The Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of New York for the second year running, Scott Blewett is a St. John's commit who garnered a lot of buzz in the final few weeks of his high school career, leading some to suggest that he may even be jockeying for a first-round selection.
At 6'6" tall, 230 lbs., Blewett is a scout's dream, with plenty of projection left on his slender, athletic build. He has a mid-nineties fastball that a lot of folks think will continue to add velocity. And while it comes in straighter than ideal, he has a nice assortment of secondary pitches that he throws from his high 3/4s arm slot. His changeup has good life, and his curveball is a mid-70s offering with tight spin and excellent shape and depth.
A cold-weather prospect, Blewett arrived on the national scene in the 2013 Perfect Game National Showcase in Minneapolis, where he received a perfect 10.0 grade. He carried a very nice scout following into his high school season, and it only grew from there.
Per our own Brooks Parker, Blewett improved his arm circle from 2013 to this season. He protects his elbow well, with elbow flexion at max ER, and he decelerates his arm well. With clean mechanics, room to build, good arm strength, and a nice helping of secondary pitches, Blewett is a name to watch in this draft.
Blewett is an upside pick for whoever gets him. He'll probably move slowly through the system, and a lot could change by the time he arrives at the major league level. Still, he has tremendous upside, and it's not hard to envision him as a solid #2 on a competitive squad.
Projected Draft Round
It's possible that Blewett goes off the board at the end of the first round, and it's possible that he lasts into the third or even the fourth. It depends on how things play out, who's willing to spend the money on keeping him away from St. John's, and who is willing to take on the challenge of developing him.
Will He Sign?
Here's the rub. Blewett hasn't been shy about saying that if the money's not right, he's comfortable honoring his commitment to St. John's. In this article, he mentions that he and his family have determined what they think their value is. If that money isn't offered, he'll go to college. His signability concerns could benefit the team that ultimately covets him, as he could slide down draft boards as a result.