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Joan Baez

Born: 12/26/1994 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 190
Mechanics
Build: Wiry; skinny hips; broad shoulders; very mild projection left.

Mechanics: 3/4 arm slot; plus arm speed; deep stab; generates downhill plane; mild crossfire; falls off; rocks on delivery with unecessary motion; out of sync and loses tempo; overall easy delivery; delivery times 1.20 - 1.40.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/15/2015
Affiliate Hagerstown Suns (Low A, Nationals)
Dates Seen 6/12/15
OFP 55
Realistic 50; Set-up Arm
MLB ETA 2018
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 70 92-95 96 Velocity: 65/70
Movement: 55/55
Command: 30/40

T96 2X; life; armside run; struggles to command gloveside; velocity fluctuates from pitch to pitch, inning to inning due to mechanics; more consistent mechanics will help improve command; move to bullpen full time would provide tick in velocity.
CB 40 50 77-79 80 Movement: 55/55
Command: 30/40

Replicates arm speed; 11-5 shape; moderate depth; inconsistent release points; works best in 77-78 velo band; refinements in release points and mechanics will boost command.
CH 20 30 85-87 88 Movement: 40/40
Command: 20/40

Inconsistent arm speed replication; mild feel; very mild fade; inconsistent release points; currently firm offering with poor command; refinement in release points and mechanics will boost command.
Overall

Baez has a lively arm, but the mechanics are currently a mess. His body lacks consistency towards the plate, with too many contradictory motions. Overall, I like the stuff and think the mechanical aspects are fixable. At the very least, the inconsistencies can be toned down. there is a very small chance he can stick as a starter, and that relies on the progression of his changeup and the improvement of his mechanics. The risk is high due to this being his first experience in full-season ball.

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