Will show cut and run, though manipulations are slight, mild downhill plane; control over command, uses to all parts of zone, misses are usually to arm-ide; maintains velocity from stretch, tendency to flatten out in stretch
Maintains arm speed, quality velocity separation, slight fade with drop; tendency to throw to glove-side
12-6 shape; short vertical break, keeps it low in the zone
Slight tilt, mild sweeping action; tendency to work out of zone glove-side and low
Walk avoidance is exceptional, can struggle with tighter horizontal zones
Deploys fastball to all parts of zone, tendency to work glove-side with off-speed offerings, displays feel for offerings, limited by raw stuff
Drafted in the second round in 2015 and acquired from Houston in the Ken Giles trade, Eshelman is an advanced control right-hander with four fringe-to-average pitches. The fastball sits average, lacking plane but staying off barrels with subtle cut and run. The change is his best secondary offering, flashing average with slight fade and drop, while the benders both project as below-average offerings. He has feel for both pitches, though neither displays a ton of sharpness or ceiling. The standout tool is control, which borders on elite; he shows a preternatural ability to throw strikes, and his short arm action and high release point add deception. He may surface as a fifth-starter option, though he's likely best suited in a long-relief role.