TigsTown Scouting MLN: Scouting Wrap

As your source for scouting reports on Tigers' minor leaguers, TigsTown.com wraps up their scouting of the the Dominican and Venezuelan prospects in the system. The final six pitchers -- all right-handers -- are detailed inside!

Albin Acosta – Right-Handed Pitcher

Another young, raw right-hander, Acosta made his debut with the DSL Tigers last summer working as both a reliever and a starter. Acosta has an ideal pitchers frame with long arms and room for muscle without bulking up too much. At 6-foot-2 he generates a good downward plane on his average fastball, reaching 91-92 with regularity. His slider has made significant strides since signing in March of last year, and it has a chance to be a positive pitch for him. At present, his go-to second pitch is an above-average change-up with good arm speed and arm-side movement. Acosta has a chance to develop as a starter, but in order to take advantage of that chance he will need to improve his command.

Winter Kery – Right-Handed Pitcher

Outside of having a really cool and unique name, Kery has some talent as well. Despite dealing with a shoulder injury right now, Kery has flashed good velocity in the past, touching 90-91 with good sink to his ball and a nice downward plane. His breaking stuff is far less refined due to his lack of experience on the hill, and it is unlikely scouts or coaches will have a good feel for his secondary stuff until after he completely returns from injury.

Endrys Briceno - Right-Handed Pitcher

Briceno is the epitome of projection; the type of pitcher scouts love to dream on. He has a wiry, thin frame that had tons of room for added strength and there's a chance he could still grow more. His fastball is an average pitch now, sitting in the 88-91 mph range and a pretty good likelihood that it could reach the mid-90s before all is said and done. He has some sink on his fastball and gets groundballs when he works low in the zone. His curveball and change-up are both a work in progress, but they project as average pitches down the line. He's still getting used to being a pitcher and not a thrower, and he's also still learning his defensive responsibilities, but those things should come with exposure to the pro game.

Leonel Vasquez - Right-Handed Pitcher

An extremely athletic righty, Vasquez has more projection than his frame suggests. He has a quick arm that generates a very, very heavy fastball that is difficult for hitters to elevate. His curveball flashes as a plus pitch though it lacks the consistency to truly be classified as such at this time. He also mixes in a change-up that has average potential and he is learning to use it effectively to keep left-handed hitters off balance. His athleticism lends very well to repeating his mechanics, and he has a chance to have excellent command down the line.

Carlos Alvarado - Right-Handed Pitcher

Alvarado has another projectable frame at 6-foot-4 and 175 pounds. He has some strength now which lends to durability and recovery out of the bullpen. As with many recent signings, the 19-year old Alvarado has plenty of arm strength and can get his fastball up to 93 with some regularity. He is an aggressive pitcher on the mound and he has a promising breaking ball that could give him a solid one-two punch out of the 'pen.

Angel Nesbitt - Right-Handed Pitcher

An 18-year old righty, Nesbitt is a solid 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. He has a pretty good idea of how to pitch, particularly for someone his age, and that combines with a solid three-pitch mix (fastball, curveball, change-up) to give him a chance to develop as a starter. His fastball is below average at present, sitting at 87-89, though it could add velocity over the next couple of seasons. Both his curveball and change-up project as average to slightly above-average pitches, but they lack consistency and are a ways from reaching that potential. Nesbitt will get innings in the VSL this summer, and he has a chance to develop into a solid pitching prospect.

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