Name: Nick Rumbelow
DOB: September 6, 1991
Repertoire. Fastball, Curveball, Slider, Changeup.
Fastball. Not physically imposing at all, standing just 6-foot-0, Rumbelow is still very much a power pitcher. He sits comfortably 93-95 mph with his four-seam fastball and will top out at 97 mph pretty routinely. Beyond the sheer plus velocity, however, is some real deception to his fastball too. He has a real looseness in his delivery and combining that with his smaller stature opposing batters are not expecting the type of heat he brings. Throw in some tangible late-life explosion as the ball crosses the plate and his fastball is really deceptive. About the only downside to his fastball is his command as it can range anywhere from average to above average; it just depends on his rhythm at the time. When his command is on though it's really on.
Other Pitches. As good as his fastball is -- and he can get by just by throwing a ton of fastballs -- what makes Rumbelow so unique as a reliever is the depth of his secondary pitches. His best secondary offering is a plus power curveball with great 12 to 6 late-bite diving action. It sits mostly in the 82-84 mph range and it serves as his primary strikeout pitch. He also has an above average slider at his disposal too, one that shows more late-bite sweeping action in the 83-87 mph range. He rounds out his repertoire with an above average to plus changeup. Like both of his breaking balls the changeup shows great movement; it bottoms out with plus fade and depth. It is his fourth pitch though so he won't go to it quite as often as his other pitches but it's yet another weapon in his arsenal.
Pitching. Rumbelow's key to success, what ties his entire game together, is his incredibly quick tempo and full-attack style of pitching. He absolutely goes right after batters right from the jump with an array of four above average or better big league pitches and throws the next pitch seemingly right after getting the ball back from his catcher. That high-octane approach doesn't allow hitters to ever really get set in the batter's box and when they do get set they really can't sit on a particular pitch because he will go to any pitch in any count. There is a double-edged sword to his full-throttle approach though; sometimes that rushing style can have his command get out of whack at times. However, all business on the mound and pitching with supreme confidence, Rumbelow isn't one to dwell on mistakes. He has the perfect mindset for a relief pitcher; forget what's done and focus on the next pitch.
Projection. Despite boasting the deep repertoire of a starting pitcher Rumbelow's mindset and approach are perfectly suited for the bullpen. He has drawn comparisons to former Yankees closer David Robertson ever since he was drafted for a number of reasons; sneaky-quick plus fastball with late-life, elite breaking ball, full-attack style of pitching, and command that can evade him at times as getting in a rhythm is a huge part of his game. However, stuff-wise Rumbelow's arsenal is even deeper as he has the slider and changeup both ranging above average or better too. Like Robertson though Rumbelow, who has already made his big league debut, will most likely break in at the big league level initially as a middle reliever but eventually will slide his way further and further back to the end of the bullpen. He has big league setup man or closing potential, and will almost assuredly reach that level after gaining more big league experience.
ETA. N/A. We ticketed Rumbelow's big league arrival time for 2015 for some time and he got there last season with some solid success. There's a chance he could see some more Triple-A time in 2016 given the depth of the Yankee bullpen right now but the smart money says he'll burn through his rookie eligibility pretty quickly and wind up being an important part of the bullpen in the Bronx this coming season.