Prospect Profile: LHP Kevin Ziomek

In the second round, the Tigers went back to the well they've visited frequently over the years, snagging another arm from Vanderbilt, this time, left-hander Kevin Ziomek. Despite not having "wow" stuff, Ziomek warranted a 2nd round selection - what does he possess on the mound?

Kevin Ziomek
Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
Born: 3/21/1992
Bats: Right
Throws: Left

Acquired: 2013 MLB Draft, 2nd Round
Ranking History: N/A

Background
Drafted in the 13th round out of high school in 2010, Ziomek turned down the Diamondbacks to honor his commitment to Vanderbilt. After two hit-or-miss seasons at Vandy, Ziomek needed a strong showing on the Cape in 2012 to maintain his draft stock.

In five appearances in the Cape Cod League last summer, Ziomek posted a 3-0 record and 1.27 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 28 innings. He carried that success back to campus with him and dominated the SEC as Vanderbilt'S Friday night starter this spring.

Heading into Super Regionals weekend, Ziomek owned an 11-2 record with a 1.92 ERA through 16 starts. Ziomek has tossed three complete games and amassed 112-1/3 innings; allowing just 74 hits and 38 walks while fanning 111 batters.

Scouting Report
Ziomek has an ideal pitcher's build with a strong 6-foot-3, 200 pound frame and quality athleticism.

His three-pitch mix is consistently solid across the board, headlined by a fastball that fluctuates from 89-94 mph. Throughout his starts, he routinely sits around 90-91 and will reach back for 93-94 on occasion. He holds his low-90s velocity deep into his starts thanks to his strength and conditioning.

Even without a true plus fastball, Ziomek generates swings and misses because of his quick arm and a delivery that works a little across his body.

Ziomek also features a slider and changeup that will both flash as above-average pitches that can work against both left- and right-handed hitters. His slider varies in break, showing looser horizontal action at times and a little harder break with more depth at others. As he matures, if he can learn to vary the break on his slider whenever he wants, it could be an excellent weapon.

Ziomek's changeup lacks consistency but does show as an above-average offering at times. At his best he maintains good arm speed and his changeup will show sink that gives him a consistent vertical element to his arsenal.

He is an intelligent pitcher that shows feel for sequencing his pitches and setting up hitters. He makes adjustments throughout his starts to make the best use of whatever is working on that day and he is an intense competitor that doesn't back down from hitters.

With a solid three-pitch mix and very good pitchability, Ziomek projects as a quality rotation lefty with a number four ceiling. He has the polish and broad arsenal to move quickly through the lower minor league levels.

Performance

Level

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

SO

BB

IP

BAA

NCAA

Vanderbilt

11-2

1.92

16

16

0

111

38

112.1

.186


Health Record
Ziomek has been durable and injury free throughout his college career.

Projection
Ziomek's raw stuff may not wow observers but he has the broad pitch mix and moxie to pitch in a Major League rotation. He will need to develop consistency with his secondary pitches to reach his ceiling as a number four starter.

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