San Diego drafted the athletic 6’5” lefty in the 7th round of the 2017 Draft. After showing well in his pro debut last summer for Short-Season Tri-City, Margevicius has torched the Midwest League this season. Through the first half of the year, he had struck out over 11 batters per-nine while walking less than two.
Margevicius has the qualities of a finesse lefty. His fastball sat in the 88-to-90 mph range, touching 91, with above-average armside movement and riding life when he was up in the zone. He will mix an infrequent cutter to righties in the mid-80s, showing pitchability and knowing when to change looks at the heater. He won’t get whiffs from better hitters like he is in A-Ball, but when you factor in above-average fastball command on top of the movement, Margevicius projects to pitch with an average fastball despite the fringy velocity. His best off-speed pitch was a low-70s curveball with 11-to-5 shape. There’s feel to land it to both sides of the plate, but the lack of power and sharpness won’t make it much of a bat-misser. His change is playable, a low-80s pitch with moderate fade that he can sell at armspeed.
Margevicius’ calling cards are command/control and pitchability, the reason he has posted such dominant numbers as an older pitcher with polish in the Midwest League. There’s enough here for a FV 40 longman or spot-starter, a great outcome for his draft position and underslot price tag.