|Report Date:||February 25th, 2018|
Coming off a stellar freshman year where he was named to several All-American teams, Hiatt figures to play a big role again for the Tar Heels this season. While smaller in stature at 5’11” and 190 pounds, Hiatt displayed durability by pitching in the fireman role for North Carolina in their season opening series against South Florida.
Hiatt’s delivery features above-average arm speed, compact arm action, and a high three-quarters slot. His 90-to-92 mph fastball has fringe-average sink, but he shows average command of the pitch, using it to set up his off-speed arsenal. At 75-to-79 mph, his curveball is fringe-average with minimal depth that hitters could see early. He mainly used the curveball early in counts to work ahead to both righties and lefties. The primary secondary pitch for Hiatt is a changeup at 84-to-86 mph with quality hard action similar to a split-finger. He had a tendency to overuse the pitch and would sometimes struggle to repeat it, but it shows plus potential as an out pitch to both righties and lefties. Without a truly effective breaking ball, Hiatt’s ceiling is limited and looks like a middle relief option at the next level, but one who should move quickly due to the quality of the changeup.