The Rockies are promoting power-hitting outfielder David Dahl, and it's not difficult to see why: The 10th overall pick in the 2012 Draft has been crushing the ball ever since he arrived in the pros. In more than 1,600 plate appearances, Dahl has hit a scorching .310/.357/.513, despite an on-field injury in 2015 so serious that it required his spleen to be removed. He's been even better this year, hitting .314/.394/.569 combined at Double-A and Triple-A.
But while the focus will be on Dahl's offense and especially how Coors Field might make it look even better, that's not the only tool that him brings to the Majors. Ever since he was selected, references to a good throwing arm were tucked away in scouting reports. When Dahl was ranked baseball's 55th-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com in 2013, it was noted that he had "a plus arm." Now that he's Colorado's No. 2-ranked prospect, it's "a strong, accurate arm [that] is better than most." And because Dahl played at Petco Park in the Futures Game earlier this month, we were able to get him in front of Statcast™'s tracking radars to see if the numbers held up to the reputation. They did.
Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.