Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 3/21/1992 (2015 Opening Day Age: 23)
Acquired: 2013 MLB Draft, 2nd Round
Ranking History: #15 (2014), #15 (2015)
Background: Popped in the second round in 2013 following an up and down career at Vanderbilt, Ziomek pitched sparingly in his pro debut with Connecticut that summer. He made a strong impression with a very good season at Low-A West Michigan in 2014, winning ten games and posting a 2.27 ERA across 23 starts.
|2014 Stats - Pitching|
Body: Long, lean frame; long legs and arms; good proportion; decent strength; room for additional strength, but substantial changes are unlikely at this point; good athlete.
Delivery/Mechanics: Has some funk; a little herky-jerky at times; good arm action that extends well to the back side; very quick from the back to the release point, lending to some deception; pulls across his body; deception exists throughout delivery; difficulty repeating delivery in the past but made strides in 2014; still improvement needed against advanced hitters to establish consistency.
Fastball: Velocity consistently 89-91 mph, will slow it down to 87-88 at times with additional movement; can ramp up for 92-94 mph on occasion; good arm-side run in middle and lower velo bands; ball flattens out and plays down in upper velocity stretch; arm slot varies and natural inconsistencies in delivery force command of pitch to play down; decent angle to plate that moves ball through zone on vertical plane, making it tough to square; solid-average pitch that could play to slightly above-average long term; may play up slightly in shorter bullpen stints. Grade – Present 5/Future 5+
Slider: Best secondary pitch; can mix break; at times throws tighter, sharper slider that will dart out of the zone at times; More frequently pitch has some looseness to it and needs to be consistently tight; shows ability to bury the pitch at times; potential above-average secondary pitch that can miss bats. Grade – 5/5+
Curveball: Worst secondary pitch; very inconsistent and not a reliable offering to be used in critical spots; will cast at times; can show ability to firm it up, tighten the spin and miss bats; lacks ability to put it together with pitch on a regular basis; more of a show-me offering. Grade – 4/4+
Changeup: Inconsistent offering; will go missing during starts and sometimes never shows up at all; at his best he shows an ability to turn it over and get some sink and fade on offering; good arm speed most of the time; slot varies much like FB and that causes command issues with pitch; feel is hit or miss; potential average pitch but still coming along. Grade – 4+/5
Control/Command: Improved strike throwing in 2014 but still raw with ability to locate pitches and move the ball around the zone; catches a fair amount of the plate on a consistent basis and will pay for those mistakes at higher levels; very much a profile for control rather than command; lack of location will force pitches to play down a half tick much of the time.
Other: Hard working kid; intelligent; mixes offerings well; learns from mistakes and tries to improve every inning and every outing.
Summary: Back-end profile; mixes and matches four-pitches to maximize effectiveness; FB and SL are legitimate big league average pitches that could still improve a half grade; CH and CB lab behind; overall command profile may never develop but has potential to pound strike zone; thinks like a pitcher but executes as a thrower; delivery has substantial inconsistencies; good frame and strength to handle innings; broad arsenal to turn a lineup over; primary pitches could play up in short burst role.
Risk: Moderate risk; Minimal gap between present and future grades; low level only resume; limited ceiling mitigates risk.
Projection: Should begin 2015 season at Double-A and will be challenged by advanced hitters; developmental strides in consistency – and in turn – command and pitch crispness are necessary for success at higher levels; likely on MLB radar by mid-2016; potential #5 starter.
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