Baltimore’s fourth-rounder in 2016 from a Virginia high school, Hanifee’s athleticism, projection, and control made him among the more interesting arms low in the system the last few years. He has moved steadily up the ladder, now in High-A as a 21-year-old. Hanifee hasn’t quite turned the corner scouts were hoping for and is still largely the same pitcher, something that’s beginning to catch up to him against better hitters.
Hanifee’s fastball sits around 90 mph and doesn’t get past the 91-92 mph range. He keeps it around the zone from a clean, repeatable delivery, though his typically strong walk numbers have backed up a good bit in 2019. There’s solid sink and run to the pitch, allowing Hanifee to manage contact and induce ground balls. He has made strides with both a short low-80s slider and fair changeup, though neither off-speed really moves the needle enough to project better than a complimentary pitch. Hanifee still has attributes to keep him on the prospect radar, but the ceiling now looks closer to that of a long/middle relief type than future back-of-the-rotation arm.