Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Born: May 10, 1994
The 2012 draft will get another strong influx of talent from the state of Georgia, one that has produced some very impressive talent over the years. Aside from Byron Buxton, who will likely pursue a path as a position player, right-hander Lucas Sims is easily the top pitcher in the state, combining great velocity (91-95 mph) with a very clean delivery and a sturdy frame (6’2″, 195 lbs).
Despite his excellent velocity, experts argue that Sims’ best pitch is his curveball, which is one of the best in the high school crop. He also throws a changeup, and it too is incredibly polished for a high-schooler.
Sims is also an incredible athlete, and is one of his team’s top hitters as well as its staff ace.
A Clemson commit, Sims shined at the National High School Invitational, where he outdueled another top pitcher, Ryan Burr.
Fastball: 92-97 mph
Curveball: 71-77 mph
Changeup: 79-82 mph