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David Palladino

Born: 03/15/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 8" Weight: 235
Mechanics
Massive frame; giant on mound; likely maxed out top half; slight tick growth left in lower half; high 3/4th arm slot; average arm speed; good drive towards home; mild exertion; long limbs; long extension; plane is excellent; delivery is smooth and clean; difficulty repeating delivery; arm slot will consistently alter; will open up and drag arm across body on secondary pitches; telegraphs the SL and CB; slows down entire body and arm; less comfortable out of stretch; pitches lost velo in stretch; 1.44 - 1.59 delivery times.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/24/2014
Affiliate Staten Island Yankees (Short Season, Yankees)
Dates Seen 6/24/2014
OFP 45
Realistic 30; Organizational Player
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 55 90-94 95 FB has excellent plane from massive height off mound; limited horizontal movement; straight and can become flat if he tries to overpower; velocity is plus; plays down in the stretch to 90-92; command is average; will aim FB at times; not a true weapon but could play up in a short relief role.
CB 40 45 74-76 76 Slurvy; looks very similar to SL; slows down body and arm almost every pitch; 10-6 offering; mild depth but easy to locate and follow; fringe offering that acts more as a get-me-over type; might keep this as a starter; becomes pointless as a RP.
SL 45 55 77-80 81 His best secondary offering; hard bite with tilt; able to keep the arm speed relatively normal but will sometimes slow down arm; ability to command and works well against RHH; similar looking to CB but with better movement and velocity; registered three strikeouts on this pitch.
CH 20 30 84-85 85 Brief look; threw only a handful in 6.0 innings; no feel; lacks fade or action; similar to his fastball; might need to scrap it at some point; able to replicate FB arm speed.
Overall

Palladino is a big guy, towering over every other player on the field. He has a big arm, but his arsenal clashes with his approach. The FB/SL combo is going to work, but it likely limits him to a relief role where he can play both up to their utmost value. The CH is not a good pitch and I have a hard time seeing enough improvement to warrant a chance sticking as a starter. The CB is fringe and likely gets hit at higher levels. As with all tall pitchers, Palladino shows enough ability to give promise, especially if he can consistently repeat his arm actions and delivery. He likely ends up in a relief role to play up his arsenal and scrap the poor secondary offerings.

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