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Jacob (J.B.) Bukauskas

Born: 10/11/1996 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 196
Mechanics
Short, solid muscular build; three-quarter slot, inconsistent mechanics, significant head whack; velocity generated by whip in upper body, quick to the plate, occasionally falls off to first-base side; doesn’t use his lower half, arm-strength delivery, elite arm speed
Evaluator Jeff Long
Report Date 06/06/2017
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Dates Seen 5/26/2017
OFP 50
Realistic 45; No. 5 Starter/Swingman
MLB ETA 2019
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FA 50 70 91-96 98 High-90s offering plays down at present due to lack of movement, inconsistent command; 94-96 early, velocity dropped off after 50 pitches, better life at 91-93 in later innings, needs command and movement to play up to the velo
SL 40 50 81-88 90 Hard slider plays well off fastball, command below-average, lost it to his glove side multiple times; 86-88 (t90) early, better shape and movement at 81-83 later in the game, more bite and vertical action at lower velocity
CH 30 40 86-88 88 Shares velocity band with breaking ball; ,ell below-average command, struggled to turn over, lost to his arm side several times; abandoned it in middle innings
Overall

Bukauskas has incredible physical tools, but his inability to harness them results in inconsistent performance. He showed some of the tools that have pushed him into top-10 consideration – his fastball topped out at 98 twice, and both secondaries flashed excellent movement. He struggled to command all three pitches, however, and fought to find consistent mechanics early on.

He displayed superior command and better movement on his breaking ball in particular with lower velocity deeper in the start. All five strikeouts came after his 65th pitch, with a breaking ball that looks more like a slurve than a power slider. If a team can get Bukauskas to engage his lower half through his delivery, there’s a chance he could maintain his higher velocity with the command he flashed at 92-94 mph.

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