Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 9/17/1988 (2014 Opening Day Age: 25)
Acquired: 2007 MLB Draft, 5th Round
Ranking History: #9 (2008), #4 (2009), #1 (2010), #20 (2011), #4 (2012), #5 (2013), #22 (2014)
Background: An over-slot signing in 2007, Crosby immediately went under the knife after pitching briefly in the Fall Instructional League that year. He came back late in 2008 and made a brief cameo in the Gulf Coast League before jumping to Low-A West Michigan for 24 starts in 2009, where he posted a 2.41 ERA and remained healthy all season. Crosby missed nearly the entire 2010 season with even more injuries and then came back to make 25 starts at Double-A Erie in 2011; posting a 9-7 record and 4.10 ERA. In 2012, Crosby reached Triple-A and made his MLB debut, though he was shelled in three starts for the Tigers. Crosby returned to Triple-A in 2013 and posted the worst ERA of his career with a 4.84 mark in 13 starts.
|2013 Stats - Pitching|
Body: Big, physical frame; broad shoulders; chiseled physique; exceptional athlete; body has matured very nicely; lengthy injury history to both elbow and shoulder; lacks durability despite ideal frame; has a body to dream on but it can't hold up.
Delivery/Mechanics: Highly inconsistent; athletic enough to repeat any delivery but has yet to find consistency; arm drags through delivery at times; doesn't always finish well; extension gets cut off; at times, arm-action can look painful; better in short bursts where he doesn't need to conserve energy; things seem to fall in line better.
Fastball: Has flashed 97-98 mph heat at times; hasn't touched those registers in two years; velo dipped last year as he attempted to control ball more consistently; sat in 92-93 range frequently; velocity down so far this spring; sitting 90-91, touching 93; still has good, steep angle and plenty of life on ball, even in lower velo register; arm strength can come back and could sit mid-90s this season working in short stints; currently grades above-average to plus assuming temporary velo dip this spring is an anomaly; should be plus-plus at peak out of bullpen. Grade – Present 5+/Future 7
Curveball: Best secondary pitch; even with arm drag he can still spin it well; good tight overhand rotation; can be downer pitch at times; mechanical inconsistencies lead to trouble controlling breaking ball; above-average pitch at best but doesn't always play there; should improve with higher intensity of bullpen outings; can be plus hammer that is effective against RHH and LHH. Grade – 5/6
Changeup: Consistently trying to improve pitch; has rarely shown feel for throwing effective CH; often too firm and lacks movement when thrown too hard; can show some bit at its best; leaves it up frequently; well below-average pitch that likely won't be reliable relief offering; potential fringe pitch if he keeps working on it. Grade – 3+/4
Control/Command: Problematic; delivery is not conducive to throwing strikes consistently; surprising given excellent athleticism; arm slot varies; arm drags; landing foot is inconsistent; will lose zone completely at times; fringe control profile; below-average command profile; may play slightly better in higher intensity outings.
Other: Massive injury concerns; TJ surgery on resume; has had shoulder problems as well; more elbow issues this spring; needs to find delivery in relief setting; hard worker with passion for the game; despite athleticism, game doesn't come naturally to him; gets off the mound well.
Summary: Has arm strength to impact late innings; FB/CB can play to dominating levels when sequenced properly and aired out consistently; built for relief; CH has been slow to develop and is unlikely to be reliable offering; control must develop to make true impact; delivery/mechanics come and go regularly; potential late inning left-on-left arm but shockingly still has development remaining.
Risk: Moderate risk; injury risk should push this rating higher; reached upper levels and move to bullpen mitigates significant amount of available risk.
Projection: Move to the bullpen has been a long time coming; mentality and stuff fit better in relief; likely needs some polishing in Triple-A to evolve within new role; potential 7th/8th inning lefty with power stuff that can miss bats; should arrive in role this year and could make impact in 2015.
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