08/18/2013 - College PREP - Dickinson, ND Michael is a tall, lean RHP that will graduate in 2014 with a frame well suited for the mound. Delivery is sound and repeatable allowing his arm action to work smooth to the plate. He shows good rhythm and tempo through a strong balance point. Fastball shows a range of 76-80 mph with slight arm side run. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with late / sharp break. He maintains are speed on his changeup, showing a feel for with arm side run and sinking action. Off speed stuff show as quality pitches that will get outs at the next level. Command / control are a solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as more arm strength is gained through a long toss program. Merchant has a lot of potential and will catch the eyes of the collegiate coaches as he continues to improve.