Rob Kaminsky (@Kaminsky21)
St. Joseph Regional School (NJ)
Weight: 190 lbs
Kaminsky is committed to North Carolina, but likely the Cardinals believe they can buy him out of that committment.
Kaminsky isn’t tall at 6 feet and 190 pounds, but he’s a bulldog on the mound with some of the best present stuff in this year’s high school class. He repeats his athletic delivery well, features a fastball that sits in the 88-90 mph range and tops out at 93. Kaminsky throws his fastball to both sides of the plate and loves to challenge hitters inside. In addition to his fastball, Kaminsky mixes in a sharp, 76-79 mph hammer curveball and a solid 80-83 mph changeup.
Here's the video from MLB.com:
Analysis: Kaminsky, a North Carolina commit, already sits comfortably in the low 90s with a solid breaking ball and good feel for pitching, although his lack of size gives him little projection for more velocity.
Keith Law sees him as a #4 starter with the possibility to move up in projection because of his excellent command. Here's the link to his scouting report on ESPN.
Kaminsky lit the showcase scene on fire this summer, racking up strikeouts with an advanced repertoire from the left side. His fastball sits in the low 90s and can reach 94, but the exciting part is his curveball, which has legitimate plus-plus potential. He throws the hammer in the upper 70s and low 80s and generates excellent bite with 11-to-5 action. The pitch was unhittable this summer, and Kaminsky also has some feel for a change-up.
Here's Red Baron at Viva El Birdos on Kaminsky.The Baron is probably somewhere running naked through the streets:
Robert Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph Regional High School (New Jersey) So, what's so great about this guy? I think Robert Kaminsky might have the single highest ceiling of any pitcher in this draft class. That's saying something, considering the quality of some of the arms floating around, but I honestly believe it. A fastball that touches 95 already, and a curveball that is just asking for someone to take it out back of the middle school gym form the basis of what could be a truly dominating repertoire for the kid. He's got a decent feel for a changeup, too, but high school pitchers rarely do much of anything with a change, and Kaminsky is not really much different. He isn't a real big guy, and I'm sure that will frighten some teams off, but I personally couldn't care less. This is a special arm, and a potentially special pitcher, and I would dance naked in the streets if the Cardinals came away with him tomorrow night.