The Cleveland Indians selected Aaron Davenport – Right-handed Starting Pitcher with the sixth-round pick (186th overall) in the 2021 MLB Draft.
Aaron Davenport – Right-handed Starting Pitcher
School: Hawaii; Age: 21 Height: 6’0; Weight: 185 Throws: Right
Aaron Davenport Pre-Draft Rankings:
IBI- 5-7 round
MLB.com – unranked
Baseball America – 191
Prospects Live– unranked
Willie Hood’s Analysis:
The Rainbows Friday night starter is one of the younger college juniors in the draft class. He was a starting pitcher throughout the majority of his collegiate career. Davenport recorded 30 career starts and appeared in a handful more games in a relief capacity. In 2021, the right-hander struck out 97 batters (10.07 K9), walking 21 (2.18 BB9) across 86.2 innings.
Davenport is another pitcher with a short arm circle similar to his draft peers Doug Nikhazy and Tanner Bibee. The Washington state native utilizes high three-quarters/near over-the-top delivery, giving him deception. The right-hander sits in the upper 80’s to low-90’s and touches 94 mph with his fastball. He utilizes a top-to-bottom high-spin mid-70’s hammer of a curveball that flashes plus or better potential. Rounding out his three-pitch mix is an average change-up that appears to offer growth potential. Overall, Davenport is a strike-thrower with the potential for plus control.
Justin Lada’s Take:
Davenport has the over-the-top delivery Cleveland really likes right now that he uses to get good life up in the zone and play above being 90-93 and hitting 95, and pairs it with a big 12-6 direction curveball. He’s not a physical arm but he has an arsenal that works well together and he has above average command. He’s also a fiery guy on the mound, continuing that theme for Cleveland. Another guy who can fill out the rotation with two average pitches and a chance for a third with good command, pitch metrics, deception and plus metrics.
RHP AARON DAVENPORT
Recorded an ERA of 3.74 in 13 starts during his junior season for the Rainbows (86.2IP, 82H, 36ER, 21BB, 97SO). Posted a collegiate ERA of 3.78 in 32 games/30 starts (173.2IP, 173H, 73ER, 47BB, 180SO). The Duvall, WA native was All-Big West honorable mention in 2021 and posted a 4-0 mark with a 2.15 ERA in 5 starts in 2020 before the pandemic canceled the season (7ER/29.1IP).
Cleveland Indians Scouting Director Scott Barnsby on Aaron Davenport
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