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Brian Gonzalez

Born: 10/25/1995 (Age: 18)
Bats: Right Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 230
Mechanics
Thick frame; very big kid with large thighs and a wide girth; maxed frame and could use some conditioning to get in better shape; currently lacks the necessary torque and turn in his delivery due to excess weight in mid-section; average arm speed; arm action is easy 3/4th; does not use his hips enough; opened up near end of outing due to loss of stamina; decent drive and good extension; lacks a large plane; delivery times 1.56 - 1.65; slow to home and telegraphs pickoff move; lumbering delivery but is mostly fluid.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 09/01/2014
Affiliate Aberdeen IronBirds (Short Season, Orioles)
Dates Seen 9/1/2014
OFP 50
Realistic 45; Long Reliever/Middle Reliever
MLB ETA 2017
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 40 50 87-90 91 Not an overpowering pitch; straight; lacks horizontal movement; average plane but will become flat at times; has mild deception out of his hand; average command; leaves ball up in zone too much; lacks control currently; works best when peppering the knees and lower; FB has slight deception against LHH; arm slot dipped near end of outing due to stamina running low; dragged his arm a few times and opened up; likely could see a tick in velocity with more conditioning; sat mostly 88-90 throughout this outing.
CH 50 55 72-75 75 Ability to replicate FB arm speed; still mildly inconsistent with this; will slow down body at times in attempt to replicate arm speed; refinements should come; slow CH with big differential from FB; NYPL hitters were completely off-balanced against it; mild fade; command is currently average; release points were consistent for most part but would throw pitch into dirt on occasion; potential to be solid-average offering with more consistency due to big differential and arm speed replication.
CB 45 50 72-75 77 1-7 offering; slow breaking pitch with mild depth and a tight rotation; works best in upper velo band; inconsistent release points currently; cast quite a few; pitch is left in zone too long at times and will be hit at higher levels; works well against LHH as they struggle to follow the rotation out of hand; below-average command currently; slight refinements with release points will get this pitch to an average offering.
Overall

Gonzalez is not your typical HS prospect, as he lacks projection moving forward. His frame is likely one that needs refinement more than growth, which will come with better conditioning and a full year under professional guidance. I believe the FB can tick up in velocity, especially with better conditioning and with less mileage on the arm next season. Gonzalez looked tired near the end of the start, which is understandable considering it was the final game of the year.

Overall, I do not envision an impact prospect, as he lacks a true plus offering and looks to be more average across the board than anything. Gonzalez has a back-end starter ceiling. There is some inherent risk here, and he lacks projection moving forward, and the FB might not play well against higher competition.

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