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Mark Sappington

Born: 11/17/1990 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 210
Mechanics
High three-quarters arm slot; slow delivery; difficult to watch; stiff arm action; wrist wraps; upright finish; all arm and shoulder; lacks hip rotation; inconsistent finish; big, mature body; below-average athlete.
Evaluator Ron Shah
Report Date 06/22/2014
Affiliate Inland Empire 66ers (High A, Angels)
Dates Seen 06/14/14
OFP 40
Realistic Middle Reliever
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 60 92 95 Fastball that is relatively straight; leaves it up often; overthrows to touch 94-95 mph; will show a two-seam (87-88 mph) at times; below-average command profile; misses arm side; plays darts; doesn't create extension to move the ball around.
Slider 45 50 85 87 Could also be termed a cutter; some have short action; others with a bit more sweep; gets on the side of the ball well; some late two-plane break that dives towards left-handed batters back foot; solid-average potential.
Curveball 35 45 77 82 Inconsistent velocity; still finding a feel; some are soft and loopy; others that are hard in the low-80s; 12-6 action regardless of velocity range; best are in upper-70s, but couldn't command those.
Changeup 35 40 82 84 Changeup is firm; gets on the side of the ball; lacks confidence; will overthrow; didn't sequence it; seemed forced.
Overall

Having seen Sappington last year, I can say he's taken steps back in his developmental path. The delivery has gotten worse, the secondary offerings are weaker, and the control profile is becoming bleak. In addition, the intangibles don't appear to be the same, as he doesn't have the same level of energy and competitive fire that he's had in the past.

Though Sappington currently starts, if he is going to make it to the major leagues it'll have to be as a middle reliever. Well built, and sporting the velocity to get second looks, Sappington's mechanics and lack of secondary offerings will keep him from succeeding at the highest levels as a starter, long term.

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