Listed height and weight is accurate; prototypical build; very good athlete; 3/4 slot; easy, clean mechanics; good tempo; hips turn well and on time; good momentum to the plate; repeats most of the time; some trouble finishing delivery; lands too upright.
Lake Elsinore Storm (High A, Padres)
55; #3/4 starter
Fastball sat 91-93 T94 in first start; second look had it 93-96 T97; held his velocity well; multiple 95+ from the stretch; pumps it up with runners on; good plane; tough to square; features arm-side run; good control; command improved on second look; some deception.
Much better command in second look; has some tight spin; tilt; two-plane break; was able to throw for strikes and chase; consistent release point; I like it better in the higher velocities; has bat missing ability.
Wrist pronates and turns it over well; has some good dive; arm speed works well; used it a lot in the 1st start because his slider wasn't working; keeps it down; not much projection left.
Ross just reached Double-A after a very promising first half in High-A Lake Elsinore. His fastball was much more crisp and effective in his second start I witnessed with better command which was more online with his past reports; it's possible his first start was just a bump in the road. I like his body which is built for the long haul and the stuff maintained through his latest start. Pitchability is something he needs to work on a little, as he can get frustrated and fall behind hitters and the start can unravel on him. Overall, the secondary pitches aren't huge weapons now, but show good feel/projection to work at the highest level. I like the outlook. #3 starter if it all clicks.