Sloped shoulders with a tall, lanky frame; athletic base with good lower-body development; compact tall-and-fall delivery; 3/4 release point; short arm action with a pronounced wrist curl at the top; lands on a stiff front leg and does not get great extension out front; firms up glove in front of letters, cutting off the path for his arm to decelerate; displays some recoil as a result; will occasionally lapse into short-arming the ball.
Indianapolis Indians (AAA, Pirates)
45; swingman/middle reliever
Above-average command; hits spots and can locate in all quadrants; will elevate with efficacy to induce whiffs; plenty of arm-side sink and run; barrel-missing pitch; will induce plenty of grounders at the highest level.
Above-average command; short 1-to-7 break with lateral tilt; can drop it in for strikes early in counts and can garner swings-and-misses in/out of the zone vs. both righties and lefties; impressive pitch with the ability to miss enough bats to keep hitters honest at the highest level; above-average offering at the major-league level.
Displays some arm-side sink and run, but can be straight/flat on occasion; elicited a handful of swings and misses from lefties; did not display huge velocity differential, but the potential is there to miss barrels at the highest level; still developing feel and command of the pitch, but could play as fringe-average to slightly above at the end of the day.
Sadler is what he is, a probable sinker-slider reliever who can miss barrels, get grounders, and keep lefties honest with his changeup. He is major-league ready, having already appeared in a couple of games for Pittsburgh in May, and should contribute down the stretch in some capacity. The ceiling is a no. 5 starter, but Sadler will likely settle in as a groundball-heavy reliever who can pitch multiple innings if needed.