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Jerry Keel

Born: 09/26/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 6" Weight: 240
Mechanics
Long tall body, long arms; high leg lift, slow, mechanical, low three-quarter arm slot, slingshot arm action, deceptive, slow arm, wavers on curveball; command is fringy at best, missed spots, didn't show pitchability
Evaluator Grant Jones
Report Date 07/29/2016
Affiliate Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low A, Padres)
Dates Seen 7/28/16
OFP 40
Realistic 30: Org Depth
MLB ETA
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 45 50 88-91 92 Showed some sink and dive on occasion, will throw to both sides of the plate, velocity dip in the seventh to 86-88 (t89); movement gives pitch average projection
CH 35 40 80-81 81 Threw sparingly, showed potential with arm side fade, occassional tumble; needs repetitions with pitch
SL 35 45 77-81 81 Sat around 80, sweeping action, fringy pitch; threw less often than curveball, some ability to mix in and play off fastball
CB 30 35 68-71   1-7 movement, loopy and deep; arm slot wanders, very inconsistent at present, lacks command; spun a couple that showed fringe potential and generated swing-and-miss, limited projection for useful consistency
Overall

Keel has four pitches and average velocity from the left side, and the fastball plays well with occasional sink and dive. His command is fringy, and he lacks an overpowering pitch. The changeup and slider both showed potential as 40-45 pitches, but the curve displayed no real promise of developing into a useable major league pitch. His arm speed in general is slow, and it wavers on the deuce.

The long-term outlook here is an organizational depth piece with some potential of touching the majors as a left-hander out of the bullpen if either his change or slider take a step forward.

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