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Parker Bridwell

Born: 08/02/1991 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 190
Mechanics
Tall frame; athletic build; room for growth and mild muscle add-on; good push off mound; great extension and plane; high 3/4th arm slot; fast arm action; can fall off at times; will amp up and become unbalanced; very mild exertion in delivery; mild rocking motion; delivery has become more smooth in past year; delivery times of 1.39 - 1.60.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/01/2014
Affiliate Frederick Keys (High A, Orioles)
Dates Seen 5/30/2014
OFP 60
Realistic 50: Middle Reliever
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 60 91-93 94 Slight boring action; mild arm-side run; ball will explode out of hand; command is average in 91-92 range; 93-94 range will become erratic with command; more control than command currently; could sit steadily at 93-94 by sacrificing command; potential growth into frame could see velo gain anyways.
CH 50 60 80-83 83 Most improved pitched I have seen in a while; parachute action; good depth; arm-side fade; confidence to use in any count; command has drastically improved; average currently; ability to double up on the pitch and still get hitters out in front; arm slot and release points will occasionally vary; will telegraph every once in a while; works off fastball and slider well.
SL 45 55 79-83 83 Inconsistent pitch; flashes solid-average at times; release point differs sometimes; improves as game goes on; decent tilt and bite; able to work off low and away change and then go front-door with slider to lefties; strikeout offering when at its peak potential.
Overall

Parker Bridwell is an enigma, but the underlying ability is tremendous. He has struggled vastly at times, but has improved in every start I have seen, progressing from having zero command and no feel for his slider or change. Now he is sitting comfortably in that 91-93 velocity band and picking off hitters with the secondary stuff. If he can refine the slider and change more, the arsenal will absolutely work as a starter. I think most of his past issues have been more on the mental side, as Bridwell is young in terms of learning the pitching side of the game. He has really grown in the past year. The command will likely always be average, making him an inconsistent option. However, this is a major league arm either way.

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