Name: Jordan Foley
DOB: July 12, 1993
Repertoire. Fastball, Slider, Split-Changeup.
Fastball. Foley gets widely underrated despite the fact that his fastball can routinely play to a plus level. He throws both a sinking two-seamer and a power four-seamer, and the fastball combination ranges anywhere from 90-96 mph pretty consistently. The two-seamer averages 90-93 mph and the four-seamer sits in the 92-95 mph range mostly, topping out at 96 mph. Both fastballs, however, show impressive movement and late life explosion, and hitters have a hard time barreling it up. While the command of his fastball is pretty average he does pitch primarily in the lower-half of the strike zone so he doesn't miss up in the zone all that often.
Other Pitches. Where Foley made the progress in his first full season last year was with his secondary pitches. He entered the season with a burgeoning above average big league slider and movement-wise it's definitely a quality pitch. Like his fastball, however, he doesn't yet have the consistent command of it inside the strike zone and that will be an area of focus going forward. Sitting 83-85 mph with his slider, he does generate a ton of swings and misses with it right now though and the same can be said of his rapidly developing splitter too. The splitter bottoms out with the best of them but it's yet another pitch he's still learning to consistently control better. Not yet part of his arsenal in game situations, Foley has been tinkering with a slower curveball as well to give batters another look and another speed [since most of his pitches right now are of the power variety].
Pitching. Foley has come a rather long way in a short period of time with his overall pitch-ability but while progress has been made his entire game is still very much predicated on power and movement. He has a real go-after-them approach on the mound and employs an aggressive mentality but because his pitches move so much it's his still developing command that can escape him right now. He can be a little too spotty throwing strikes and falling behind in counts, but the goods news is when he misses he's not missing by much so vast improvement is not needed. Standing 6-foot-4, he has solid mechanics for a taller pitcher and has an ideal pitcher's frame too, and shows real strength and stamina. He's proven to be quite coachable too so he has some ceiling left for a college-drafted hurler.
Projection. Foley, like a lot of the other Yankee pitching prospects, provides a lot of short-term and long-term role flexibility. He has a rather deep repertoire of quality big league pitches [three of which grade out as average to above average right now with room to grow], all of which show strikeout potential, and the kind of natural strength and endurance that could allow him to blossom into an eventual middle to back-end big league starting pitcher someday, but further improving the consistency of his command of all three pitches is needed to tap that kind of ceiling and adding a slower curveball into a strike-throwing mix would be huge in that capacity too. There's some considerable starting ceiling to him but at minimum, given his propensity for power and movement, both of which would most likely play a level higher in shorter one-inning stints, he has the floor of a big league middle reliever or setup man. He compares favorably both to former top Yankee pitching prospect Alan Horne and former Yankee hurler Adam Warren stuff-wise, ability-wise, and role flexibility-wise. Staying healthy to continue to his development and work on his command is what is needed.
ETA. 2018. Foley could really move quickly if and when the Yankees ever decided to move him into the bullpen full-time but that move doesn't appear to be coming anytime soon. He should anchor the high-A Tampa Yankees starting rotation to begin the 2016 season and should the command make a couple of jumps forward relatively soon he could really begin to move up the minor league ladder quickly.