Ability: He has a good feeling for his pitches. He has a great, sharp breaking ball and an above average fastball, 95, 96 mph. But it is a little straight and a little deliberate.
Past pressure: That's one of the problems with guys starting out on big league contracts at an early age (he received a $3 million signing bonus as a Cleveland Indians first-round pick in 2002). They are expected to deliver as a big leaguer. You are not going to [Single-] A ball, you are looked on as a big leaguer on a big league contract and there are a whole lot of expectations.
Outlook: He has good stuff, but he has to put it together in big league games and put it together for a lengthy period of time. Those days [in Cleveland] are behind him now. He has a great arm and is a great kid, but we'll see what happens from here.
Note: "A scout's take" features one major league scout's opinion on a particular player each week. Because of potential tampering, the scouts are anonymous.