IP 171
ERA 5.368
WHIP 1.608
BB/9 5.105
SO/9 6.737
  • Full name Carson Sands
  • Born 03/28/1995 in Tallahassee, FL
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 205 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School North Florida Christian
  • Drafted in the 4th round (109th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2014 (signed for $1,100,000).
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    Sands, who is old for the class at 19 years old, has been known since he was an underclassman on the showcase circuit, showing intriguing potential against older competition and winning a Gold Medal on the 2012 18-and-under USA Baseball national team (as one of two rising juniors on the team). But evaluators felt some prospect fatigue as he remained a similar player over the showcase circuit last year, with some belief that he may have plateaued. But he has come on strong this spring, especially once the weather began to warm. He went from sitting 88-90 mph, touching 91, to sitting 90-92, touching 94 and 95. Sands, who has a quick arm, has also reduced the effort in his delivery, quieting a head whack, and throwing more strikes. His delivery offers deception, downhill plane and at least average glove-side run to his fastball. Sands' breaking ball has improved significantly, and has at least average potential, flashing above-average. Scouts also like the way he throws his breaking ball for strikes. The Florida State commit showed better feel for his changeup last summer, and the offering has at least average potential. The lean, 6-foot-2, 205-pound Sands has a good pitcher's build with room to get stronger. Sands' younger brother Cole has a low-90s fastball and has followed in his brother's footsteps as an underclassman who has drawn notice on the showcase circuit. He will likely be a priority follow for the 2015 draft.

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