Prospect Countdown #45 : Sam Pastrone

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #45 : Right-Handed Pitcher, Sam Pastrone

Sam Pastrone, Right-Handed Pitcher

HT : 6'0
WT : 175
DOB : June 28, 1997 (18), in Las Vegas, Nevada
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : Arbor View High School (Las Vegas, NV)
Acquired : Drafted in 17th Round of 2015 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked

A few weeks after the past draft, Los Angeles Angels Director of Scouting, Ric Wilson, drew comparisons of one of his draft picks to former Angels pitcher, Tyler Chatwood. The Angels are no longer reaping the rewards of Chatwood, but the draft pick comparison has many years left with the Angels organization to not only prove the comparison, but better it. Sam Pastrone was taken as a hard throwing prep arm, who the Angels stole from a UNLV commitment, and reaped immediate rewards at the lower levels of the minors.


Pastrone has an explosive fastball, that sits primarily in the low to mid 90's, ranging 89-94, and touches as high as 97 MPH. He'll gain some extra velocity as he matures into his frame. His fastball has some late cutting life to it.

Pastrone has a pair of off-speed pitches, both of which will need strong development. He has a firm changeup with some arm-side run and speed to it. He throws a breaking pitch that comes in with some curve nature. It has some depth to it and comes in slightly higher due to a higher arm angle.

Mechanically, Pastrone is a small frame with a lot of momentum adding velocity. He drives well with his lower half, and torques with his upper body, keeping the ball behind him (deceptive), and hurling across his frame to fire in. He can repeat his mechanics, but does rush through sometimes - taking away release point, landing point and doesn't allow him to stay closed for a long time.

Though there are flaws to Pastrone, there's a high potential for the young arm. He should be coachable to where his mechanical quirks are adjusted and he'll grow into his frame

Pastrone finds the zone consistently, but has some tendencies to overthrow his fastball and come across his body which causes some big misses in command. These struggles are minimal, and will be something that deteriorates as he gets reps and innings. Control will likely not be a problem at any point for Pastrone.

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After time at Arbor View where he earned All-Region First-Team honors, Pastrone was drafted and showed immediate signs of excellence. He began his career with 9.1 innings of scoreless work where he allowed nine hits and struck out six, walking zero. He followed that with six outings, two that went scoreless, two that saw only one run and none that saw over three. Pastrone's worst game of the season (5 ER) came in his final outing of the year, but prior to that, Pastrone posted a 2.05 ERA, 1.139 WHIP and held bats to a .660 OPS.

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Pastrone had a fantastic season in Rookie Ball, but has some things to tweak and it may be best that he does so against upper Rookie Ball talent next season. It may not seem like a promotion, but he should go to Rookie Orem, as opposed to AZL, which is where higher tier talent goes for Rookie Ball.

The Angels have a young arm that has a fair ceiling as a starting pitcher, possibly in the middle of the rotation. He has Major League stuff, but will need to prove himself through the Minor Leagues before being titled as a future Major Leaguer. Regardless, Pastrone is easily one of the most interesting arms in the Angels system.

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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.

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