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Diamondback’s Top Prospect #8: RHP Landon Sims

Surname: Landon Sims

Age: 21

Position: starting pitcher

Acquired: 2022 MLB Draft, Competitive Balance Round A (34), $2.347M signing bonus

Tool: Fastball 65, Slider 70, Changeup 40, Command 50, Overall 50

Sims has an explosive fastball with a high spin rate and carry at the top of the zone that’s in the mid 90’s and tops out at around 98 MPH. He also handles arguably the best slider in the Diamondbacks system, averaging mid-80s with lots of late and horizontal sweep. Those two pitches are already double blinking and are good enough to become a big league pitcher. His move is well behind his other two spots but will be key for him to develop if he wants to be a big league starter. He might consider adding a fourth pitch to use as a backup against lefties if the switch never develops.

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