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CLASS OF 2019

RHP

Zach
Maxwell

Georgia Tech
North Paulding (HS) • GA
6-6 • 245LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Nelson Baseball School 18U Black

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2019 National

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Commitment

2019 DRAFT New York Yankees ROUND 30

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7/25/21

Cape Cod- A pure power pitcher with an enormous 6-foot-7, 275-pound physique, Maxwell was a strikeout machine as a 2YR FR at Georgia Tech this spring, fanning 56 in 32 innings — but also walking 41. He continued to miss a ton of bats this summer (25 K in 11.2 IP), and while his walk rate remained high, at least it dipped below a walk per inning. We've seen him up to 99 mph in the past, and he worked at 95-98 this summer, with good riding life up in the zone. He also featured a hammer curveball at 83-85 mph with hard downer action and spin rates in the 2600-2700 rpm range. With a high release and steep, downhill plane, Maxwell strikes an intimidating look for opposing hitters. He can struggle at times finding the zone, and he offers an unusual combination of being surprisingly hittable thanks to loose command, but also the ability to miss bats by the boatload. When he executes, he is simply overpowering. When his release is off, his breaking ball can hang and his fastball catches too much white. Maxwell has a pure reliever profile, and Holliday thinks he can be a major league closer in the Jonathan Broxton mold. He also stands out for his makeup, and he emerged as the leader of the pitching staff from the start of the summer to the finish.

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