Tigers Scouting Report #15: Kevin Ziomek

After taking two hard throwers in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft, the Tigers next snagged left-hander Kevin Ziomek out of Vanderbilt, a school they've become very accustom to drafting from in recent years. What made the lanky lefty appealing?

Kevin Ziomek


Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 3/21/1992 (2014 Opening Day Age: 22)
Height/Weight: 6-3/220
Bats/Throws: Right/Left
Acquired: 2013 MLB Draft, 2nd Round
Ranking History: #15 (2014)

Background: The Tigers gave Ziomek nearly $1 million as a second round pick last summer, and then severely limited his innings between short-season ball and Low-A. During his ten-plus innings on the hill as a pro, Ziomek flashed his raw potential but also frustrated with a lack of polish against entry level competition and more walks than strikeouts.


2013 Stats - Pitching
Connecticut 4408.050545324.501.250-1

Scouting Report

Body: Long, lean frame; long legs and arms; good proportions; room to hang mass but likely won't at this stage; decent strength; good athlete.

Delivery/Mechanics: Has some funk; a little herky-jerky at times; quick to the balance point; hitch with the draw out of the glove; good arm action that extends well to the back side; very quick from the back to the release point; pulls across his body; deception exists; struggles to repeat.

Fastball: Sits 88-91 with life; has found 94 at times but more consistently tops out at 92-93 when he needs a little extra; FB has natural movement; including a little tail in the lower velo register; straightens out when he gets a little extra; arm slot is high enough to allow him to use length to generate good plane with FB; pitches downhill frequently; angle helps average velo play up; could add velo with professional workout routine and schedule; believe he'll sit average long term. Grade – Present 4+/Future 5

Slider: Not a classic tight slider; looser spin and break; can get a bit sweepy at times; will tighten up when he throws it a bit harder; potential above-average pitch with consistency and a little more conviction; needs to develop ability to work pitch around lower part of the zone, as well as out of the zone. Grade – 4+/5+

Changeup: Has shown better in the past; struggled to trust pitch last summer and this spring; gets to firm with it and then follows it up by trying to guide it to a spot; has to just let it fly; arm slot is typically similar to FB; average potential with good arm speed and velo separation. Grade – 4/5

Control/Command: Comes and goes; can completely lose strike zone at times; delivery is inconsistent and has enough funk that true control/command profile will be difficult to attain; may have to settle for being solid strike-thrower rather than command artist.

Other: Smart kid; likes to take the ball; doesn't back down on the mound.

Final Word

Summary: Potential for solid stuff across the board; FB, SL, CH all could play to average; consistent control will be deciding factor; good body for the job; long and lean; has some funk to delivery; intelligent kid on the mound; understands sequence and setting hitters up; has more work to do than most big-time college arms.

Risk: High risk; Needs grade jump from every part of game; pretty raw for his age; very minimal pro resume.

Projection: Could require two full years to get through A-ball; not a fast moving college arm; may not approach MLB radar until 2017; has 4/5 starter potential but inability to repeat delivery could result in move to bullpen long term.

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