MLB Draft Countdown: #36, Tanner Burns, Auburn, RHP

Player: Tanner Burns Draft Day Age: 21
School: Auburn Position(s): RHP
Height: 6’ Weight: 210 lbs. Bats: Right Throws: Right
Fastball: 92-97 but sits 92-94. Runs arm side. Mild downhill plane. Cross body action keeps ball hidden and allows pitch to get on hitters quick playing near plus despite being slightly above average in terms of raw stuff.
Change: 82-83. Some dip and run. Used sparingly and needs work to become consistent. Flashes average and a nice third offering.
Curve: 78-81, can be slurvy. Best at lower velo. Even when into the 80s it has plenty of depth and curveball break. May be pitch with highest upside.
Delivery/Mechanics: Cross body action with 3/4 arm slot and falls to 1B side. Plenty of strain through the shoulder and proven to be the case with shoulder concerns sophomore year and regularly wears down as season goes on.
Summary: A lot of good pieces, no special pieces, Burns gets as much out of his stuff as anyone in the draft class. He has above average command of his pitches despite some concern in the delivery, allowing all of his pitches to play up. He has been a workhorse for Auburn, but there is some concern about his ability to stick as a starter long term. If he does, the change really needs to gain consistency and he needs to prove he can handle the workload. If he moves to the pen, his breaking ball alone will make him a quality big league reliever.

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