Daniel Lynch rose up draft boards as the college season progressed. His fast ball, which typically sat 88-91 ticked up, occasionally hitting the mid-90s. As a tall, left hander, Lynch has good downward plane on his fastball that can be tough to hit and generate ground balls.
As a junior at the University of Virginia, Lynch started 13 games with a 4-4 record and 3.96 ERA in 88.2 innings. He struck out 105 and walked 24.
Like the Royals’ second pick, Lynch is the rare college player who may still have some projection in hims. At 6’4″ and only 195 pounds, Lynch has the opportunity to add a little weight and strength, which may increase his velocity even more.
Lynch has the potential for two plus offerings from the left side–his fastball and changeup. He also throws a slider, which has flashed at times, but seemed to regress some this spring. Despite his height and lanky frame, Lynch repeats his delivery fairly well, and as a result, he has decent command.
If Lynch can refine his slider, or get back to where it was on the Cape last summer, and pair it with his plus changeup and increasingly dynamic fastball, he has the makings of a front end starter. If he can’t, he can fall back as a two pitch, lefty reliever. He may not move as fast as Brady Singer, but in the end, he may have more upside.
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