Erick Fedde, a 22 year old right-hander from Las Vegas, Nevada, is the fifth best prospect in the Washington Nationals system, according to MLB.com. He is 6'4" and weighs 180. He was drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft out of UNLV. Fedde sat out the 2014 season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. Let's take a look at Erick Fedde's 2015 season.
Fedde began his professional career in Auburn with the Doubledays and had a successful season. Fedde went 4-1 in 35 innings in Auburn. He struck out 36 and walked eight batters. On August 11, 2015 he received a promotion to Class A Hagerstown. His ERA jumped from 2.57 in the NYPL to 4.34 in Hagerstown. However, in 29 innings, Fedde went 1-2, striking out 29 with eight walks. He held hitters to a BAA of .224.
Fedde has a solid build with a repeatable delivery. He comes from a high 3/4 angle, starting with his hands high and drops them down to the belt with a clean break that allows him to hide the ball longer. From the stretch, Fedde keeps his hands at the belt and once again has a break that allows him to hide the ball longer from the hitter. Fedde has a plus fastball, sitting between 92-95, and a plus slider. His change is a pitch that still needs development, but is not far from his fastball and slider. I profile Erick Fedde as a #2 starter.
We will look for an even stronger season in 2016 for Erick Fedde as he will be a full year removed from Tommy John surgery, as well as having the experience of a professional season under his belt. Expect Fedde to throw around 100 innings next season, building from the 64 he threw this year between Auburn and Hagerstown.