If Zach Schellenger can stay healthy, he could climb his way up the Red Sox prospect rankings. However, that’s a huge “if”. The 2017 draft pick has pitched just 19.1 innings in his minor league career, appearing in just 15 games. However, he has a great pitch tool when healthy which could earn him a role in the majors.
Red Sox Prospects: Zach Schellenger
The best part about Zach Schellenger as a prospect is his fastball. When healthy, Schellenger could hit triple-digits with the heater, and he demonstrated this ability back in school. With his 6′-6″, 210-pound frame, Schellenger has the desired build you’d want in a pitcher.
Schellenger complements this fastball with a promising slider. While it’s not as good as his fastball, it has a long break and can make batter miss at the plate. It comes in with high-70’s velocity, which should play well off his fastball. Schellenger also has a changeup, but that offering is very inconsistent at this point in time.
Zach Schellenger has actually been pretty effective when on the mound. Pitching between rookie ball and Low-A Greenville, Schellenger has compiled a career 2.33 ERA with a 2.69 FIP, 13.50 K/9, and a 4.66 BB/9. Outside of the walk rate, these are all great numbers and show promise for the future.
What To Work On
The most important thing for Schellenger is proving that he can stay healthy. Schellenger suffered a biceps injury as a his senior year, which cost him some velocity on that fastball. Additionally, Schellenger missed a large portion of 2018 with an undisclosed injury.
These injuries took something off his fastball, and Schellenger needs to prove that he can get his velocity back. There are whispers he’s hitting triple-digits again, but SoxProspects.com says he was only in the low-90’s when they scouted him.
At this point in his development, it’s hard to tell what he can and cannot do. Injuries have limited him to just 19.1 professional innings, which is hardly a reliable sample size. He has a fascinating pitch tool, but he needs to prove he can reliably and consistently use it on the mound.
It’s hard to project Zach Schellenger, simply because there’s so much unknown with him. Having pitched less than 20 professional innings, there’s no way to tell what he is and is not capable of as a pitcher.
The biggest thing with Schellenger is getting healthy and staying on the mound. If he truly has recovered from his various injuries, he’ll need to get on the mound and prove that he can consistently push triple-digits. Once he does that, he needs to prove that his body can survive an entire seasons’ worth of work.
This is a very big “if”, but if he can do all that, he should see his stock soar. Schellenger has a fantastic pitch tool and has been successful in his limited outings. If everything breaks right, he has the ability to be a mid- to late-relief arm at the major league level.