Name: Tyler Webb
DOB: July 20, 1990
Repertoire. Fastball, Changeup, Slider.
Fastball. Standing 6-foot-6, Webb is a physically imposing figure who has the appearance of being a power pitcher when in actuality he really isn't in the purest sense. He averages "just" 90-94 mph on the radar gun but his four-seam fastball sure plays to a plus level for a multitude of reasons; his effortless motion is extremely deceptive, he commands his fastball very well, and because of his longer limbs his release point is further along than most pitchers. Throw in some above average movement on a fastball with a lot of downhill plane too and even though the radar gun says his fastball is a tick above average for a left-hander it sure plays at a higher level. Given his size too it's not beyond the realm of possibility that he could be a late-bloomer and add a tick or two to his velocity at some point.
Other Pitches. Like his fastball, Webb is armed with two secondary pitches that are not true plus pitches but can act like them on any given day. His best secondary offering had been his above average big league changeup, one that just like his fastball shows good late life, fade, and depth. And just like his fastball he can spot it up for quality strikes seemingly whenever he wants. His finger injury in 2015 had his changeup less than effective than it had been in the past but it is still a very solid weapon for him when he's healthy. Where Webb has made the most recent progress has been with his still developing slider. It's gone from slightly average to a full-fledged above average offering over the course of the past two seasons, sitting more in the low to mid-80s now than the high-70s it used to sit in seasons prior. Just like his other pitches he can throw it consistently for strikes and it has become a really reliable offering. In fact it's a major reason why he's become so much better against left-handed batters over the years.
Pitching. Webb is the epitome of a 'change of pace'' relief pitcher. That's not to say he throws mostly changeups -- he doesn't -- but he is completely different than most late-inning relievers in that he doesn't rely on power but is more of a high-pitchability southpaw who mixes in three quality average or better big league pitches in any count and in any situation, has the ability to change speeds and locations, and is very deceptive in everything he does. He is very effortless in his delivery and is so efficient throwing strikes that he is a huge innings eater coming out of the bullpen; tall, strapping, and strong, he can be used for multiple innings in consecutive days and a few times per week too. He's so proficient limiting walks that he rarely ever beats himself on the mound and it starts with his consistent ability to nearly always be pitching ahead in counts.
Projection. Webb, used exclusively as a relief pitcher not only at the professional level thus far but in his final two years of college as well, actually has all the traits of a projectable big league middle of the rotation or back-end big league starting pitcher; size, deep arsenal of three quality big league pitches, stamina, innate strike-throwing ability, and the ability to not only get both left-handed and right-handed batters out but do it more than just once through a lineup. However, that complete package is a unique change of pace combination coming out of the bullpen too in today's power arms race and it serves him well fitting into a number of potential bullpen roles; long-man, middle relief, or even setup options, and with over 40 Triple-A bullpen appearances that most likely will be how he breaks into the big leagues. Given the depth of quality left-handed relief options for the Yankees both at the big league and Triple-A levels though it is worth noting that shifting him to the rotation is a viable option should the Yankees decide to go that route. He gives the Yankees numerous options role-wise.
ETA. 2016. Big league ready right now , had it not been for his freaky index finger injury last season Webb would have most assuredly made his big league debut already. The addition of Aroldis Chapman at the big league level buries him further down on the left-handed bullpen depth chart so for now Webb will be ticketed back for Triple-A Scranton in 2016 and most likely will see his first big league action by September at the latest.