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Zach Davies

Born: 02/07/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 150
Mechanics
Very small frame; undersized athlete; 160 pounds at most; pure mechanics; compact delivery; natural 3/4 arm slot; quick-twitch muscles provide excellent arm speed; more arm than lower half but gets the most out of the small lower half.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 04/29/2014
Affiliate Bowie Baysox (AA, Orioles)
Dates Seen 4/6/2014, 4/23/2014
OFP 50
Realistic 45: Backend starter; spot starter
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 45 45 88-91 92 late life; extreme arm-side run; plane is not great; hittable if located poorly; generally displays better command but was erratic on both nights; fringe-average pitch; if a growth spurt ever occurs, would need to re-think grades; has not seen one in three years since becoming pro.
CB 45 50 73-75 77 12-to-6; solid depth; can have tight spin but will occasionally cast it; command is spotty at times; small refinements will make this pitch average and a good enough secondary offering to keep him in a rotation.
CH 60 60 79-81 81 Plus pitch; drops off the table; good depth and fade to arm side; tails from left-handed hitters; ability to command and control in any count; will throw at any time; doubles up on CH more often than not; hitters struggle to pick up fade out of hand.
Overall

Davies is an interesting player, as he does not have a large frame and the overall arsenal plays as average. However, he is cognizant on the mound and displays an adept knowledge of the game. He is not afraid to challenge batters even with average stuff, and often pitches backward. He has great composure on the mound and shows strong pitchability. If growth ever does occur, it will be monumental in his game. He can get by as a back-end starter as of now, but the command will need to continue as plus. Davies has been battling a few injuries, and I have seen him better in the past. He also threw a slider in the past, which I have not yet seen in two starts

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