Quick delivery; pauses after rocker step and then quick to balance point; pause adds some deception; high leg kick, but stays compact and in control; short arm stroke from break to top of arm motion; above-average arm speed; 3/4 slot; inconsistent follow through and lacks finish at times; ends with balance, facing plate and in position to field; maintains high leg kick in stretch; 1-52-1.59 to plate; holds runners by varying delay before going to the plate; pickoff move was nothing special.
Bowie Baysox (AA, Orioles)
Role 40; Swingman or Long Reliever
Worked consistently at 88-90 through first five innings; found 92 at times; typical fastball showed some arm-side wiggle that kept it away from center barrel; FB lost some movement when he reached for 91-92 and often missed up when he looked for extra velocity; pitched off FB well; attacked with pitch and worked to the edges with regularity, missing off the plate rather than over; FB was rarely squared up through first five innings; velocity tapered slightly over last two frames, sitting more 87-88 and reaching 90 when he wanted extra; command wavered as fatigue set in; fringe pitch that he utilized well throughout start; no realistic projection remaining with pitch.
Rarely mixed during first two turns through rotation; finally began to flash during third turn; trusts grip and maintains arm speed; same key hole as FB; arm-speed deception is primary factor; pitch shows some sink; kept away from RHH and moved to both sides of the plate against LHH, finding success missing bats and inducing weak contact; best pitch at present and should remain that way moving forward.
Below-average offering that doesn't project to MLB level well; lacks tight spin resulting in loose pitch with minimal bite; 1-7 break; thrown as show-me pitch during start; showed occasional harder biting CB during warmups but never translated that to game at-bats; lacked feel throughout and appeared frustrated by that outcome.
Thin, narrow frame; minimal visible strength; Casey Fossum body comp; showed some ability to repeat delivery and stay out of the middle of the plate with FB and CH; CH is quality MLB pitch but can't carry overall profile; FB fringe-average with decent movement but will have to be located well at highest level; CB lags behind and is unlikely to step forward and become realistic MLB pitch; needs to locate extremely well in addition to mix-and-match approach for arsenal to work up the ladder; low ceiling arm with small window to find MLB role.