Huge frame, listed at 210 but looks closer to 250; future weight gain could put undue pressure on legs; high leg kick; 3/4 arm slot; upper body often out of sync with legs; head stays balanced; splays front leg between stride and foot strike; plus arm speed; loose arm; release point varies; hides the ball well; stays on top of the ball; falls downhill; spine tilt; does not field position well.
Everett AquaSox (Short Season, Mariners)
50; backend starter or setup reliever
Sat 92-94, but regularly mixed in 95 and 96; easy velocity; downhill plane; stays on top of the ball; two-seamer features plenty of tail; poor command of the pitch, particularly from the stretch; showed ability to consistently throw fastball for strikes out of the windup; induced several whiffs in the zone; maintained velocity throughout six inning start.
11-5 break; shallow depth; high velocity did not permit significant break; flashed average with more depth when thrown a bit slower; maintains arm speed well; can throw the curve for strikes.
Best ones showed depth and tumbled out of the zone; inconsistent execution, as most of them were straight and elevated in the zone; arm speed consistent with the fastball; can throw change for strikes.
There's a tremendous gap between where Gohara is now, and where he could be if he learns to harness his arsenal and his off-speed offerings develop to their potential. He'll dominate short-season competition with just the fastball, but will need to work on his curve and changeup, both of which were generally flat and featured limited movement. Consistent arm speed gives him a good foundation to develop both pitches, but each will require considerable repetition to become average offerings. More importantly, he's shown a very limited ability to hit spots, and will need to substantially improve his command if he's going to turn over a big league lineup multiple times. At 18-years-old he's young enough to improve in both facets, and I'm encouraged that he looked substantially better in my viewing this year than when I saw him last season.