• Full name Chayce Michael McDermott
  • Born 08/22/1998 in Anderson, IN
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 197 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School Ball State
  • Drafted in the 4C round (132nd overall) by the Houston Astros in 2021 (signed for $375,000).
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    Ball State has been something of a pitching factory in recent years and has had at least one arm drafted in each of the past five drafts, most recently righthanders Kyle Nicolas (2020) and Drey Jameson (2019). McDermott looks to be next in that line of arms after posting a 3.27 ERA over 15 starts and 82.2 innings in his most extended season on the mound since getting to college. McDermott has been limited by injuries at times and missed his 2018 season thanks to recovering from Tommy John surgery. This spring he looked plenty healthy, with loud stuff headlined by an above-average fastball that sits in the 93-95 mph range and has been up to 98. He also throws two breaking balls. A mid-70s curve with 12-to-6 shape is his primary breaking pitch, but he also throws a low-80s slider that shows solid tilt and is more of a chase offering when he can land it down and to his glove side. Both pitches have above-average potential. McDermott has also infrequently thrown a mid-80s changeup, but he lacks feel for the pitch at the moment. McDermott’s medical history and an arm stroke that is lengthy with deep plunging action in the back raise some concerns and add reliever risk, but the 6-foot-3, 197-pound righthander has always shown bat-missing stuff when on the mound. His brother, Sean, played 18 games for the Grizzlies this season and his mother, Kim, played basketball at Indiana State.

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  • Norfolk Tides activated RHP Chayce McDermott.
  • RHP Chayce McDermott assigned to Norfolk Tides from Bowie Baysox.
  • RHP Chayce McDermott assigned to Norfolk Tides from Bowie Baysox.

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