Sharp could have played college basketball but opted to focus on baseball, turning down the Braves as a 30th-rounder out of high school to enroll at Eastern Michigan. He eventually transferred to NCAA Division II Drury (Mo.) and became a Nationals 22nd-rounder in 2016, signing for $40,000. He missed three months last season with an oblique injury but returned to star in the Arizona Fall League, leading Miami to pounce on him in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings.
Sharp has exceptionally low spin rates on his one- and two-seam sinkers, resulting in heavy life and exceptionally high ground-ball rates, including a 3.2 groundout/airout ratio in 2019. His fastball velocity usually ranges from 89-92 mph and tops out at 94, so he pitches to weak contact more than he misses bats. His changeup sinks as well and gives him a solid second offering, though his slurvy slider needs more work.
A pitch-to-contact starter, Sharp translates his athleticism into an easy delivery with a high leg kick that provides deception without compromising his control. He hasn't had any arm issues in pro ball and his efficiency helps his cause as a starter, though the Marlins plan on using him as a reliever in 2020 because he has to stick with the big league club. If he doesn't, Rule 5 mandates that he clear waivers and get offered back to Washington for half of his $100,000 draft price before he can head to the Minors.