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    2021 MLB Draft 2nd Round Pick 59 Spencer Schwellenbach P/SS Nebraska

    No player in this Draft creates more split opinions on whether he has a brighter future as a hitter or pitcher than Schwellenbach. Though the Indians drafted him in the 34th round as a pitcher out of a Michigan high school in 2018, he didn't take the mound in college until this spring because of an elbow injury that he sustained as a prepster and required a ligament repair procedure after his freshman year at Nebraska. He has displayed three quality pitches as a closer in 2021 and some clubs envision him as a mid-rotation starter, while others think he could sneak into the first round as a shortstop. He won Big Ten Conference player of the year honors and the John Olerud Award as college baseball's top two-way player. The Cornhuskers have handled Schwellenbach's arm carefully and used him for just 31 2/3 innings this spring, but that was enough to show the makings of three plus pitches. He strolls in from shortstop at the end of games and unleashes 94-97 mph fastballs that have peaked at 99, low-80s sliders and mid-80s changeups with power sink. He commands all three offerings well with a simple delivery and definitely has the look of a starter, though it's unclear if he could handle that workload. Scouts have noted some parallels to Jacob deGrom, who barely pitched before his junior year at Stetson. While everyone loves Schwellenbach's pure stuff on the mound, there's more divergence about his value as a position player, with some teams seeing him fitting in the top two rounds and others valuing him five rounds lower. His biggest backers see him as an improving right-handed hitter who generates huge exit velocities and flashes plus running times, while others see his bat, power and speed as more ordinary. He obviously has a strong arm, and while he has a good internal clock at shortstop, the consensus is that his range is more suited for second or third base.

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    this was definitely not a secret, I had been seeing some rumors the Braves were thinking about him in the 1st round.

    They drafted him as a pitcher but, was just as good as a SS

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    Looks like Schwellenbach is set to undergo Tommy John surgery

    https://www.talkingchop.com/2021/8/3...y-john-surgery

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