Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 4/25/1993 (2015 Opening Day Age: 21)
Acquired: Trade for LHP David Price, July 2015
|2015 Stats - Pitching|
Body: Classic pitcher frame with good length in arms/legs; has strength throughout and displays stamina throughout starts; durability should be a strength long term.
Delivery/Mechanics: Struggles to repeat but has made strides in pro career, finding more success repeating his delivery; throws a little across his body, providing natural deception; quick arm; stays balanced throughout; has potential to continue making progress with repeatability.
Fastball: Pitch sits 92-94 when he’s right; reaches as high as 96-97 mph when he needs a little extra; subtracts at times and can get additional movement when he dials it back to 89-92; deception in delivery helps FB play up at times; ball jumps at hitters thanks to extension and how easily it comes out of his hand; easy plus offering that flashes slightly better. Grade – Present 6/Future 6
Slider: Thrown with velocity; hard, biting pitch with tight rotation; pitch that can miss bats; filthy at times; second plus pitch that will show better when he really snaps one off; big league out pitch. Grade – 6/6+
Curveball: Upper-70s breaking ball that offers change of pace; high spin rate but softer offering that can get loopy at times; lacks consistency and doesn’t throw nearly as often as SL and CH; velocity separation allows pitch to play even when break isn’t of highest quality; 1-7 shape; potential average pitch if feel and consistency improves. Grade – 4+/5
Changeup: Quality fourth pitch that should be average as mechanics gain consistency; arm-speed deception with same quickness and key hole as FB; shows tumble and will run at times, giving it unusual movement for CH; need confidence to throw to RHH for maximum effectiveness. Grade – 4+/5
Control/Command: Mechanical consistency has improved but still gets away from him at times; mechanics lead to control problems; has ability to throw strikes and owns average control profile; command profile may come up short of average, but he has occasional ability to move ball to both sides; needs to learn to work ladder to change eye level; last part of game to evolve and will need to make strides in order to reach MLB ceiling.
Other: Intelligent kid with good work habits between starts; quality makeup.
Summary: Broad arsenal fronted by two legitimate plus pitches that flash better than that; CB and CH can both be average in time; control has to develop for package to come together; good work ethic that has made strong strides in last couple of years; shows ability to sequence and work through a lineup multiple times; instantly becomes organization’s top prospect.
Risk: Low risk; Minimal development remaining; just needs control/command to come along; nearly big league ready.
Projection: Nearly ready for prime time; should slot into 2016 Detroit rotation; high ceiling player with #3 starter potential should control/command come together; will settle in as #4 starter even without significant progress across remaining developmental items.
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