Lianmy Galan, Right-Handed Pitcher
HT : 6'3
WT : 165
DOB : August 23, 1996 (19), in La Vega, Dominican Republic
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : N/A
Acquired : Signed by Rene Rojas, Jochy Cabrera and Alfredo Ulloa as International Free Agent, January 21, 2014
Last Year's Ranking : #61
The Los Angeles Angels haven't made big splashes in the international market in recent years, but they have made some good choices in getting cheap pitchers. Lianmy Galan is one of those cases, as he's become a solid get for the Angels. Galan should be making a trip state side this next year, which means you may get the opportunity to see him at an affiliate near you.
Galan's biggest asset is his athleticism. He came from the infield, as a shortstop, and moved to the mound with a strong arm. This athleticism has allowed him to maintain stamina and velocity throughout the course of a game.
Though his delivery isn't very deceptive, Galan uses a large step and quick arm to create deceptive speed. He stays closed throughout his delivery, which comes with ease, and throws from nearly directly over his head. With his height, the ball comes in at a natural downhill plane.
Galan's best pitch is likely his fastball, which comes with some natural sink to it. He'll need to repeat his mechanics to gain better command of his fastball, but it's not a large concern as he finds the zone with some ease. With his fair fastball command, it allows him to get ahead in counts early and set up his off-speed pitches.
Galan comes equipped with a pair of off-speed pitches, the first a fringe breaking pitch. It comes in with some slider movement, but gets slurve like at the end. It has a downward break like a curve, but fights away from right-handed batters like a slider. It doesn't have a great break, but this should improve with time on the hill.
Galan's second off-speed pitch is a changeup that he has a good feel for. Possibly the best changeup from the DSL this past season comes in around 10 miles per hour slower than his fastball. With development of this pitch, he could become a good fastball/changeup pitcher.
There's a lot to desire from Galan, but he is still relatively raw. He'll need to fine tune his mechanics to become a polished pitcher, but the upside and ceiling could become high as a back end starter with time and development.
Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com
An unlisted injury held Galan to just nine games in his debut professional season. Despite the limited time on the mound, he posted outstanding numbers. Galan finished the year holding bats to a .157/.231/.193 slash, and recorded a 1.50 ERA and 0.792 WHIP, while allowing just 4.9 hits per nine and 2.2 walks per nine.
This past season, Galan was able to pitch a full season, posting a 2.88 ERA. Galan's best stride over the season was a three-game stretch where he went five innings or more in each, while allowing one run on 12 hits and two walks.
Galan will be coming state side this next season, to likely join the AZL affiliate. He should stay as a starter, getting some limited innings to focus on repeating mechanics and finding a way to spin the ball better on his off-speed pitches.
The ceiling hasn't been set for Galan yet. He has a three pitch mix that could turn into something nice, but it will take some serious work. He's a far ways away from the Majors, and is young, which means he'll be able to work without worrying about the numbers he puts up. If everything comes together, he could become a back end rotation kind of guy.
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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.