Over-the-top motion. Clean arm action. Average arm speed and mild effort. Capable of repeating delivery well. Odd timing mechanism pre-pitch out of windup including body gyration and glove going over head before coming set. 1.35-1.38 to home plate.
Salem Red Sox (High A, Red Sox)
45: Back-end of rotation
Sat 89-90 in early going with average command; heavy and boring pitch with arm-side run evident. Late life on fastball as game moved on. Showed better command of pitch as game moved on as well. Average command of pitch overall. Capable of slowing pitch down to get better movement and wiggle in the zone.
Sharp 12-to-6 break. Above-average command and great feel for pitch. Late bite; swing and miss potential and chance to be above-average pitch.
Good command; strong fade with arm speed consistently similar to that of fastball. Creating better velocity separation from fastball than in past; has the potential to be an average pitch.
Handful of sliders thrown in game; below-average command of pitch. Below-average depth, not much tilt on the pitch.
Raudes, a 19-year-old from Nicaragua, shows an advanced feel with his curveball and has average command of a fastball that currently sits 89-91 mph. Listed at just 160 pounds, one would expect Raudes to fill out a bit and gain some strength on the fastball. He has a clean, repeatable delivery, and has the potential to be a back-end of the rotation option.
Slim, athletic build with slight projection left; starts from a semi-windup, three-quarters slot, plus arm speed, efficient motion with mild effort, clean finish, athletic deceleration; fields position well
Generates velocity with plus arm speed, straight and heavy; locates well, will elevate to generate strikeouts
Shows arm side run and some weight, will run in on the hands of right handed hitters, trusts pitch, will throw in hitters counts
Still developing feel, inconsistent arm speed replication, good velocity separation, showed late fade, some swing-and-miss potential
11-to-5 movement; when right has depth and bite; inconsistent, will lose shape on occasion; lacks command
Cease is a quality starting pitching prospect. He shows four potentially major league average or better pitches. His delivery is clean with only mild effort which project plus command in the future. If the change and curve can continue to improve he could develop into a high No. 3 starter. Without that development, there is still enough in his stuff to become a valuable bullpen arm.