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Jose Adames

Born: 01/17/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 165
Mechanics
Build: 6'2" accurate; skinny hips/shoulders; does not have necessary frame to add essential weight to be a starting pitcher; needs to add some weight in lower half.

Mechanics: short arm action; extreme arm speed; 3/4 arm slot; repeats delivery with good tempo well; elbow can get offline in back; lands on 3B side of mound on stiff front leg; hips and shoulders rotate in unison; minimal leg drive, velocity based on arm speed/little bit of strength; 1.5-6 from stretch to home.
Evaluator CJ Wittmann
Report Date 04/14/2015
Affiliate Greensboro Grasshoppers (Low A, Marlins)
Dates Seen 4/10/2015
OFP 50
Realistic 45; 7th inning RP
MLB ETA 2017
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 70 94-97 98 Premium velocity; darting action; hard arm-side life; can sink it; controlled the zone but had trouble commanding; with move to bullpen, velocity could sit 1-2 MPH higher; premium arm speed; true swing-and-miss offering; improved command could let it play 70 grade.
CB 45 50 75-78 79 Replicates arm-speed well; 11-5 shape; good bite and downward action; when on top, flashed depth; generated swing-and-misses often; flashed major league average; improved command and ability to throw for a strike could let it play average; with bullpen move, will be primary secondary offering.
CH 30 30 87-88 89 Firm, straight; worked as flat 2-seam fastball; only threw 3 in whole outing; only ~5 MPH separation from sitting velocity; last pitch of arsenal; do not see room for improvement.
SL 30 40 82-84 85 Presently well below average; short, tight breaker; minimal tilt; could see improvement with improved command and velocity spike.
Overall

Jose Adames showed off premium arm speed and a premium fastball. It is a true bat missing pitch and when he stays on top, his curveball flashes average. Adames was used in a starters role but ultimately I think his future is in the bullpen where he can let it rip for an inning with his 70/50 grade Fastball/Curveball combination.

NOTE: Adames did throw a well below average slider and change-up. With bullpen move, neither will be used often.

Ceiling: Role 50; 7th/8th inning reliever

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