Written by: Jake Tillinghast
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Josh Hartle is your standard high upside, big, projected lefthander you cant help but get excited about and expect to hear his name on Day 1 of the 2021 MLB Draft. Standing 6’5″ with as easy a delivery and arm speed as you will find. Touching low-mid 90s presently, you can easily see the Left-hander touching mid 90s consistently with a chance at bumping 95+ MPH at times in the near future.
At this stage, Josh Hartle is neck and neck with Gage Jump as the top Left-handed High School Pitcher in the class, both have Day 1 talent, you can read about each in my personal HS rankings, which you can find HERE.
MLB Draft Scouting Report
LHP | Josh Hartle | Age: 18.3
Commitment: Wake Forest
**Age is at time of the 2021 July Draft**
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The video below is of Josh Hartle’s performance from the PG National showing off his stuff with a strong outing. You can see below in both videos the tough arm angle Hartle generates and how deceptive he can be with it. Not to mention the stuff he has. The Fastball, Curveball shown here was to 2 separate hitters, Maxwell Muncy and Cody Schrier, 2 Southern California SS Prospects who happen to be some of the best in their class at their position.
Josh Hartle is far from a finished product as mentioned above. Once fully developed, Hartle has a chance at molding into a fantastic top of the rotation arm if that velo bump is as effective as I and many seem to think it will. Mix that new heater with his plus control and strong secondaries that will only improve with playing off that improved Fastball. I fully expect Hartle to be pumping 94-95+ at his peak and start generating a good amount of swing and misses in the process. Keeping the ball on the ground well generating high amounts of groundballs already will suit him well moving forward to limiting damage with runners on base.
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