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Wayne State University (MI)
St. Clair Shores Lakeview (HS) • MI
6-2 • 205LBS • R/R


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5/17/19:Two inning look at the top Division II draft prospect in 2019. Durable build at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. Sets up on the first base side of the rubber. Lands cross-body. Average arm action with a small cup and hook in back. Arm drags due to lower half rush, causing an inconsistent release point and resulting in more control than command. Blocks well, throwing against a strong front lower half. Loose and real quick arm out front from high three-quarter slot. Showed the ability to expand away with his fastball and ran it up to 98 mph, sitting mostly 94-97. Was very true with more down angle than wiggle. Played down a grade or more due to fair deception, lack of life and consistently staying away from hitters with his fastball. Effectiveness of fastball will be greatly increased when he develops the ability to pitch inside. Slider flashed above average at 85-87 with more sweep than depth. Threw it with confidence and in any count. Firm changeup to left-handed hitters at 88-90 with armside fade. Showed feel and will likely develop into a near average pitch in the future as he takes a few more mph off the pitch with pro instruction and reps. With a couple small adjustments and simply more experience, Brown could develop starter-type command and slot into the middle of a MLB rotation. If not, the back end of the pen where he can blow-and-go for an inning at a time is an obvious alternative. For the season Brown has 114 strikeouts vs 39 walks in 85 IP. He's likely a late Day One to early Day Two selection this June. (Seifert)

4/20/19:Brown took the mound against an overmatched UW Parkside club in his most recent start – a seven inning complete game shutout in which he punched out 10 while allowing just five hits and two walks. Despite less-than-ideal conditions (temperatures as low as the upper-30s with high winds), Brown showcased a solid plus fastball while mixing in an average slider and showing some feel for a developing changeup. The righty worked primarily from a high-three-quarters release out of his 6-foot-2, 203-pound frame, utilizing some mild crossfire to create additional angle. His four-seam fastball sat comfortably in the 94-to-96 mph range, touching multiple 97s, and he continued to hit those markers throughout the start while also showing a two-seamer in the 91-to-94 mph velocity band. Brown moves the ball around the zone well and had no issue overpowering the Parkside bats up in the zone. The action on the two-seamer is solid with some bore, helping to miss barrels, but the four-seamer is clean and true. Because the profile is more control over command, there is not insignificant risk that more advanced bats will be better able to capitalize on the four-seamer's path when Brown misses his spots – something that may be mitigated some by leaning more heavily on the angles he's flirting with right now. Brown's slider, at its best, is a tilted breaker in the mid-80s with moderate depth but good bite. In this viewing he battled his release a fair amount, dropping his slot getting softer horizontal action that pulled out of the zone early. It plays like a future above-average offering, and on multiple occasions Brown uncorked what looked like a cutter variation at 88 mph to the glove side that was intriguing (even if the execution was not intentional). His changeup is rudimentary, with straight, flat action, and will need some developmental attention at the next level. Right now, Brown has a strong future relief arm vibe about him, but it could very well be an arm capable of shouldering high-leverage innings at maturity. The developmental foundation already in place is impressive and he's one of the younger collegiate arms available (won't turn 21 until August), which affords a little bit of cushion in how a drafting team elects to grow his skill set. He should come off the board in the third or fourth round and there's room here to tease out Day One value with the right developmental approach.(Faleris)

4/7/19: 6-foot-2, 205 pound athletically built right-hander went seven innings allowed three earned runs, and struck out nine batters. Cruised early on striking out the first five batters faced. Repeated his delivery driving well off the mound. Hides the ball well with a letter high leg lift, and an explosive arm. Fastball sat 95-96 mph with late life, displaying above average command. Mixed in an 84-86 mph sharp breaking slider as his out pitch that kept hitters off balance throughout the evening. Easy arm effort, that allows projection for a bump in velocity that could allow him to remain a starter at the next level. (Wilson)

7-20-2018:Righthander Hunter Brown struck out three over two scoreless innings to earn the save in the 6-4 win against the Florida League. Over his first two seasons at Division II Wayne State (Mich), Brown has a modest line: 5-3, 4.60 with 64 strikeouts and 33 walks in 74.1 innings. But he has been a shutdown reliever for Bethesda this summer, posting a 1.32 ERA and a 21-7 K-BB mark in 20.1 IP. His control remains a work in progress, but his arm strength is obvious: he sat 91-93 Tuesday with a good power slider at 82-86, one of the better sliders in the event, a potential above-average offering. Brown profiles as a reliever, but if he can continue to refine his control he has a chance to be one of the better Division II prospects for the 2019 draft.


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