Blue Jays Prospect #24: Anthony DeSclafani

The Toronto Blue Jays selected right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of the University of Florida. A true power pitcher, he offers some significant long-term upside as well as the ability to move quickly on his way to the big leagues.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Anthony DeSclafani
Position: Relief Pitcher
DOB: April 18, 1990
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

His rather pedestrian ERA's at the University of Florida helped disguise what was a good power pitcher with command and his selection by the Jays was immediately lauded by those in the know.

"Anthony DeSciafani was nasty at the SEC Tournament and he's another guy who is going to be a guy who can pitch in the 8th or 9th inning as a pro guy," Scout.com and FoxSports.com National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere said. "He can pitch 93-96 mph, he misses bats, he's got a pretty good feel for his breaking ball."

Rarely are power pitchers so reliable with their control but DeSclafani, who walked just 14 batters in his last 84 1/3 innings over two seasons for the Gators, offers that kind of polish to go with his tremendous upside.

It's one of the reasons that why even though he has yet to make his official professional debut that so many inside the organization believe he's got the chance to be a quick mover through the minor league level.

"DeSclafani I did see and he's a guy coming out of a pretty big college program that you're looking at and saying 'he's not too far from pitching in the big leagues' where he's at right now,", Blue Jays' Minor League Field Coordinator Doug Davis said.


Repertoire. Fastball, Slider.

Fastball. DeSclafani has yet to pitch officially at the professional level but he's mostly a four-seam power pitcher that will sit comfortably in the 92-95 mph range. While it doesn't have great movement, it's his ability to command it in all four quadrants of the plate that makes it so effective.

Other Pitches. His best offspeed pitch right now is his slider. It's an average big league slider sitting mostly in the 82-84 mph range. It is more of slurvy slider than a true hard slider that gets late biting action and it's a pitch he uses mostly to keep hitters off of his fastball. A swing and miss pitch in college, some scouts question whether it will be as effective at the professional level. However, those same scouts also believe he has the chance to develop it into a plus pitch as he receives more professional coaching.

Pitching. There's no secret to his approach -- it's fastballs, fastballs, and more fastballs, and the occasional slider to give batters a wrinkle and slow down their bats. He is very aggressive pitching in the strike zone and he is up there to overpower batters, not give up the free pass. It's his true disdain for issuing walks that is one of his better attributes. He simply doesn't beat himself on the mound. One thing will have to be more consistent going forward though and that's pitching a little bit more down in the zone. When he's locating his pitches down at the knees he's incredibly hard to barrel up.

Projection. DeSclafani has the makings of a potential big league setup man with his power fastball and plus control of it. His slider is good enough to allow him to have a great deal of success at the minor league level but tightening it up and having a bit better command of it will be necessary for it to be the true plus swing and miss pitch he'll need at the big league level, and to truly fulfill his ceiling.

ETA. 2014. He's a good bet to begin his professional career in the Florida State League this season and he could get a call-up to Double-A once the slider improves some. Once that pitch develops like it can, it won't be long before he's big league ready.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Anthony DeSclafani
\r\nPosition: Relief Pitcher
\r\nDOB: April 18, 1990
\r\nHeight: 6'2\"
\r\nWeight: 195
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\n
\r\nHis rather pedestrian ERA's at the University of Florida helped disguise what was a good power pitcher with command and his selection by the Jays was immediately lauded by those in the know.
\r\n
\r\n\"Anthony DeSciafani was nasty at the SEC Tournament and he's another guy who is going to be a guy who can pitch in the 8th or 9th inning as a pro guy,\" Scout.com and FoxSports.com National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere said. \"He can pitch 93-96 mph, he misses bats, he's got a pretty good feel for his breaking ball.\"
\r\n
\r\nRarely are power pitchers so reliable with their control but DeSclafani, who walked just 14 batters in his last 84 1/3 innings over two seasons for the Gators, offers that kind of polish to go with his tremendous upside.
\r\n
\r\nIt's one of the reasons that why even though he has yet to make his official professional debut that so many inside the organization believe he's got the chance to be a quick mover through the minor league level.
\r\n
\r\n\"DeSclafani I did see and he's a guy coming out of a pretty big college program that you're looking at and saying 'he's not too far from pitching in the big leagues' where he's at right now,\", Blue Jays' Minor League Field Coordinator Doug Davis said.
\r\n
\r\n
\r\nRepertoire. Fastball, Slider.
\r\n
\r\nFastball. DeSclafani has yet to pitch officially at the professional level but he's mostly a four-seam power pitcher that will sit comfortably in the 92-95 mph range. While it doesn't have great movement, it's his ability to command it in all four quadrants of the plate that makes it so effective.
\r\n
\r\nOther Pitches. His best offspeed pitch right now is his slider. It's an average big league slider sitting mostly in the 82-84 mph range. It is more of slurvy slider than a true hard slider that gets late biting action and it's a pitch he uses mostly to keep hitters off of his fastball. A swing and miss pitch in college, some scouts question whether it will be as effective at the professional level. However, those same scouts also believe he has the chance to develop it into a plus pitch as he receives more professional coaching.
\r\n
\r\nPitching. There's no secret to his approach -- it's fastballs, fastballs, and more fastballs, and the occasional slider to give batters a wrinkle and slow down their bats. He is very aggressive pitching in the strike zone and he is up there to overpower batters, not give up the free pass. It's his true disdain for issuing walks that is one of his better attributes. He simply doesn't beat himself on the mound. One thing will have to be more consistent going forward though and that's pitching a little bit more down in the zone. When he's locating his pitches down at the knees he's incredibly hard to barrel up.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. DeSclafani has the makings of a potential big league setup man with his power fastball and plus control of it. His slider is good enough to allow him to have a great deal of success at the minor league level but tightening it up and having a bit better command of it will be necessary for it to be the true plus swing and miss pitch he'll need at the big league level, and to truly fulfill his ceiling.
\r\n
\r\nETA. 2014. He's a good bet to begin his professional career in the Florida State League this season and he could get a call-up to Double-A once the slider improves some. Once that pitch develops like it can, it won't be long before he's big league ready.
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