Aaron West (Washington, RHP) - High-Speed Scouting (drivelinebaseball.com)





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Published on Apr 9, 2012


Aaron West is a draftable junior from the University of Washington. This film was shot at 210 frames per second from the April 5th, 2012 game vs. Stanford (Appel).

West touched 93 in the first inning with his four-seam fastball, but stayed between 89-91 for the remainder of the game. He flashed a decent slider at times, but he couldn't reliably throw for strikes and it occasionally flattened out when he got around it too often, turning it into a bad cutter.

West located his fastball and change-up very well and buried his slider when he needed to, but the Stanford hitters were able to lay off his breaking balls and punish the hard stuff when he left it up. West was officially tagged for 4 earned runs, but 2 of them were not his fault, as Anselment (C) was unable to block a few sliders in the dirt where West was clearly aiming.

West is a pitchability righty, which isn't saying a lot. Still, he's only walked 7 guys in 45 and 2/3 innings with 30 strikeouts, and his ERA sits at 2.56 despite the shoddy scorekeeping from Apr 5's game.

If West's fastball could reliably sit between 92-94 and he could locate his slider more often, his strikeouts would jump up and he'd be able to differentiate himself from the other average-velocity righties in the college ranks.

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