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Franklin Perez

Born: 12/06/1997 (Age: 18)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 197
Mechanics
Physical: Lean upper body with room for added strength; thick lower half, higher maintenance body type, durable frame

Semi-wind with mild effort; high three-quarter slot with slight pause at max leg lift; inconsistent hand separation, quick in the back with inconsistent arm circle; foot strike wanders, lands flexed and stiff at times; poor balance, falls off to first-base side, head follows
Evaluator James Fisher
Report Date 06/30/2016
Affiliate Quad Cities River Bandits (Low A, Astros)
Dates Seen 5/24/16
OFP 55
Realistic 50/No. 4 Starter
MLB ETA 2019
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 50 65 88-93 95 Four-seam fastball 91-93, mild arm-side run, shows command potential, locates to both sides; three-way action, shows two-seam variant at 88-90, can cut it, advanced pitch
Curveball 30 50 78 81 11/5 but inconsistent shape; shows ability to spin it with downer rotation; mainly in-zone at present, did bury several down low
Changeup 40 60 83 83 Consistent arm speed; quality deception; flashes above average fade
Overall

Signed out of Venezuela, Perez is almost four years younger than most of his counterparts in the Midwest League. He's been bouncing back an forth between starting and relieving, but he shows the ingredients of a future starting pitcher. He already touches 95 with a fastball that jumps out of his hand with some arm-side run, and he shows an advanced ability to manipulate it with two-seam and cut variants. The curve is inconsistent at present, but when he stays on top it features 11/5 shape with depth. His changeup is an advanced pitch that he throws with proper arm speed to generate deception with late fade down in the zone. The command is spotty at times but throws enough strikes when the mechanics are right to project a future filling up the zone. All told, Perez has the frame to be an innings eater with a quality fastball and two at-least-average secondaries.

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