Trenton Thunder

Here's a scouting report on Trenton right-handed pitcher J.P. Feyereisen.

The Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher J.P. Feyereisen from the Cleveland Indians this past season in the Andrew Miller trade. Originally drafted in the 16th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of college, he has quickly risen up the minor league ranks and made an even quicker name for himself with the Yankees on the strength of one of the nastier fastball-slider combos around.

Vital Statistics:
Name: J.P. Feyereisen
Position: Pitcher
DOB: February 7, 1993
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Repertoire. Fastball, Slider/Curveball, Changeup.

Fastball. Feyereisen is a fastball heavy pitcher who has grown more into a power pitcher in recent years.  Once sitting more in the 91-93 mph range, he has worked hard each offseason further developing his power to the point where he now averages close to 95 mph [where that used to be his high-end velocity] and routinely tops out in the 98 mph vicinity each game.  He reportedly even hit 100 mph one time in 2016 too.  The velocity spike has had some slightly negative effect on his control and command too.  Once more of a command guy, the newer 'grip it and rip it' approach has his command more on the average side these days when it used to be more above average earlier in his career.

Other Pitches. Feyereisen is more noted for his fastball, and rightfully so, but he does actually flash some impressive secondary pitches too.  His go-to secondary offering is a breaking ball that shows long-term above average or better potential.  Some call it a slider and some call it a curveball, but the more apt description at the current time might actually be a 'slurve' sit it gets both lateral and downward movement.  The breaking ball, which can sit anywhere from the mid-to-high-80s, was more slider shape during his time with the Indians but the Yankees have him working hard on getting more downward bite and slowing it more in true curveball fashion.  It isn't yet a consistent weapon for him but it's not nearly the work in progress some pundits claim it to be.  When it's on though, it can be really nasty.  He rounds out his repertoire with a decent changeup with average long-term potential but it's a pitch he rarely throws and the changeup very much can be a use it or lose it type offering. 

Pitching. Feyereisen is a true 'no fear' hurler on the mound, one who goes right after batters with fastballs early and often.  He never believes the batter he's facing is better than him and that kind of approach can be a double-edged sword; he doesn't give the batters too much credit so he rarely messes around with nibbling the corners and therefore doesn't walk too many batters, but that also means he doesn't go to his secondary pitches all too often either when in actuality he might be better off throwing more of them in the name of furthering the development of those pitches.  There's really no guessing game as to what's coming most of the time in at-bats so if the command is off on a particular day the more advanced hitters can time him up better, even with his plus velocity, so he can be hittable when his rhythm is off.  A high makeup guy with a tremendous work ethic, he isn't one that has to be poked and prodded into trying to be his best, he does that all on his own.  Naturally strong too, he might not be completely done improving his velocity either.   

Projection. Blessed with a naturally aggressive approach to go along with his powerful arm, Feyereisen not only projects best as a long-term, late-inning reliever but it's really his only projection, especially when considering his somewhat stubborn reluctance to go to his secondary pitches a bit more often.  Given his ability to average in the mid-to-high-90s, he best projects as a future big league setup man cut in the mold of a Bobby Parnell.  Like Parnell, however, another plus arm coming up through the Mets' organization, how well Feyereisen does in that setup role or even potentially closing out games down the road could solely hinge on the further development of his breaking ball.   Best suited for a setup type role, he has a closer's ceiling for sure but he also has some work to do to tap that kind of ceiling as well.

ETA. 2017. With 42 Double-A appearances under his belt and having the kind of success he had in 2016, Feyereisen has little to prove at that level.  While the breaking ball could use a bit more work early on, he should be tested at Triple-A right from the start of the season.  Should he have similar success there it shouldn't be long before he gets his big league chance because hiding guys with arm like Feyereisen's in the minors is a near impossibility.

2016 Trenton 3 0 0 18.0 8 6 22 0.50
2016 Akron 4 3 5 40.1 30 20 56 2.23
2015 Lynchburg 0 1 2 31.0 23 10 31 2.61
2015 Lake County 1 0 10 16.2 7 6 25 1.08
2014 Mahoning Valley 3 0 4 17.0 9 1 24 0.00

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