At the Park Scouting Report: Artie Lewicki

Coming off an excellent start at the beginning of the week, what does Artie Lewicki bring to the table for the Tigers?

Name: Artie Lewicki
Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 4/8/1992
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Dates Observed: April 10, June 18, July 16 and August 5, 2015
Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft, 8th Round

Body: (6’ 3”, 195) Height and weight appear accurate; tall, athletic frame; limited physical projection remaining; body should hold up as a starter at the Major League Level.

Delivery/Mechanics: Throws from 3/4 arm slot; clean mechanics; some effort in delivery; starts from first base side of rubber; leg kick adds deception; arm action is very quick and also adds deception; repeats delivery well.

Fastball: Typically 89-92 t93; can work 92-95 t96 in short bursts; good movement at lower velocities; misses with it up in the zone; can be used to generate swings and misses; with improved command pitch has above average potential. Grade: Present 5/Future 5+

Curveball: Consistently 76-79; good 11-5 type movement; tight spin; bad control; commonly used in 2 strike counts as a swing and miss offering; best off-speed pitch; with improved control could develop into average major league offering. Grade: Present 4/ Future 5

Slider: Works 83-85 and occasionally touches 86; consistency issues; occasionally shows good tilt; lacks much in terms of movement most of the time; occasionally struggles with control, often misses low; needs to improve consistency and control. Grade: Present 3+/ Future 4+

Changeup: Consistently 84-86; good deception due to ability to maintain arm speed; lacks movement; occasionally has mild fade; bad command; good control; least effective pitch; rarely used in games. Grade: Present 3+/ Future 4

Control/Command: Occasionally struggles with fastball and change-up command; struggles with slider and curveball control.

Other: Decent at holding runners; typically delivers ball in 1.31-1.37 seconds; solid make-up.

Summary: Currently the fastball projects to be only above average major league offering; curveball could become major league average with improved control; slider has below average potential and consistency and control need to be improved; change-up is his worst pitch and doesn’t do much in terms of movement.

Projection: Overall future potential is a fifth starter; realistically he looks like a spot starter type.

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