Top-10 Profiles of 2019: No. 5 Adam Dowler


By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

Oswego East’s Adam Dowler, one of the best left-handers in the state’s 2021 class, had a roller coaster 2019 in which he announced his de-commitment from Purdue in June when a coaching change occurred in West Lafayette, Ind. Dowler reevaluated his options and two weeks later he was back off the market with a verbal commitment to Louisville.

Regardless of where he’s playing in the fall and spring 2021-22, Dowler is one of the best juniors in the Midwest, if not the country.

He’s a 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete with a live arm. Our staff last saw him in July at the PBR Limited Series in Normal where he was pitching for the White Sox Elite. There, Dowler sat 84-86 mph, touching 87, while mixing in a separator of a slider at 76-80 mph. His pure stuff work in combination with his competitiveness on the bump and moxy, making him one of the best prospects in the state. Currently, he’s the No. 2-ranked player in Illinois’ ‘21 class.

Dowler took immediate advantage of the chances he was given for the Wolves on varsity and quickly became one of their most reliable arms. Oswego East is slated to have a strong staff this spring, too, and Dowler is capable of taking them even further in 2020.

NO. 5: ADAM DOWLER

Adam Dowler

Class of 2021 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Oswego East
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: White Sox Elite 17u Black
  • Height: 6-4
    Weight: 220lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
87
Max FB
(02/17/19)
84 - 86
FB
(02/17/19)
74 - 75
CB
(02/17/19)
77 - 81
CH
(02/17/19)
76 - 80
SL
(07/12/19)
Pitching
Max FB
87
FB
84 - 86
SL
76 - 80
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
81 - 85
CB
71 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
87
FB
84 - 86
CB
74 - 75
CH
77 - 81
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
81 - 83
CB
70 - 72
CH
75 - 75
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
81 - 82
CB
71 - 73
CH
74 - 78
Position
7.79
60-yard
80
INF Velo
86
Exit Velo
4.69
H-1st
Position
INF Velo
80
H-1st
4.69
Exit Velo
85
Position
60-yard
7.79
INF Velo
77
Exit Velo
86

Scouting Report

6/24/19

Verbally committed to Louisville.

6/12/19

Announced his de-commitment from Purdue.

4/05/19

Verbally committed to Purdue.

3/15/19

Purdue commit. 6-foot-3, 200-pound left-handed pitcher, athletic projectable frame, loose levers with strength. Delivery is athletic, up-tempo, showed moxy and competitiveness on the mound, strong mound presence. Struck out the side in the seventh, fanned two on plus breaking balls for his age. Lively loose arm action, ¾ slot. Fastball ranged 81-85, hard finish through the zone, gets on hitters. Breaking ball has plus potential, swing-and-miss action, 71-72 mph, 1/7, flashed slurve action. High follow 2021 arm.

2/17/19

6-foot-3, 200-pound left-handed pitcher, athletic and strong build, plus frame, high projectability. Presence on the rubber, side steps into a sturdy, leg lift balance, leg kicks out and extends in-line to home, toe strikes closed, athletic finish with pop-up. Arm plays short and clean, speeds up quick after hand break, high ¾ window. Fastball has life through the zone, hard run, sat 84-86 mph, topped 87 mph. Curveball, 1/7 shape, gradual break, 74-75 mph. Feel for a changeup, hard fade deceptive off the fastball, 77-81 mph.

9.16.18 - 6-foot-3, 200-pound, extra-large, well-proportioned, high-ceiling left-handed pitcher. Stretch-only delivery, works slightly across his body. Arm works short, clean and quick from a high ¾ slot. Fastball, mostly straight action, late run at times, sat 79-82 mph, touched 83 once. Breaking ball was his go-to secondary pitch; 2/8 shape, late bite at times, 70 mph. High-follow 2021 arm.

7.23.18 - 6-foot-3, 200-pound, well-proportioned, extra-large, two-way prospect. High-ceiling left-handed arm. Works out of the stretch only, repeats delivery well for his size, works on-line, lands front toe closed. Clean, loose arm action, quick out front and comes out of a high ¾ slot. Fastball, thrown for strikes, arm-side-run, consistently pitches to the arm side, sat 81-83 mph. Curveball, thrown for strikes, 1/7 plane, occasional sharp action, 70-72 mph. Saw one changeup at 75 mph. At the plate, left-handed hitter, balanced setup, deep load, gets hands back and toe-tap stride. Long, uphill bat path, makes strong, hard contact to the pull-side at times. 85 mph exit velocity off a tee. Defensively, natural actions at first base, maintains body control, sure hands and fluid footwork around the bag at first. Throws topped at 80 mph across the infield. 4.69, home-to-first.

2.18.18 - 6-foot-3, 200-pound, two-way prospect, strong, athletically built, two-way prospect. Emerged as a high-follow 2021 left-handed pitcher. Works from the stretch-only, smooth rhythm, strong front-side and repeats well given size and age. Short, quick arm action out of a high ¾ slot. Fastball flashed hard, late arm-side-run at times, thrown for strikes, sat 81-82 mph. Curveball, maintains arm speed, feel, sharp action, tight spin, worked 1/7, 71-73 mph. Changeup, inconsistent action, 74-78 mph. At the plate, left-handed hitter, balanced setup, loads hands, short heel-lift stride. Long, level bat path, strong contact at times; 86 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, clean exchange, feel around the bag. Loose arm action, throws clocked at 77 mph across the diamond. 7.79 runner in the 60.

10.27.17 - 6-foot-3, 200-pound, strong, durable, two-way prospect. Put himself on the map as a high-follow 2021 arm. Arm works clean and quick. Showed feel for the strike zone and an advanced three-pitch mix for his age. Fastball sat 79-81 mph with finish through the zone. Breaking ball has tight spin, late action at 71-72 mph. Also showed feel for a changeup at 74 mph.

5.5.17 - Tall, physical left-handed hitter. Offensively, hits from a tall setup with a slight load. Path works uphill with some strength through contact. On the mound, left-handed pitcher with some projectability. In line direction, falls off the third base. Short arm action from a high ¾ angle. Fastball, sat 72-74 mph. Curveball, 1/7 shape, 64-66 mph.


 

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