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Clay Holmes

Born: 03/27/1993 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 230
Mechanics
Body: XL frame, tall with workhorse width and classic features of a power pitcher; broad shoulders, muscular lower-half, XL arms and legs; fairly athletic and coordinated for size, quick pickoff move

Delivery: semi-wind, moderate stiffness and effort that can hinder command, consistently pulls off-line from targets, falls to first base as backside swings around hard; upper-half is upright and stiff through finish

Arm Action: Long, off-line arm in the back, hooked appearance; stiffer high three-quarter slot, varied release points
Evaluator Adam McInturff
Report Date 07/08/2016
Affiliate Altoona Curve (AA, Pirates)
Dates Seen April, July 2016
OFP 50
Realistic 45: Middle Relief
MLB ETA 2018
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 55 60 90-94 96 Sits 92-93, grabs 95/96 on best bolts; playable arm-side run, slows his arm and works around 90 when the zone escapes him; plus natural arm-strength, velocity plays up in pen role without as much pressure on his control; below-avg control and command, marginal room left for adjustments; loses his mechanics and the zone wavers on him, lack of extension takes his height and angle out of the equation, consistently misses up and arm-side during worst sequences
Curveball 50 55 78-80 81 Power curveball flashes good shape and the sharp bite to miss bats when best executed; showing more consistent quality action as season progresses; can play down in a starting role, gets ahead in counts too infrequently to get to it as a swing-and-miss offering
Changeup 45 50 83-84 85 Fringy-but-playable changeup, flashes average; quality arm speed replication, straight, limited movement, velocity separation to get hitters out in front
Control 40 45     Below-average control, strike-thrower, has fallen out of best control-command sequences frequently across two viewings; can throw basic strikes with high-velocity three-pitch mix at best, inconsistent execution inning to inning
Overall

Ceiling: Back-end starter with impact stuff and limited consistency
Realistic: Hard-throwing middle reliever

Physical workhorse, power frame and arsenal. Low-90's fastball with flashes of plus velocity in the 95-96 range, backed up by two solid secondary pitches. Development and consistency of control and command will dictate starting or relief future, though frame and raw stuff give him a decent chance to be big-league contributor in some capacity.

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