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May 18, 2017

Eyewitness Accounts

May 18, 2017

by BP Prospect Staff


Roniel Raudes

Born: 01/16/1998 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 160
Mechanics
Over-the-top motion. Clean arm action. Average arm speed and mild effort. Capable of repeating delivery well. Odd timing mechanism pre-pitch out of windup including body gyration and glove going over head before coming set. 1.35-1.38 to home plate.
Evaluator Victor Filoromo
Report Date 05/15/2017
Affiliate Salem Red Sox (High A, Red Sox)
Dates Seen 5/1/17
OFP/Risk 50/Medium
Realistic 45: Back-end of rotation
MLB ETA 2020
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 40 50 89-91 93 Sat 89-90 in early going with average command; heavy and boring pitch with arm-side run evident. Late life on fastball as game moved on. Showed better command of pitch as game moved on as well. Average command of pitch overall. Capable of slowing pitch down to get better movement and wiggle in the zone.
Curveball 45 55 75-76 77 Sharp 12-to-6 break. Above-average command and great feel for pitch. Late bite; swing and miss potential and chance to be above-average pitch.
Changeup 40 50 80-82 83 Good command; strong fade with arm speed consistently similar to that of fastball. Creating better velocity separation from fastball than in past; has the potential to be an average pitch.
Slider 35 45 83-84 85 Handful of sliders thrown in game; below-average command of pitch. Below-average depth, not much tilt on the pitch.
Overall

Raudes, a 19-year-old from Nicaragua, shows an advanced feel with his curveball and has average command of a fastball that currently sits 89-91 mph. Listed at just 160 pounds, one would expect Raudes to fill out a bit and gain some strength on the fastball. He has a clean, repeatable delivery, and has the potential to be a back-end of the rotation option.


Dylan Cease

Born: 12/28/1995 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 190
Mechanics
Slim, athletic build with slight projection left; starts from a semi-windup, three-quarters slot, plus arm speed, efficient motion with mild effort, clean finish, athletic deceleration; fields position well
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 05/15/2017
Affiliate South Bend Cubs (Low A, Cubs)
Dates Seen 5/6/17
OFP/Risk 60/High
Realistic 55 — No. 3/4 starter
MLB ETA 2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
4-Seam FB 60 60 94-95 96 Generates velocity with plus arm speed, straight and heavy; locates well, will elevate to generate strikeouts
2-Seam FB 55 60 91-92 92 Shows arm side run and some weight, will run in on the hands of right handed hitters, trusts pitch, will throw in hitters counts
CH 45 50 79-81 81 Still developing feel, inconsistent arm speed replication, good velocity separation, showed late fade, some swing-and-miss potential
CB 40 50 71-73 74 11-to-5 movement; when right has depth and bite; inconsistent, will lose shape on occasion; lacks command
Overall

Cease is a quality starting pitching prospect. He shows four potentially major league average or better pitches. His delivery is clean with only mild effort which project plus command in the future. If the change and curve can continue to improve he could develop into a high No. 3 starter. Without that development, there is still enough in his stuff to become a valuable bullpen arm.


Luis Valdes

Born: 01/18/1989 (Age: 28)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 190
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
At 28 years old, effectively no projection, he is what he is. Large body, moderate fill, slight extra baggage in the stomach area.
Evaluator Javier Barragan
Report Date 05/09/2017
Dates Seen 5/5,5/7
Affiliate Lakeland Flying Tigers (High A, Tigers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Low 45 40 — Backup Infielder Yes
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