Tall, broad shoulders with slope, long legs and an athletic build, physically mature; average arm speed into a 3/4 arm slot, mild effort, inverted foot on landing with mild recoil, falls off to 1st base side; 1.31-1.35 from stretch
Heavy with moderate arm-side run, good plane with late life, will elevate and miss bats, held velocity well; above-average control projection.
Strike-to-ball sweep, showed utility against righties, struggled to consistently bury, would leave over the plate.
12-6 shape, lacked feel, inconsistent depth; continued to work throughout the game, improvement as game went on, tried to bury on pitchers counts; froze batters when he got it right.
Signed for $3 million out of Cuba last year, Baez is an imposing figure on the mound. He knows how to use the fastball to miss bats and the slider is close to being a major league-average pitch. In my look, a lot of work was being done on the curveball. It was very inconsistent, but the few times he got it right, hitters looked uncomfortable. If it develops there is potential for a mid-rotation starter that can eat innings. Without, there is still a scenario where Baez becomes a big arm out of the bullpen.