This kid deserves to be somewhere in the 15-20 range in the Reds prospect rankings. A few points:
1) Statistically, look at his strikeout-hits ratio. 89 K's, 29 H's. Off the charts. ERA of 1.35. Allowed nine runs all year. Allowed no unearned runs all year, so the 1.35 is very legit.
2) Fastball consistent at 94, pretty much every pitch. Will hit 95 once an inning maybe. Will be at 93 maybe one pitch per inning if that. The rest are 94. Also throws a breaking ball frequently. Working on a change that is getting better.
3) Tremendous make-up. Great competitive fire. Wants the ball against the other team's best hitter with the game on the line. That is rare. Smart kid, the second highest career passing yards total in Tennessee high school football history. Personality very similar to Jake Peavy in that his competitive nature will break out something extra.
4) His age is the only thing that you would mark him down for, but for power pitchers, you see guys get to the big leagues at 26 and have success. He will be in Double-A next year almost certainly, at 24, which is not out of line for that level.
I see a lot of guys on the big league roster that do not have this kind of power arm.
(Note: I just knocked on wood; playoff games remaining).