5th Round, 164th Overall: David Palladino, RHP, Howard College (TX), 6-foot-9, 230-pounds, Pick Value: $278,100
MLB.com’s report: Palladino began his college career last year at South Carolina-Upstate and pitched in 10 games before undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his knee. He then transferred to Howard this season. Palladino’s fastball sits in the low-90s, occasionally touching 95 mph. Because his fastball is mostly straight, it is critical for Palladino to use his 6-foot-9, 230-pound frame to create a good downhill angle. He also throws a changeup, curveball and slider. Despite his size, Palladino has an easy delivery and commands the ball well. He is committed to LSU.
MY TAKE: Palladino is a local guy who somehow is bigger than Dellin Betances. Luckily it sounds like he doesn’t have the mechanical issues that Betances and a lot of bigger guys usually have. He had a 2.18 ERA with 99 strikeouts in 70.1 innings at Howard this year. He was previously drafted by the Dodgers in 2011 but did not sign and he’s currently committed to LSU so we’ll see what happens.