|Report Date:||April 23rd, 2018|
Florida traveled to Lexington on Thursday, where Singer shut down a Kentucky team that’s currently leading the Southeastern Conference in both On Base Percentage (.411) and Slugging Percentage (.511). Over seven innings, Singer held the Wildcats to just two runs on three hits, while striking out 10 and walking one, in front of a gaggle of national evaluators.
Using an abbreviated windup and an up tempo delivery, Singer consistently pounds the zone with three pitches. Singer employs a low three-quarter’s arm slot, and while it nullifies some of the downhill plane on the 91-to-93 mph fastball, the lower release point appears to enhance the sink and arm-side tail of the pitch. Where Singer separates himself from his collegiate peers, is the confidence he shows in pitching inside, placing his fastball in on the hands and righties and lefties alike. He’s also comfortable using his slider in any count. At 79-to-81 mph, with moderate depth and two plane break, Singer’s slider looked like a future average pitching in the outing, with its effectiveness stemming more from his command of the pitch than its tilt. Though it’s seldomly used in comparison with his slider, Singer’s changeup flashed plus, neutralizing left-handed hitters with tumble out of the zone, and arm speed that replicates his fastball.
Though there’s some debate within the industry whether Singer or teammate Jackson Kowar represent the best draft prospect in the Gators rotation, they’re both squarely in the first round. The strong performance in front of a bunch of front office heat presently gives Singer the edge.