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Austin Kubitza

Born: 11/16/1991 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 225
Mechanics
Build: Sturdy body; broad shoulders; power bottom; maxed frame.

Mechanics: 3/4 arm slot; average arm speed; large stab with a wrist wrap; top and bottom half out of sync; does not keep hips in unison; moderate exertion on delivery with uneven landing; trouble with tempo the entire night; rushing delivery.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 04/17/2015
Affiliate Erie SeaWolves (AA, Tigers)
Dates Seen 4/17/15
OFP 30
Realistic 30; Org Player
MLB ETA 2017
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 50 88-91 92 Fringe-average command; mild armside run with mild boring action; deception out of hand; maxed offering that did not miss barrels.
SL 40 45 82-85 85 Fringe command; sweeping action; strong deception from arm slot and mechanics but lacks hard bite; slowed arm down on occasion; pitch was loose and in zone more often than not; slight refinements in arm speed and command could boost overall value a tick higher.
Overall

Kubitza is a two-pitch starter currently, lacking an out pitch against Double-A or better competition. The likely role moving forward is a bullpen arm, but the lack of a third offering will hinder his value to an org player. The FB/SL combo is not strong enough to consistently work out of the pen in the majors, and the delivery and mechanics are not likely to boost his velocity in the pen. He could be a player that receives a call-up if extra depth is needed.

Note: He did not throw his CH during this viewing.

Round Drafted: 4th round, 2013
Why: Potential for average or better FB and SL, with the hope of the CH progressing with professional development.

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