Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 1/17/1995 (Opening Day Age: 22)
Acquired: Undrafted Free Agent, 2013
Body: Thick build; continues to get stronger under professional tutelage; must maintain conditioning.
Delivery/Mechanics: Very low-3/4 arm slot; will dip to almost side-arm at times; mechanical profile can be inconsistent; has some effort and will exaggerate more at times when he’s ramping up for more velocity; aggressive delivery appears to attack home plate.
Fastball: Has continued to tick up throughout professional career; sits comfortably at 94-97 mph; has reached 100 mph on occasion, but more typically tops out at 98-99 during outings; some tendency for velo to step back a half tick on second night of back-to-back appearances; tremendous life that leads to weak contact and missed bats; elite pitch that could still take a step forward and be even more dominating with improved consistency and command within the strike zone. Grade – Present 7/Future 8
Slider: Not a traditional hard, darting slider that you see with most hard-throwing right-handers, but effective nonetheless; mid-80s offering with solid spin and larger break; still shows good depth and broad movement away from RHH; still developing ability to start inside and finish in the strike zone; when right can be a chase pitch that hitters have difficulty fighting off because of velocity differential; improved consistency could result in legit plus offering at peak. Grade – 5+/6+
Control/Command: Aggressive delivery with inconsistency; below-average athlete and poor physical conditioning; command/control could be hindered as a result; typically pounds strike zone but lacks ability to locate and move the ball around at will; occasionally loses strike zone all together, but instances have become increasingly rare; above-average control and fringe command are likely result at conclusion of development.
Other: Fiery player that outwardly displays emotion – both positive and negative; can accentuate struggles by getting down on himself and trying to throw even harder; maturity is developing with age and as he continues to learn to control emotions and focus on his task, his competitiveness should be a long-term positive.
Summary: Classic power reliever profile; FB is dominating pitch with room to grow still; SL can miss bats and is quality complimentary offering; command lags behind in development, as does emotional control, but both have chance for continued growth; two-pitch reliever with potential to lock down high-leverage roles.
Risk: High risk; Typical inherent reliever variability; command and maturity must continue to advance to avoid flaming out.
Projection: Big-league ready arm that should help in middle innings and possibly 7th inning immediately; potential to assume higher profile roles quickly, including setup role that may be long-term future; command development will dictate whether player can become a future closer; regardless, high leverage reliever that will help immediately – with some bumps in the road – and should be a low-cost asset for several years.