Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Born: July 24, 1994
Underwood is one of the top pitching prospects hailing from the state of Georgia, which has been a great source of talent for big-league clubs over the years. He doesn’t have a ceiling as high as some of the most recent, including 2009 first-rounder Zack Wheeler, but he has enough potential that he could sneak into the supplemental first-round.
Underwood is a lithe, athletic right-hander with a power arm that at first glance reminds a bit of 2010 first-rounder Taijuan Walker. He has great velocity, capable of reaching 97-98 mph, and the makings of an above-average curveball. In the field, he’ll be an above-average defender.
Underwood also carries on in the tradition of many Georgia draft picks in that he’s a legitimate two-way player who could be a day one pick as a position player. At the plate he’s a gap-to-gap hitter who relies on his speed to rack up doubles and triples. Not too much home run power in his swing. Holes in his swing make him a better bet to reach his potential on the mound.
On defense, he’s an above-average defender in the outfield, where he’s played mostly center.
Fastball: 91-96 mph
Curveball: 72-78 mph
Changeup: 79-83 mph