Tigers Scouting Report: Jairo Labourt

The Tigers initially only had one member of the organization representing them at this year's Futures Game in Joe Jimenez. But with the addition of Jairo Labourt from Toronto as the final piece of the three-for-one deal, they've got two, as Labourt flashed his impressive fastball in the game. What does Labourt project to be with his strong fastball from the left side, and what else does he have?

Jairo Labourt


Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 3/7/1994 (2015 Opening Day Age: 21)
Height/Weight: 6-4/205
Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Acquired: Trade for LHP David Price, July 2015

Signed out of the Dominican Republic as a teenager, Labourt spent full seasons at each rookie-level stop before moving on to short-season ball and the Midwest League in 2014, where he posted a combined 2.54 ERA and better than a strikeout per inning. Labourt has struggled at times in the Florida State League this summer, mostly as a result of his control problems.


2015 Stats - Pitching
Dunedin 1818080.18365041447034.591.582-7

Scouting Report

Body: Body has transformed from full of baby fat to long and lean as he’s reached his physical peak; good length in arms and legs; strength continues to improve; below-average athlete; still could evolve physically as there’s room for more strength.

Delivery/Mechanics: Quick, abbreviated delivery; gets to balance point in a hurry; stiff from balance to landing; swings trail leg through aggressively and falls off to third base side; exceptionally fast arm though the arm action has some violence; effort throughout and struggles to repeat from one pitch to the next.

Fastball: Ball jumps out of his hand; works 91-93 mph throughout starts; finds 94-95 with regularity and has reached as high as 96 mph when he needs a little extra; needs effort to generate velocity; fastball has life in the zone and doesn’t get barreled often; pitch could tick up in shorter stints. Grade – Present 6/Future 6+

Slider: Second potential plus pitch; thrown hard in mid-80s; two-plane breaker that darts down and away from same-side hitters; tight rotation and darting break; needs to develop consistency with ability to finish pitch both in and out of strike zone; nearly plus pitch at present. Grade – 5/6

Changeup: Definitive third offering; lacks deception and lets hitters know it is coming; frequently overthrows and gets too firm with pitch; poor offering with minimal feel and limited projection; likely always below average. Grade – 3/4

Control/Command: Effort in delivery leads to trouble repeating mechanics; mechanical inconsistency leads to trouble throwing strikes; will completely lose zone at times; may have more success throwing strikes while airing it out in shorter stints; command of arsenal is non-existent.

Other: Continues to learn and grow as a pitcher, though still more of a thrower; mixes FB and SL well with ability to sequence backward and forward.

Final Word

Summary: High-effort lefty with electric FB-SL combo; both pitches have potential to play up in bursts; could sit mid-90s with mid-80s slider; both pitches can miss bats; changeup lags behind and will not remain part of long-term arsenal; control is hit or miss, with command in need of significant improvement; high-impact potential.

Risk: High risk; Needs considerable development in strike throwing; no upper level minor league experience.

Projection: Will develop as starter in short-term but definitely projects as reliever long-term; FB-SL combo can be dominating and could play up in relief; potential setup reliever; could move quickly once moved to the bullpen and may arrive early 2017.

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