slot into the middle of a MLB rotation. If not, the back end of the pen where he can blow-and-go for an inning at a time is an obvious alternative. For the season Brown has 114 strikeouts vs 39 walks in 85 IP. He's likely a late Day One to early Day Two selection this June. (Seifert)

4/07/19

Six-foot-2, 205 pound athletically built right-hander went seven innings allowed three earned runs, and struck out nine batters. Cruised early on striking out the first five batters faced. Repeated his delivery driving well off the mound. Hides the ball well with a letter high leg lift, and an explosive arm. Fastball sat 95-96 mph with late life, displaying above average command. Mixed in an 84-86 mph sharp breaking slider as his out pitch that kept hitters off balance throughout the evening. Easy arm effort, that allows projection for a bump in velocity that could allow him to remain a starter at the next level. (Wilson)

7/20/18

Righthander Hunter Brown struck out three over two scoreless innings to earn the save in the 6-4 win against the Florida League. Over his first two seasons at Division II Wayne State (Mich), Brown has a modest line: 5-3, 4.60 with 64 strikeouts and 33 walks in 74.1 innings. But he has been a shutdown reliever for Bethesda this summer, posting a 1.32 ERA and a 21-7 K-BB mark in 20.1 IP. His control remains a work in progress, but his arm strength is obvious: he sat 91-93 Tuesday with a good power slider at 82-86, one of the better sliders in the event, a potential above-average offering. Brown profiles as a reliever, but if he can continue to refine his control he has a chance to be one of the better Division II prospects for the 2019 draft.

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