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MLB draft 2017 player profile: Alex Faedo, RHP

Faedo is the 4th best college arm on the board.

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Florida vs Texas Tech Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Faedo entered the season with a lot of hype surrounding him as he was one of the top four college arms. Brendan McKay and Kyle Wright have impressed, Bukauskas has been very good, and Faedo has been quietly solid.

Alex Faedo, 21 y/o | 6’5” | 225 | RHP | Junior

University of Florida

Season Stats (SP): 15 GS, 96.1 innings, 2.80 ERA, 113 K, 32 BB, .225 BA allowed

Following arthroscopic knee surgery on both knees, Faedo struggled to start the season. He started with a fastball sitting 90-94 mph. As the strength in his lower body returned, he sat 93-94 mph, at times touching 96 with strong sinking action. MLB Pipeline describes his slider as an “out pitch”, while his changeup should give him an average third pitch once it completes development. He doesn’t have the best of command, even though he stays around the zone.

Some scouts have opined that Faedo’s knee injuries make him much more of a risk than before, on top of the velocity questions. Should he sit 93 mph like he has of late, he profiles as a solid middle of the rotation pitcher that traverses the minors quickly.

Scouting grades, per MLB Pipeline

Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55

Chance of being there at 10th overall?

Very high. Though Faedo is a ‘safe’ pick, the earliest he has been mocked is to the Angels at ten. Unless there are major surprises, he should be on the board.