Astros Draft Profile: Right-Handed Pitcher Mack Anglin

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Houston Astros, Mack Anglin
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What stands out about Mack Anglin?

Anglin compliments his fastball with a tight slider that bites and a hammer curve. When it’s on, the righty’s slider is a thing of beauty that freezes hitters. But, Anglin’s freshman year at Clemson was limited to four appearances and seven innings due to the pandemic.

In 2021, as a redshirt freshman, Anglin accumulated a 3.99 ERA over 13 appearances (eight starts) and struck out 75 in only 56.1 innings, while holding opponents to a .227 batting average.

For his efforts Anglin was selected as an All-ACC Freshman and was subsequently selected by the Washington Nationals in the 13th round (383 overall) in the 2021 MLB Draft, having turned 21-years-old just days before.

Anglin’s improvement continued this past summer with Wareham in the Cape Cod League where he allowed no earned runs and three walks while striking out 16 in 12.2 innings over three starts.

During his time on the Cape, Anglin’s fastball was clocked at 91-95, with his slider coming in at 85-87 and changeup at 87 mph. This season Anglin earned the Friday starter role for Clemson and promptly no-hit Indiana for five innings while striking out eight, walking two and dominating Hoosier batters.

Firing first pitch strikes to 12 of the 18 batters he faced, Anglin threw 55 strikes on 82 pitches and gained more control as the game developed.

In his second start this past Friday, Anglin again was dominant against an overmatched Hartford squad, but not quite as sharp, again throwing five innings, giving up a hit and walking three on 81 pitches (45 strikes).

There are obviously things to work on for any young pitcher, and control is a major one for Anglin, who will be 22 in July, who walked 5.3 per nine innings last year at Clemson and is at 4.5 per nine innings in two starts this season.

While he may not project to the “very high draft pick” that Perfect Game projected, Anglin will certainly find himself much higher than a 13th-round pick in this year’s draft, especially if his control continues to improve and he stays healthy.

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