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Hess transitioned to the starting rotation this spring with Louisiana State, but didn’t have the results he was looking for. After striking out 12.3 batters per nine with a 3.12 ERA as a freshman out of the bullpen, Hess’ strikeout rate dropped to 10.4 and his ERA surged to 5.05 this spring as a starter. Because of that—and his pronounced head whack—scouts believe he’ll be a reliever at the next level, which is why he lasted until the 34th round as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2018. With a low- to mid-90s fastball and a low-80s slider with sharp bite, the 6-foot-6 righthander could be a weapon out of the bullpen. He did look much better this summer with the Collegiate National Team, however, showing both improved command and noticeable progress with a low-80s changeup.