6'2" accurate; filled out lower half a bit; easy, fast arm from a 3/4 arm slot; hides the ball a long time and has excellent deception; long stride to home and hips rotate in coordination with shoulders and arm comes through fast; can open up a bit early at times but mechanics are repeatable for most part; front side shows effort when rotating, really throws front side through; arm can lag behind at times; ball comes out his hand fluently; creates good plane; complete command profile is presently below-avg.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A, Royals)
50; strong no. 4 starter
sat 94-95 mostly; held velocity all start; arm-side life with downhill plane; bores in on RHH; presently working on spotting glove side down; arm-side command well above rest of profile.
arm-side sink with vertical action; great arm action; plays well off of FB; commands better arm-side and fills bottom of zone; overall command of pitch is average; needs more consistency throwing in zone effective to become more effective chase pitch.
big 11-5 shape; tight spin and shows good depth; two-plane break; shows ability to throw for strike and chase pitch; can get soft and lose effectiveness while becoming slurvy; still generates swings and misses when throwing in FB counts; with become more effective with more reps and command within the zone in early counts; could play to solid-avg; developed well since last season, has even improved since early this season.
Almonte is an intriguing prospect who has a lot of upside. His FB/CH combo is very effective now and will continue to develop as he progresses. The development of his CB has been great and at full maturity it could play to solid average. It shows much better shape and bite from last season and as the command profile improves, all of Almonte's pitches could play to their potential. His development over the past year has been noticeable and I trust his developmental path to keep improving.