3/4 arm slot; high effort in delivery; puts everything into throws; inconsistent release; effort makes it tough to repeat; shows flashes of staying on top; ball will come out easy in those instances; strong lower half - uses all of body; as clean as he is going to be; will jerk head off target; lands square to plate.
Reading Fightin Phils (AA, Phillies)
40; 6th/7th inning reliever
Explosive offering when out in front of the ball; can power past hitters upstairs; freezes batters when spotted in strike zone; late finish when staying above pitch; capable of dominating a sequence with heater; below-average command; delivery makes it tough to see much more growth in area; velocity suffers when arm is late into slot; runs into stretches of overthrowing (pitch stays up and away); would grade future higher if believed command could take another step forward and delivery will loosen up more to help consistency of velocity.
Acts more as vertical, eye changing piece as opposed to late breaker with dart; tendency to freeze batters rather than elicit chases; comfortable using at any point in sequences; capable of throwing for a strike; good feel for pitch; is inconsistent creating snap due to less than ideal wrist looseness; could be weapon if develops late break, but historical looks at player have all been consistent with pitch.
Firm offering; action indicative of two-seamer; lacks execution, but will jump out of nowhere when thrown right; changes pace on hitter; something pitcher keeps in back pocket.
Power arm reliever, who shows tangible MLB stuff, but equally lacks in consistent execution; delivery, and subsequent effect on command, lead me to believe inconsistency will always be a part of the game; outing evolved into high wire act due to batter-to-batter nature of execution; future potential and role reflect quality of raw stuff, but assessment of risk factor indicates volatility of assigned grades; this is an arm who can burst into contributing bullpen role for a season and then just as quickly find himself back in the minors the next due to uneven performance.