Repeats mechanics extremely well; three-quarters arm slot; good balance; strong drive off of the rubber; long stride; gets solid extension; deception within the delivery; quick to home plate; physically maxed out frame; plus makeup.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
Triple-A Pitching Depth
Four-seam fastball; average velocity; held it throughout the outing; plus sharpness to the pitch; lost some sharpness late; can work both sides of the plate; loves attacking arm side; commands arm side.
Changeup; similar arm speed; some drag with backfoot; late vertical dive at the plate; some arm side fade; doesn't lack confidence in the pitch; knows to keep it down; won't float it over the middle.
Slider; one-plane break; late horizontal action; fringe-average command; can float over the middle; arm slot drops slightly; can get "sweepy"; misses more barrels than bats; flashes usable.
Curveball; 11-6 rotation; get-me-over pitch; soft offering; lacks average action; coddles the ball; arm drag; below-average command.
Player's ability to throw strike after strike makes me believe he's got a chance to be a big league pitcher. The ceiling is that of an emergency starter for a big league ball club, but spending most of his time with the team's Triple-A affiliate.
He's a kitchen sink type pitcher -- mixing and matching his arsenal from the first pitch -- and a competitor on the mound that wants to win. The stuff doesn't wow, but he does show a few usable offerings. More importantly, he pounds the strike-zone with all four pitches and shows an average command profile, though mostly arm side of the plate.