Scouting Blue Jays Prospect #15: David Purcey

David Purcey entered the season as the top left-handed pitching prospect for the Blue Jays, but struggled with his command for the second consecutive season. His ineffectiveness has dropped Purcey below the top 10 for this year and 2007 will be his make or break year.

Purcey sees his problems as largely stemming from his mechanics and his inability to find consistency within his mechanics.

"A lot had to do with my balance point and getting my release point. I got back to my leg kick….I wasn't trying to let it go. I just have to get consistent with my pitches," said Purcey.

Purcey looked to have found his mechanics in his first three outings after being sent back down to Double-A in mid-season, but the inconsistency bug hit the southpaw once again. Purcey sees his main challenge, like most players at this level, as becoming more consistent - something he hasn't yet mastered.

"It's always good to go nine innings, but I just have to go out and have good outings," said Purcey.

Purcey was a little disappointed after being sent down earlier last season, but is firmly focused on getting back to the form that caused the Blue Jays to promote him at the start of this season. He feels like he is close to finding that form, but only time will tell.

"I was a little let down [when I was sent down] but I just have to take the positives out of it. I know why I'm here and I just have to relax and enjoy, said Purcey "I just have to focus on what I can control."

It remains unclear if Purcey can focus himself to regain the prior form that made him a high prospect in the Jays organization. He needs to be able to consistently fine-tune his mechanics and to gain complete confidence in those mechanics if he will regain his prior success.

Repertoire: Fastball, changeup, curveball, slider

Fastball: When his head is right and Purcey is on, he possesses one of the deadliest fastballs a southpaw can have. Purcey throws a four-seam fastball in the 93-96 MPH range, but also has a sinking fastball in his repertoire which is clocked 2-3 MPH softer.

Secondary Pitches: Although he hasn't been able to throw it consistently for strikes, Purcey has one of the best curveballs in minor league baseball. His inconsistent mechanics don't allow him to throw it as effectively and as a result he tends to walk as many as five batters in an outing. Although he also features a slider and a changeup neither pitch is an effective one for him right now.

Projection: The Blue Jays still are high on Purcey, but they didn't deem him untouchable this winter as they did last winter. Although a few believe he could see success in the bullpen, scouts we spoke to label Purcey as a starter or a bust. Most talent evaluators believe Purcey will never make drastic improvements with his command and as a result a career out of the pen will be impossible.

2007 Outlook: Purcey will likely begin the season with Double-A New Hampshire once again and all eyes will be upon him to make the necessary adjustments.

ETA: 2008: We don't view Purcey seeing any action in the majors this year, and if his command doesn't improve, he'll never see any action.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nPurcey sees his problems as largely stemming from his mechanics and his inability to find consistency within his mechanics.

\r\n\"A lot had to do with my balance point and getting my release point. I got back to my leg kick….I wasn't trying to let it go. I just have to get consistent with my pitches,\" said Purcey.

\r\nPurcey looked to have found his mechanics in his first three outings after being sent back down to Double-A in mid-season, but the inconsistency bug hit the southpaw once again. Purcey sees his main challenge, like most players at this level, as becoming more consistent - something he hasn't yet mastered.

\r\n\"It's always good to go nine innings, but I just have to go out and have good outings,\" said Purcey.

\r\nPurcey was a little disappointed after being sent down earlier last season, but is firmly focused on getting back to the form that caused the Blue Jays to promote him at the start of this season. He feels like he is close to finding that form, but only time will tell.

\r\n\"I was a little let down [when I was sent down] but I just have to take the positives out of it. I know why I'm here and I just have to relax and enjoy, said Purcey\r\n\"I just have to focus on what I can control.\"

\r\nIt remains unclear if Purcey can focus himself to regain the prior form that made him a high prospect in the Jays organization. He needs to be able to consistently fine-tune his mechanics and to gain complete confidence in those mechanics if he will regain his prior success.

\r\nRepertoire: Fastball, changeup, curveball, slider\r\n

\r\nFastball: When his head is right and Purcey is on, he possesses one of the deadliest fastballs a southpaw can have. Purcey throws a four-seam fastball in the 93-96 MPH range, but also has a sinking fastball in his repertoire which is clocked 2-3 MPH softer.\r\n

\r\nSecondary Pitches: Although he hasn't been able to throw it consistently for strikes, Purcey has one of the best curveballs in minor league baseball. His inconsistent mechanics don't allow him to throw it as effectively and as a result he tends to walk as many as five batters in an outing. Although he also features a slider and a changeup neither pitch is an effective one for him right now.\r\n

\r\nProjection: The Blue Jays still are high on Purcey, but they didn't deem him untouchable this winter as they did last winter. Although a few believe he could see success in the bullpen, scouts we spoke to label Purcey as a starter or a bust. Most talent evaluators believe Purcey will never make drastic improvements with his command and as a result a career out of the pen will be impossible.\r\n

\r\n2007 Outlook: Purcey will likely begin the season with Double-A New Hampshire once again and all eyes will be upon him to make the necessary adjustments.\r\n

\r\nETA: 2008: We don't view Purcey seeing any action in the majors this year, and if his command doesn't improve, he'll never see any action.\r\n","mobileBody":" ","skipOnMobile":true,"media":[],"dateOverride":"2007-02-07T07:18:00","authorOverride":"InsideTheDome.com Staff","role":"","isPremium":true,"isHotNews":false,"isRumor":false,"syndicationFlag":true,"isClassified":true,"hotNamesLinked":true,"storyImage":"[MEDIA:332157]","mainImage":{},"thumbnailImage":"[THUMBNAIL:332157]","heroImage":{},"authorImage":"","tags":[],"nodes":["2621646","259","70880","313194","313237"],"isActive":true,"inActiveAndMemberHasPublishRights":false,"createdOn":"2007-02-07T07:21:26.137","createdById":"1111062","modifiedOn":"2014-07-06T00:12:44.9","modifiedBy":"51458","imgs":[],"viewStats":[{"from":"2015-07-26T17:00:00","to":"2015-07-26T18:00:00","count":4}],"hasVideo":false,"brandUnsafe":false,"breakingNews":false},"editorsChoice":{"siteUrls":[],"networkUrls":[],"topRibbonWidgets":[],"carouselStoryUrls":[],"storyStreamUrls":[],"videoStories":[{"type":"StorySummary","containerType":"StorySummary","id":"1743455","siteId":"264","isPublicSite":true,"subdomain":"indians","siteFolder":"/mlb/indians","canonicalUrl":"http://www.scout.com/mlb/indians/story/1743455-official-tribe-signs-encarnacion-on-thursday","shortUrl":"http://indians.scout.com/story/1743455-official-tribe-signs-encarnacion-on-thursday","siteName":"Indians Baseball Insider","forumName":"","friendlySubdomain":"Cleveland","title":"Official: Tribe signs Encarnacion on Thursday","subtitle":"","seotitle":"Official: Indians sign Encarnacion to 3-year deal","caption":"Edwin Encarnacion","deck":"A grand gathering took place on Thursday morning to announce the signing of Edwin Encarnacion from Progressive Field's Multipurpose Room. 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