Joe Hope- is a Junior at Parkway North High School this year and is growing into a very solid right handed pitcher. Hope entered high school as a very raw product, with a great amount of potential for the future. After playing his freshman season on the JV squad, Hope wasted no time becoming the Vikings top ace as a sophomore.
Hope last season went 7-1 with 5 complete games in his sophomore year. Hope pitched a total of 72 innings that included a no hitter in the semifinals of the State Championship run last season. Hope supported a 3.40 era as a sophomore with 25 walks and 52 k’s.
This year Hope has continued his maturity on the mound with an undefeated record of 3-0 so far on the season. Hope has pitched 26 and 1/3 innings so far with 30 strikeouts. An era sub 3 at 2.63 overall to co-inside opponents batting average of .211 has been the story his year for the right hander.
Hope stands at about 6’1 165 and uses every bit of length he can to get his pitches where he needs them to be. Hope brings a high 3/4 arm angle and long stride towards the plate to cut down on the distance from the bump to home.
Throughout this season Hope’s velocity has consistently sat around 88 mph with a top velocity of 92 mph. His fastball has pretty decent movement and is a very heavy fastball.
Hope’s best pitch is his changeup. As his confidence has grown with this pitch, it has become his most deceptive pitch. He can place it on either corner and will throw it in any count.
Hope also throws a curveball to complete his 3 pitch arsenal that is still becoming a pitch. Hope has good bite to the curve, but at times will over cut and leave it in the dirt. At this point in Hope’s game a solid curveball can only increase his draft stock.
Hope has not signed any where at this point for college and good become a draft only prospect with a solid senior season. Hope is still very unknown but I like him as an OFP of 53.
Hope reminds me some what of a Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals. He could be moved to the bullpen at the upper level, but for right now he should continue to start and build innings. Joe is certainly an arm to watch for now and as we progress into the 2014 season.