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Christian Binford

Born: 12/20/1992 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 6" Weight: 217
Mechanics
6’6” broad frame; very filled out; thick lower half but athletic build; has very good control of limbs; high leg kick and hands get high in unison; small arm stab to a long arm action; comes to high ¾ slot every time; long stride and good momentum to the plate; hips and shoulders rotate in unison; falls off to 1B side often; repeats mechanics well for how big he is; can stiff in delivery and land on stiff front leg.
Evaluator CJ Wittmann
Report Date 05/04/2014
Affiliate Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A, Royals)
Dates Seen 4/12/14; 4/26/14
OFP 55
Realistic 50; no. 4/5 starter
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 55 55 89-92 93 creates big downhill plane; arm-side run; uses all 4 quadrants effectively; command profile plus.
SL 50 55 80-82 83 late, sharp break with some tilt; flashed plus; effective best thrown to righties away; can get soft with it and breaks early allowing hitters to see it early; not a completely swing and miss pitch; comes from same arm slot as FB.
CH 40 50 79-82 84 arm-side fade with vertical drop; noticeable arm speed difference from FB; can get firm and lose effectiveness; presently below avg.; could play to average with work.
Overall

I saw Binford with his best stuff. He punched out 10 over 7 innings and he was enjoyable. He repeats well surprisingly but doesn’t have the dominating stuff. He creates good plane on his FB with run and spots it well. The CH is a work in progress and he needs work maintaining arm speed but the pitch shows the CH action and could miss bats. His command was plus all night and I think he fits well in a backend starter’s role. This could be a guy who can sneak into the Top 10 Royals prospects next year.

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