Tyler Mahle might not look like a Major League pitcher now, but the Reds' seventh-rounder and 225th overall pick has the potential to be one.
The right-handed pitcher out of Westminster (Calif.) High School weighs in at under 180 pounds, but his 6-foot-2 frame allows for room to grow. That's what has the Reds and senior director of amateur scouting Chris Buckley excited about the young prospect.
"What you try and do when you take a high school pitcher is get that guy with good mechanics that you can work with," Buckley said. "We pick guys that have good deliveries."
Right now, Mahle's fastball will sit in the high 80s, though some reports have him topping out at 92 mph on occasion. He should see an uptick in velocity as he fills out. His curveball and changeup need a lot of work, but both pitches have the chance to be average or better.
Mahle has smooth mechanics and a repeatable delivery, leading many to believe that he will have good command in the future. Mahle also has a great feel for pitching and is very aggressive on the mound.
He is committed to play at UCSB, where his brother, Greg, plays, but Buckley said after talks with all three high school players taken on Friday, he thinks there's a good chance the Reds will be able to sign Mahle.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.