Amateur Draft Profile: Cameron Bedrosian, RHP, East Coweta HS (Georgia)

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Summary

The son of former big leaguer Steve Bedrosian, Cameron is an undersized high school righthander with great stuff and pitchability, utilizing a plus fastball/plus slider combination to go after hitters.  Some believe he's one of the more underrated draft prospects, but he still profiles to go in the first few rounds.

Floor

Bedrosian's floor is likely as a relief pitcher, perhaps in the back end of a big league bullpen.  Watching videos of him, he reminds me a lot of Bud Norris, though reports make it sound like he could have better command.  Still, he has similar size, a similar build, similar pitches, and even similar mechanics.  If you think Norris will stick as a starter, maybe Bedrosian will too.  If not, he should still become a useful relief pitcher.

Ceiling

According to Baseball Beginnings, Bedrosian likes to experiment and has a lot of raw pitches in his toolbox; if you can think of it, he can probably throw it, though it doesn't sound like any of them (barring the fastball, slider, and maybe changeup) are very good pitches.  Professional coaching could allow him to improve one or more of them and weed out the rest, and with his stuff, that would give him excellent upside as a starting pitcher.  He's not the projectable type in terms of his velocity, but he already has good enough stuff (up to 96 MPH), so that may not be a problem.

College Commitment

LSU

Will the Astros pick him? If so, where?

The Astros like to pick high school righthanders, but they typically go for big, projectable types.  Still, Bedrosian's good makeup and big league bloodlines may be tempting to them.  This is a deep high school pitching class, so I wouldn't expect to see them pick Bedrosian before the second round, and maybe not even then.

Ed. note: The only wild card with Bedrosian is he's from Georgia, where the Astros have a solid scouting presence. They've taken two players from Georgia in the first three rounds each of the past two drafts. If Bedrosian has a good workout for Heck and Co., he might sneak into that supplemental first round.

Where is he projected to go right now?

Keith Law has him at No. 26 to the Rockies.

Andy Seiler does not have him in the first round.

Frankie Piliere does not have him in the first round.

Deep Leagues has him at No. 34 in the supplemental first round to the Blue Jays.

Jonathan Mayo does not have him in the first round.

Perfect Game USA does not have him in the first round.

Baseball America does not have him in the first round.

Bibliography (scouting reports and video)

MLB.com

Baseball Beginnings

Keith Law's take:

Former big leaguer Steve Bedrosian's son has emerged this spring as a potential top-50 pick, and it's not a function of his famous surname.

Cam Bedrosian works primarily with two pitches, a 92-94 mph fastball that will flash a little better and a tight two-plane curveball from 76-79 mph that he throws for strikes. He does throw a mid-80s slider and a changeup up to 80 mph, but rarely uses either pitch, going to the curve in any count and against both left- and right-handed hitters. He's a drop-and-drive guy with a long stride towards the plate; I don't love the way his arm works -- he pronates his elbow very late -- and he throws a lot of breaking balls at an age when that might not be the best thing for his arm.

He's not as advanced as the Whitson-Covey class of prep arms and doesn't have the projection of Sanchez or Cole, but he fits well in the group after the first half-dozen high school right-handers.

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