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Parker French

Born: 03/19/1993 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 225
Mechanics
Sturdy frame, strong, filled out, thick lower half, no physical projection remaining; oriented towards third base, semi-wind, quiet takeaway, effort in the leg kick, maintains posture, some stiffness in movement, lacks rhythm; deep arm action, long swing to high three-quarter slot; fluid, hard drive, firm plant, some violence, mild head whack, moderate recoil on fastballs, dead-arms his changeups; repeats well, consistent downhill; 1.22-1.34, slow feet on pick-offs; quick worker, controls tempo, competes, bears down situationally
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/08/2016
Affiliate Modesto Nuts (High A, Rockies)
Dates Seen 6/7/16
OFP 45
Realistic 40/Ground ball-inducing swing man
MLB ETA 2018
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 55 90-93 93 Heavy pitch, strong plane, well above-average movement, big sink, strong boring action, moderate run; attacks bottom of the zone, gets under barrels, gets in right-handers' kitchens, above-average command, mild arm-side leak
SL 30 40 83-86 87 Slurvy shape, short break, rolls it into the zone to steal strikes, lacks bite as a chaser, below-average tilt; commands it, hits his spots, keeps it out of danger zones; wrist action not conducive to hard snap
CH 40 45 80-82 83 Inconsistent movement, can generate hard arm-side snap, solid separation, tunnels well off fastball; arm angle migrates, will show it in his gather, consistent arm speed, lost location late; above-average tumble, solid command, fringe-average utility
Overall

Signed under slot by Colorado as a fifth-round senior-sign last summer. French has a durable frame and moderate athleticism, and he repeats his delivery well despite some effort and violence in the finish. He works off a potent two-seam fastball with solid weight that generates ground ball contact, and he dictates the game pace with an up-tempo style. The change plays well off his fastball, though he lacked feel at times and it shows present immaturity. He struggles to snap off his breaking ball and lacks a swing-and-miss pitch. If the changeup improves he can eat innings at the back of a rotation, and if it doesn't there's still potential bullpen utility on the strength of his solid control of a very heavy sinker.

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