Prospect Countdown #39 : Tyler DeLoach

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #39 : Left-Handed Pitcher, Tyler DeLoach (photo : Jerry Espinoza)

Tyler DeLoach, Left-Handed Pitcher

HT : 6'6
WT : 240
DOB : April 12, 1991 (24), in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Throws : Left
Bats : Right
School : University of North Carolina-Wilmington (Wilminton, NC)
Acquired : Drafted in 26th Round of 2012 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : #31


Major League teams constantly look for depth, not just with the big club, but in the minors. Something the Los Angeles Angels were missing when coming into the off-season was a left-handed pitcher who was close to the Majors and ready to turn into whatever role necessary. Tyler DeLoach is that guy for the Angels. With an excellent understanding of the game from the mound, DeLoach has make waves every season while in the minors and now approaching time as a Major Leaguer.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Baseball IQ is an underrated aspect to the game, due to it's inability to show up in a box score. DeLoach is very keen to baseball, situations, and how to attack batters properly. With his mental approach alone, he's shown that he can excel even at the highest levels of the minors, and potentially into a big league role.

DeLoach has very simple mechanics with a fluid arm, hurling the ball in from a low angle around three/fifths. He keeps the ball behind him through his delivery with a small hitch, making it hard to read the ball out of the hand and changes batters timing with this hitch. He pitches from the left-side (first-base) side of the rubber creating an extreme angle against left-handed batters inside and away from right-handed bats.

DeLoach works inside with ease, and goes there early while attacking, then working away near the end of at bats. He's constantly pitching from the stretch, which gives him an even more harsh angle against batters on each side. Where most of his success stems from is commanding his fastball inside early to get ahead and then away late, mixing speeds when necessary.

As for DeLoach's fastball, it sits primarily in the upper 80's, touching the lower 90's at times, ranging from 86-93 depending on the ease of his delivery. It has some running movement to it, but not enough to believe it's a two-seamer by any means. When he commands his fastball, he can work inside and out and get deep into games while maintaining his velocity.

DeLoach comes equipped with a pair of off-speed offerings in a slider and changeup. He mixes speeds well, mostly with his changeup, hurling it in from the same angle to maintain deception. He has a good feel, but sometimes leaves it up too often, allowing easy and hard contact. His slider has good break, as he slings it through the zone in to right-handed bats and away from lefties.

There are some marks on DeLoach's command of his off-speed pitches, getting high in the zone at times. He's worked to refine this and become a perfectionist with every pitch to execute better and find more consistency.

DeLoach does carry one of the best pickoff moves in the Angels' system. He comes off the mound quick, while working from the stretch, keeping runners honest. He has acquired a better pickoff move in recent years, and has an outstanding slide step. With his clean stride, he is deceptive when throwing to first.

DeLoach is an athletic pitcher, which gives the idea that he will stay strong throughout the course of his work load. Mixed in with his baseball IQ, DeLoach's "bag of tricks" is what will really carry him to the top. He fits best as a long reliever as opposed to starting pitcher, but will stay in the rotation while in the minors.

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Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

After a rough professional debut where DeLoach saw a 6.75 ERA, he launched into Single-A and had a star studded first full season in Burlington. The end of the season saw a 3.60 ERA and 1.029 WHIP helped primarily with just 6.4 hits per nine allowed. In his first 10 starts, DeLoach saw just a 2.40 ERA, while holding bats to a .173/.256/.276 slash, along with 66 strikeouts in 56.1 innings (10.54 K/9)

DeLoach began turning heads in 2014 while splitting time between High-A and Double-A. Aside from three consecutive starts where he saw 16 earned runs in 13.2 innings (10.53 ERA), DeLoach allowed more than three runs in just one of his starts. Aside from those three straight starts, DeLoach held a 13-2 record, 2.21 ERA, 1.077 WHIP, while striking out 9.7 per nine and holding bats to a .183/.293/.277 slash.

Last season, DeLoach split time between Double-A and Triple-A, where a hitter friendly league plagued his numbers drastically. He finished the year with a 2.40 ERA in Double-A in 45 innings of work, while seeing a 6.20 ERA in 94.1 innings while in Triple-A. In his first Triple-A start, DeLoach allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings but never saw a scoreless outing after that one start.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

DeLoach will likely be returning to Salt Lake in 2016, as a member of the rotation. However, the Angels have some options with him. He's still relatively young, turning 25 within the first month of the season, and fits well as a possible long relief arm or LOOGY. They'll likely inform him of their route they'd like him to take and he'll pitch accordingly.

When drafted, DeLoach was likely just another left-handed arm. Now, he's knocking on the door of a job in the Major Leagues. Though his ceiling doesn't fit high, DeLoach has some potential to at least play out and have an impact next season in the bullpen. When all is said and done, the Angels have full say in DeLoach's future.



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



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