Scouting Mets Prospect: Angel Cuan

Angel Cuan has not received as much attention as other prospects, but in his time in the organization, the undersized southpaw has made an impression. A refined though not commanding repertoire has allowed Cuan to pitch successfully despite not making much movement up the ladder. Check out his scouting report to learn more.

Vital Statistics
Name: Angel Cuan
DOB: May 29, 1989
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Throws: Left
Bats: Left
Status: Free Agent Signing (2007)

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2010

Brooklyn

5-1

0

79.2

68

17

64

2.03

2010

St. Lucie

0-0

0

4.1

3

1

2

0.00

2009

Brooklyn

0-2

0

8.0

15

14

45

6.75

2009

Kingsport

1-3

0

59.2

76

14

45

4.83

2008

VSL

1-8

0

72.0

71

11

74

3.13




Repertoire: Fastball, Curveball, Changeup

Fastball: Cuan lacks commanding velocity, but he succeeds thanks to a very strong grasp of the strike zone. The left-hander paints the corners with his 87-91 MPH fastball. In two observations last season, Cuan's velocity was noticeably different. With St. Lucie in May, he pitched more at 90-91 MPH and showed decent natural tail. In his May outing, Cuan worked his fastball on the corners and down in the zone, demonstrating effective command that allowed him to avoid a lot of contact.

The dip in velocity was not surprising given his size and a season spent in Extended Spring Training and Brooklyn. The second observation, in August, yielded Cuan throwing 87-88 MPH but with enough tail to beat younger New York-Penn League hitters. He does not overpower with his fastball, but with enough velocity and the touch to create movement, Cuan has been successful with his fastball at short-season levels.

Other Pitches: Cuan's top secondary pitch is a sharp overhand curveball with late tilt. The pitch is at its best when he keeps his fingers on top of the ball and generates the late snap that proved difficult for younger hitters to center. The pitch sat 75-78 MPH, though he showed better execution earlier in the year. In Brooklyn, the pitch appeared flatter.

Cuan adds a solid changeup that flashes straight dropping action. The pitch sat 78-85, and he kept it down in the zone and showed good arm speed. He did not demonstrate a pattern with it. Instead, he mixed it up in random counts.

Pitching: Cuan relies on his ability to mix his three pitches, while changing velocities and location to keep hitters from settling into a pace and rhythm. His curveball was his most effective pitch late in the count, yet Cuan is more likely to get early swings in the count by baiting young hitters on the corners. His small size gives him a short stride. He quickly gets on top of the ball with a short burst through his delivery. His stature limits him from getting deep into counts where he lacks stamina to outlast a hitter.

Projection: Cuan shows good pitchability with three solid to slightly above average pitches. However, his small frame makes it difficult to be confident in long term projection as a regular big league contributor. Cuan still has youth somewhat on his side, though it would surely be more favorable for him to bypass Savannah this upcoming season. However, his talent and openings in the system should keep him in the rotation at least to start of the 2011 season. Given his two seasons in short-season leagues, more needs to be seen from Cuan at higher levels and inning counts. If he can progress to the highest level, it is a certainty he would do it as a reliever.

ETA 2014. If Cuan can make it to New York, it is unlikely he would do it until he matures another three years on the farm system. Cuan's development is unlikely to take hold until then. He appears to lack the overall strength to his game that forecasts accelerated growth. If Cuan cannot make it as a reliever, he could hang on as an organizational pitcher who may get a cup of coffee thanks to being a southpaw.


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