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A Scouting Report on LHP Keegan Akin, Cold Weather Not His Friend (from @BabyBirdland)

Keegan Akin

The Bowie Baysox (Class-AA) lost to the Harrisburg Senators (Washington) by a score of 4-0 on Saturday. The main story line of the day was the silent bats of the Baysox; Bowie managed just 5 hits on the day and none of them were for extra bases.

I had the distinct privilege of reporting on the game from the press box for Baby Birdland. My main purpose yesterday was to provide the readers of Baby Birdland a scouting report on the Baltimore Orioles’ 2016 second round draft pick, LHP Keegan Akin.

Akin got the start on Saturday and faced 19 Harrisburg batters over 4.0 innings. His line on the day was 4 earned runs surrendered on 4 hits while giving up 1 homerun: he walked 3 and struck out 6 on the day. Akin gave up 3 consecutive 2 out doubles in the first inning and an opposite-field homerun to the number 9 hitter in the second inning; that was the extent of the Senators’ scoring. His third and fourth innings were relatively uneventful. In four innings of work, Akin threw 85 pitches, 52 of which were strikes.

The game time temperature was a brisk 44 degrees and I think that affected Akin. He stepped off the mound multiple times during his four innings of work and seemed to be always rubbing the baseball. Akin never really looked comfortable today and I think the cold may have contributed to that discomfort. In my opinion, he could not get a feel for the baseball early in the game due to the cold temperatures.

Akin did reach 93 mph on the stadium radar gun a few times but for the most part his fastball stayed in the 89-91 mph range. His curve ball was quite effective as it sat in the 78-80 mph range.

Akin missed his spots today and was all over the strike zone at times. His only clean inning was the third when he induced groundouts to second base and third base while ending the frame on a swinging strike out.

It was good to see Akin grind through the four innings today and it was especially good to see him settle down in the third and fourth innings. I am fairly confident that the cold played games with Akin’s grip and feel for the ball today and that he will bounce back in his next start.

Despite today’s difficulties, this 6’0”, 2225 lb. southpaw is the real deal. He is motivated to prove that he is healthy and worthy of the expectations that accompany a second round draft pick; I am not betting against him.

I look forward to Akin’s next start to see him get back on track.

** To read more from Josh Michael (founder/editor Baby Birdland), Nick Stevens and myself about all levels of the Baltimore Orioles minor leagues please visit Baby Birdland **

 

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