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The Cleveland Guardians selected Adam Tulloch- LHSP in the 15th round of the 2022 MLB Draft

Adam Tulloch – LHSP

School: Arizona State
Age: 22; Ht: 6’2; Wt: 205
Throws: Left

Pre-Draft Rankings:

GBI – 11-15 rounds
Baseball America – NR
Perfect Game – 458
Prospects Live – 458

Willie Hood’s Analysis:

The left-hander is well traveled over his collegiate career spending time at four different schools. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at Wingate and Central Florida Community College. The Florida native transferred to West Virginia for his junior season in 2021. Working as starter/reliever, he made 8 starts and 13 appearances logging 37.1 innings with 52 strikeouts (12.54 K%) and 31 walks (7.47 BB%). That summer (2021), he pitched with the Chatham Anglers (CCBL) making 5 starts in 8 appearances logging 29 innings while striking out 43 (13.34 K%) with 8 walks (2.48 BB%). Tulloch was drafted in the 17th round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Instead of opting to sign, he chose to transfer to Arizona State for one more go at enhancing his draft stock. This season, Tulloch made 18 appearances including 17 starts logging 67.1 innings of work with 85 strikeouts (11.36 K%) to 38 walks (5.08). Presumably, the Guardians hope consistency and their pitching development group can maximize the arm talent Tulloch possesses. Cleveland selected his teammate with the Sun Devils, Joe Lampe in round 3.

On the mound,  Tulloch displays a strong medium athletic frame with a three-quarters delivery. His high-spin heater sits in the low-90s and touches 94-96 mph with riding life. He pairs it with an upper 80s cutter, a 79-83 mph slider that flashes above-average to plus potential, and an 83-85 mph changeup that’s less projectable. The whole package flashes starting pitcher material, but the command hasn’t followed suit. Right now, he features below-average command but is generally around the strike zone. The command issues may require a mechanical change(s) or could be addressed with a shift to the bullpen where his stuff could play up. Tulloch is expected to sign in the coming days.

Press release:

Tulloch, 22, made 17 starts for the Sun Devils in 2022, collecting 85 strikeouts. Last summer, he ranked third in the Cape
Cod League with 43 punchouts in just 31.0 innings as a member of the Chatham Anglers. The southpaw began his collegiate
career at Wingate University in 2019, finishing 6-2 with a 2.42 ERA (13ER/48.1IP) before transferring to the College of
Central Florida for his redshirt freshman campaign the following year, making 6 appearances/5 starts and turning in a 2.88
ERA (8ER/25.0IP) while registering 15.1 strikeouts-per-9.0IP before the season was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He transferred to West Virginia University in 2021, going 0-4 with a 6.27 ERA (26ER/37.1IP) in 13 games/8 starts. Tulloch
was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 17th round (552nd overall) of the 2021 MLB Draft.

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