Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Matthews, North Carolina
Born: March 31, 1993
Buttrey hails from the same high school that produced fellow potential first-rounder Richie Shaffer, and while he will no doubt trump Shaffer’s original drafting spot (25th-round in 2009), scouts and team officials have been puzzled by his recent drop off in velocity. Early this spring the right-hander was hitting 95-96 mph with regularity, but over the course of the season he’s seen his velocity drop down to the high 80s and low 90s.
His curveball has also been inconsistent, not resembling the strong offering that has looked in the past like one of the top curves in the draft.
Now that the negatives are out of the way, let’s get to the positives. When Buttrey’s fastball is on, it’s an excellent offering, and paired with his curve and his changeup, he has an impressive arsenal that should allow him to blossom as a starter at the next level.
His massive frame should also allow him to be a valuable inning-eater. Athletically, Buttrey is also off the charts. He was an great two-way player during his career at Providence, even providing the game-winning hit in last year’s state championship game.
Buttrey’s name has been mentioned as of late in first and second round consideration, and there’s an outside chance he could sneak into the top 20 picks assuming teams aren’t scared about his dip in velocity.
Fastball: 90-95 mph
Curveball: 74-79 mph
Changeup: 80-85 mph