Tigers Scouting Report: Johan Belisario

Johan Belisario has put up impressive numbers pitching this summer in Connecticut. Find out the skinny on this young right-hander.

Johan Belisario

Vitals

Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 8/13/1993 (2014 Opening Day Age: 20)
Height/Weight: 5-11/165
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2010
Ranking History: No previous ranking

Background: Signed when he turned 16 in 2010, Belisario pitched four season in the VSL compiling a 5.15 ERA across 181-2/3 innings. Finally brought stateside for the 2014 season and he has dominated with a sub-1.00 ERA in 15 relief appearances.

Performance:

2014 Stats - Pitching
TEAMGGSSVIPHHRRERBBSOHBPERAWHIPW/L
Connecticut 150127.21703262320.620.835-0


Scouting Report

Body: Slight frame; very thin; lacks muscle definition; listed height/weight appear accurate; narrow shoulders; no room to hang mass/muscle; no physical projection that I can see; looks more like a classic Latin middle infielder.

Delivery/Mechanics: Pretty simple; works from stretch; consistent to balance point with simplicity and ease; no significant effort driving to plate; ball comes out easy; ¾ slot; can be a bit deceptive because of ease/smooth mechanics.

Fastball: Ranges 90-93 throughout appearance; has reached 94 on a couple of occasions this summer; has to reach back to get 93-94 with any consistency; works lower third of zone well; location in lower third makes up for general lack of leverage; ball has some natural sink, even at upper reaches of velo register; above-average pitch overall; lack of physical projection limits improvement of pitch. Grade – Present 5+/Future 5+

Curveball: Very strong offering; knows how to spin it; sets it up well; average pitch with surprising consistency for age; will flash plus offering at times; more of plus variety as summer has progressed; will be plus pitch when he completes development; can and will rely on CB in tight spots; still learning to move out of zone as chase pitch. Grade – 5/6

Control/Command: Around or in the zone with almost everything; can move FB east-west; loses plane when he elevates and will get hit hard; throws strikes with CB and can move in-out but needs to work out of zone more; quality of pitch necessitates ability to get guys to chase; like the command profile at above-average level long term.

Other: Quiet; confident on the field; even keel at all times; works quickly; decent pickoff move; doesn’t back down from hitters, even when he’s getting touched.



Final Word

Summary: Polished arm with minimal growth remaining in game; FB comes up short of high-leverage profile; CB can compensate and will carry profile through MiLB; good worker on and off the mound; fits best in relief role that club has shifted him toward.

Risk: High risk; no full-season experience on resume; limited ceiling and has to have everything break right to reach MLB projection.

Projection: Will have to prove stuff plays at every level along developmental path; could do so quickly if given the chance; likely not on MLB radar until 2017, if ever; lacks high-leverage ceiling; potential 7th inning arm; more likely up-and-down reliever.

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