• Full name Tyler Wayne Skaggs
  • Born 07/13/1991 in Woodland Hills, CA
  • Died 07/01/2019 in Southlake, TX
  • Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 225 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Santa Monica
  • Debut 08/22/2012
  • Drafted in the C-A round (40th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels in 2009 (signed for $1,000,000).
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    Skaggs has the most projectable frame of any California prospect in this draft class. Thin and lanky at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Skaggs has long arms, long legs, big hands and the angular and athletic build that could handle more muscle without becoming bulky. Skaggs' mother Debbie is the girls volleyball coach at Santa Monica High, and Tyler has also played football and basketball, though his emerging baseball talent caused him to drop the other sports. He cemented his reputation nationally with an outstanding performance last October in the World Wood Bat Championship, then pitched well this spring. He struck out 15 in a showdown with Bryan Berglund, and then tossed a 12-strikeout gem at the Anaheim Lions Tournament in front of 60 scouts. Skaggs' fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range, peaking at 92, and his four-seamer is most effective when it darts to his arm side. He adds a classic, over-the-top rainbow curveball, and has experimented with a slider. He will need to develop his changeup, but that pitch also shows promise. Utilizing an old-fashioned windup in which he brings his hands over his head and to the back of neck, Skaggs does a nice job of bending his back leg to drive off the rubber. He can fall into bad habits, such as rushing his delivery and overthrowing, and he'll have to be patient enough to let his velocity rise as his frame fills out. He should eventually pitch in the mid-90s, but that might not be for a few years. With his projectable build, easy arm action and promising stuff, Skaggs is one of the more enticing pitchers recently seen in Southern California. He's committed to Cal State Fullerton but is a likely first-round pick.

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  • Rated Best Curveball in the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013
  • Rated Best Breaking Pitch in the Pacific Coast League in 2012
  • Rated Best Breaking Pitch in the Southern League in 2012
  • Rated Best Pitching Prospect in the California League in 2011
  • Rated Best Breaking Pitch in the California League in 2011
  • Rated Best Curveball in the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011

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