3/4th slot; tall and lanky; long arms allow good extension toward the plate; awkward hitch in delivery; it does not affect him in a negative way as he can repeat his delivery very well; in fact he benefits from it with plus deception of all his pitches, especially his fastball; kept his delivery in sync from the stretch as well; good arm speed on all his pitches, creating further deception.
Modesto Nuts (High A, Rockies)
Command: above average. Movement: some movement to the arm side. Notes: not afraid to come inside to both lefties and righties. Velocity plays up due to good deception. Blew some hitters away that were sitting on his offspeed stuff. Can sometimes elevate and get away with it, but he will need to watch that at the highest level when he gets there.
Command: above average. Movement: plus sink/fade to the arm side. Really good depth to the pitch. Keeps righties off his fastball with it; kept it down all game. Plays off the fastball exceptionally well. Plus arm speed which produced numerous swings and misses.
Curveball, velocity: 76. Command: developing, currently average. Movement: loopy movement, not a sharp breaker. Broke off the curve away to lefties and buried it in the ground to righties. While not a plus offering, it offers enough movement and change of pace to be effective and can produce weak contact
Also throws a slider, another pitch that can keep hitters off the fastball; touched 84, with some decent run across the plate. Controls the running game well with a quick, deceptive move to first. Timed him 1.2 to the plate multiple times, so it will be hard to run on him.
Very good feel for pitching. Commands the fastball and changeup exceptionally well. Uses arsenal very well and does not fall in love with his fastball. Changes speeds and started off some hitters with off-speed the second time through the lineup. Shows ability to set hitters up for certain pitches. Has more arm strength than he displays in the game. His talent comes in his ability to put the ball where he wants, change speeds, and outsmart the opposition. With excellent poise and demeanor on the hill, he can be a very valuable back-end starter in the near future.
OFP Grade: 50; #4-5 Starter.