Alex Faedo, RHP, University of Florida
Seen in a 8 2/3 IP start on 2/24. Athletic body; lacks remaining physical projection due to age as well as current body mass. Pitches from a full-wind; compact arm action with a high elbow in the back; slight reach in the back; above-average arm speed; three-quarters slot; has crossfire; not the most athletic delivery and somewhat awkward but repeats it well and makes it work. Fastball 90-92, T94; velo dropped to 88-90 later in game; average arm-side life; uses it against righties well. Slider 83-85; future plus offering; late darting action; can get big at times and lose sharp break but should be a consistent plus pitch in future; used to both sides. Change 87-88; has quality arm speed; but lacks movement; has right idea against LHH in throwing on outer half away; should improve to an average offering down the road. 1.14-1.20 to the plate. Missed fall due to arthroscopic knee surgery on both knees; has not regained prior velocity; will have to be monitored going forward; if velo comes back is a middle of the rotation candidate.
Jesse Lepore, RHP, University of Miami (FL)
Seen in a 6 IP start on 2/24. Pitches form a Full wind; compact arm action with average arm speed; high-three-quarters slot; hides ball behind body adding to deception; creates steep downhill plane; tended to leave balls up and arm-side, suggesting a lack of coordinated timing. Fastball 90-92; has average cut action at times; inconsistent; should improve to average in time; more around zone then hitting spots consistently. Slider 79-82; large break and depth with early break; some had downer action but wasn't consistent; effective as an out pitch as well as for strikes. Change 77-81; quality arm speed; added deception helps the pitch play up; has some late fade; but lacks overall movement. 1.28-1.33 to the plate. Interesting starting pitcher; average across the board arsenal; command and control should play enough to suggest a starting role at the next level. See as a back-end of the rotation candidate with a bullpen fallback.
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