|Report Date:||March 21st, 2018|
Listed at 6’3” and 195 pounds, Denaburg certainly looks the part and has an ideal pitcher’s frame. Built with lean muscularity throughout, there is projectable width across his upper-half as he finishes filling out. He pitches from a full windup with a compact arm-circle in the back, and his arm works quickly through a clean high three-quarters slot.
In his March 16th start against Jesuit, Denaburg threw with a bit less velocity than he’s shown in the past, touching 93 mph early in the outing and sitting in the 90-to-92 mph range. His fastball shows consistent heavy life, able to generate weak contact and miss bats when he locates it. A 76-to-80 mph curveball is his primary off-speed pitch, and it has the chance to be a true swing-and-miss offering. He’ll show late, sharp, power bite on the breaking ball, and he has confidence to land it for strikes—he twice froze a hitter with a curveball in a 3-2 count. Something new from Denaburg in this look was a slider in the 84-to-86 mph range. Though the action was cut-like and lateral more than a pitch that changes planes, it’s an interesting wrinkle for his arsenal moving forward.
Denaburg was erratic at times during this outing, especially in terms of his in-zone fastball command. Scouts in the area believe that some of his fatigue can be attributed to serving as his team’s catcher (and occasionally an outfielder) in addition to serving as Merritt Island’s ace. One of the top prep righties in this draft class, Denaburg’s frame and power stuff give him mid-rotation upside.