Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 3/7/1994 (2015 Opening Day Age: 21)
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|
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.
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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