|Report Date:||April 16th, 2018|
Perkins was the highest profile arm to throw at the Prep Baseball Report Midwest Select on Friday, and turned in a performance he’d probably like to forget. Pitching against Ohio powerhouse Cincinnati Moeller, Perkins frequently ran into barrels, ultimately getting pulled with one out in the third inning, and his team already trailing 10-2.
Though he’s athletically built at 6’1” and 200 pounds, Perkins’ muscular frame doesn’t offer much by way of future projection. There’s a low-to-moderate level of effort in Perkins delivery, with a quick arm capable of generating plus velocity. Over the summer, his fastball sat at 93-to-95 mph in short stints, though in this outing he pitched in the 90-to-92 mph range, maxing out at 93. His command of the pitch was well below average, often leaving it up and over the fat part of the plate. Despite his struggles, his hard breaking ball – thrown at 80-to-83 mph – flashed the makings of a future above average pitch, missing bats with sharp two-plane break. He occasionally displayed some feel for a firm 83-to-84 mph changeup, though he was working behind in too many counts to throw it with any regularity.
Perkins checked in near the back of our Mid-Season MLB Draft 125, though he appeared to show a need for some collegiate level seasoning during this outing. Should he follow through on his commitment to Louisville to smooth out his edges, his appealing three pitch mix could be an asset to Dan McDonnell’s pitching staff.