Derek West

CLASS OF 2015

RHP

Derek
West

Pittsburgh
Trinity Christian Academy (HS) • FL
6-5 • 245LBS • R/R
2015 National

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5/24/15 - Big body with a big arm. FB was 90-93 with a long loose whippy arm from a ¾ slot. A tough angle against right handed hitters. He showed a fringy CV at 72-76 mph and a CHG at 80-85 mph. The knock on West in the past has been his inability to throw strikes consistently and repeat his delivery. However, this weekend he put 2 innings together where he pounded the strike zone with power stuff and ended up with the East squad MVP.

5/20/15 - Big body with a big arm. FB was 90-93 with a long loose whippy arm from a ¾ slot. A tough angle against right handed hitters. He showed a fringy CV at 72-76 mph and a CHG at 80-85 mph. The knock on West in the past has been his inability to throw strikes consistently and repeat his delivery. However, this weekend he put 2 innings together where he pounded the strike zone with power stuff and ended up with the East squad MVP.
Derek West is a 6-foot- 5 230 pound RHP from Trinity Christian Academy in Deltona Florida. West has a strong, athletic frame and a long 3/4 arm slot. His fastball sits at 89-91 mph but has topped out at 93 mph. West is an athletic player with very high ceiling. West had a 1.55 ERA and struck out 46 in 40 innings pitched last year as a junior for University HS.

8-20-2018:Six-foot-five, 245 pounds with a wide, durable pitching frame. Repeatable delivery with low effort actions. Stays tall and creates leverage. Shows consistent extension over stiff front leg. Arm swing has some length as it gets to high three-quarter release. Fastball sits 88-90 mph, tops at 91. Minimal life or movement. Finds a way to consistently miss barrels by creating a tough downward angle. Flashed curveball at 70-72 mph. Still developing more consistent shape/depth with the offering. Best secondary pitch is straight changeup at 81-84. While the CH grades out to average, it plays up due to West’s ability to effectively tunnel it with his FB. After missing his first two seasons (2016, 2017) at Pitt due to injury, he had a productive redshirt-sophomore season in 2018. Appears to be on track to regaining the form he showed as a prep righty in 2015. (D Jurik)

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