Build: Big, strong build; strong throughout core; power bottom; great physical shape; strong forearms, chest.
Mechanics: High 3/4 arm slot; uses height to create extreme downhill plane; high effort delivery; small spine tilt at foot strike; power arm; arm stab in back to deep arm action; slight crossfire; starts on 1B side of rubber/lands 3B side; strong leg drive.
Note: converted to Pitcher two years ago;
Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A, Orioles)
40; Middle Relief/Long Relief
T96 3x; average command; comfortably sat at 94; can reach back for 95-6 when needed; has projection for higher sitting velocity when he harnesses command; creates steep downhill angle; arm side run at all velocities; present more control than command -- showed ability to throw strikes to all 4 quadrants; with more experience pitching and reps, command will improve; Fastball will play grade higher than present with command improvement and higher sitting velocity.
T86 3x; present below average command; showed ability to throw for strike and chase pitch; feel/comfortable with pitch; flashed some tilt with depth; tight spin and sharp, late break; present below average because of inconsistent in command and break; potential to be solid average with command improvement and consistent sitting velocity.
Derrick Bleeker was an outfielder in the Orioles organization and only a few years ago, he was converted to pitching. He showed feel for two pitches and with more reps, I think he will be a consistent and valuable reliever. Presently, he shows more control than command but it is a work in progress and he projects well in the future. Bleeker will be the closer for Delmarva but he should not be there long as long as he continues to improve moving forward. In my opinion, Bleeker is still raw to pitching but he has a big league future in the bullpen.
Drafted: 2012 37th round, 1117th overall
Why: big, lean athletic projectable OF, potential to try out on the mound if did not work out in OF