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The Book on Aaron Northcraft
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Aaron Northcraft / RHP, ATL
Tuscon, AZ, USA
School: Mater Dei HS (CA)
605 | 4/15/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (7/29/2014): #757
MiLB.com Season Preview: Unranked or n/a
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Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
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Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A pitchability prospect with a steadily improving strikeout rate, Braves pitcher Aaron Northcraft doesn't wow scouts, but he sure gets results. Northcraft struck out 160 in 152 innings while walking only a third that many. The perfect game he threw for the Lynchburg Hillcats finally put him on the radar, though he's been improving for the last three seasons in relative obscurity. He mixes a low-90's fastball with an above-average curve and an improving changeup. None of his pitches are plus, but he commands them well and does an excellent job of messing up hitters' plans, leading to a very high ground ball rate to go with his high swing-and-miss success. He doesn't have the sex appeal of some of the raw stuff prospects in the Braves system, but he could quietly slide into the middle of almost any MLB rotation come 2014-15 if he just keeps doing what he's doing.
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