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Joe Gunkel

Born: 12/30/1991 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 225
Mechanics
Low 3/4th arm slot; nearly side-arm; mild crossfire with dragging arm and shoulder occasionally dropping; average arm speed; bottom half is too stiff; could drive more; struggles with balance; quick to home; 1.19 - 1.37 delivery times; delivery is deceptive; big frame; maxed out.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/18/2014
Affiliate Greenville Drive (Low A, Red Sox)
Dates Seen 6/14/2014
OFP 40
Realistic 30; Organizational Player
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 45 50 89-92 93 Four-seam has mild arm-side run; nearly side-armed delivery heightened the deceptiveness out of hand; ability to pound inside to RHH and works the corners well; command is solid; pitch lacks true impact; worked lower quadrants the entire night.
CH 40 45 81-83 84 Fringe CH with mild fade; not much going on here; telegraphs; arm action is sometimes different; failed to consistently hit his release points; pitch works well off his FB when everything clicks.
SL 40 45 79-82 83 Sweeping pitch; fringe currently; mild tilt; telegraphs; LHH will have no problem against it; little feel for this pitch; cast a few; command was solid but it was hard for Gunkel to throw the SL for a strike.
Overall

Gunkel is likely an organizational pitcher, but he could see time in the majors as a depth pitcher that bounces up and down as the last guy on a 40-man roster. He really does nothing well, but has a good workhorse mentality and has enough deception in the delivery to get RHH out on a consistent enough basis. However, the ceiling is not high, and there is not much growth left here.

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