The Cleveland Indians selected Tommy Ventimiglia, Right-handed Pitcher, with the 18th round pick (546th overall) in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Tommy Ventimiglia – Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

School: Longwood HS, NY
Age: 17.9
Height: 6’4; Weight: 205
Throws: Right

Tommy Ventimiglia Pre-Draft Rankings:

Perfect Game – 453

Willie Hood’s Analysis: 

The 17-year-old Stony Brook commit worked out with Access Baseball in Long Island, NY. The right-handed pitcher trained with the Arizona Diamondbacks third-round draft pick Jacob Steinmetz. Ventimiglia went 4-2 in 2021 for Longwood High School, posting a 1.22 ERA, recording 42 strikeouts, and limiting hitters to a .190 BAA across 28.2 innings pitched in 2021.

The prep right-hander is young for the draft class, cold weather arm from Middle Island, New York (Long Island area) that throws various pitches, including a fastball, cutter, slider, curveball, and changeup. His fastball currently runs up to 92 but typically sits in the 89-92 range. There is reason to believe that his velocity will continue to improve as he develops and matures physically. Ventimiglia’s slider has promising horizontal movement with the potential to become an above-average weapon. The projectable right-hander displays an athletic, repeatable delivery from a three-quarters arm slot with a finishing leg kick somewhat reminiscent of former-Indians right-handed pitcher Mike Clevinger. Ventimiglia shows physical projection to dream on in terms of physical projection. In the coming days, Ventimiglia is expected to sign and forego his collegiate commitment to Stony Brook.

Justin Lada’s take:

There’s a real power arm inside of Ventimiglia. He’s not quite 18 yet, a big framed kid who throws in the low-90s already and shows the potential for two above average breaking balls. With his size and projectability, there’s sleeper upside in an arm like this. High school arms are always a risk and Cleveland will almost certainly play it safe and slow with him, but to take someone like this in the 18th round they clearly see the upside and what he could become. He’s got an aggressive but athletic delivery and comes from a high arm angle. As he grows and gets stronger and Cleveland works with him, it’s easy to see mid-90s from him regularly. There could be some relief risk here but everything about his profile looks like a sleeper power arm whether it’s in the rotation or bullpen.

Press release:

Stony Brook commit was a four-year letter-winner and two-year captain at Longwood … Through 28.2 IP as senior
in 2021, produced 4-2 record, 42 strikeouts, 1.22 ERA and .190 opponent batting average.

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