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Dinelson Lamet

Born: 07/18/1992 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 187
Mechanics
Heavier and more filled out than listing, looks to be closer to 200, strong frame, square shoulders, long legs with projection for durability; athletic delivery, fluid takeaway, closed front shoulder, above-average arm speed to high-three-quarters slot; long stride, front leg drift, inconsistent drive; changes height of leg kick out of the stretch, shortens and quickens with runner at first, longer with multiple runners on, creates timing issues into drive, 1.22-1.35 home.
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 04/11/2016
Affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm (High A, Padres)
Dates Seen 4/7/16
OFP/Risk 50/High
Realistic 40/Middle Reliever
MLB ETA 2017
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 55 65 91-95 96 Came out 93-95 (t96), was 91-93 (t95) in final inning; holds plane with boring action, works pitch north-south, average control, command plays at a present 40; late life, plays above barrels, fly ball pitch with associated home run vulnerabilities; mild armside run at lower end of velo band, pitch should play up in short spurts
SL 45 55 87-89 90 Tight pitch with sharp tilt and short break, will front door, sweep out of zone; inconsistent bite, got away with a couple hangers thanks to plus velo; command refinement and general consistency can push into above-average range
Overall

Lamet has an excellent pitcher's frame and athleticism to his delivery, but some inconsistency in his weight transfer and drive direction coupled with long limbs limits his pitch-to-pitch repetition. He was around the zone all night, but he struggled with fine command to the corners. The fastball has enough life to miss barrels up in the zone, though he'll be prone to mistakes getting hit a long way. The slider showed moderate bat-missing ability with inconsistent present execution. He didn't throw a third pitch. The mechanical shortfalls and raw stuff suggest a potential path onto a 25-man roster as a useful middle reliever with high-leverage potential if the command progresses another tick.


Justus Sheffield

Born: 05/13/1996 (Age: )
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 196
Mechanics
Body: Smaller stature; broad shoulders, barrel chested, durably built; thick and strong lower half; physically mature; body to hold up as a starter despite being short.

Delivery: Chance to start; though correctable, has mechanical concerns to iron out to make command more consistent. SWU; x-tall leg kick; generates power from aggressive back-leg drive; long stride makes landing leg stiff and rigid causing harder landings and the back-side to swing around hard; consistently falls off to glove-side through release. Plus arm-action; compact, in-line circle in the back; excellent arm-speed through high-three-quarters slot.

Evaluator Adam McInturff
Report Date 00/00/0000
Affiliate Lynchburg Hillcats (High A, Indians)
Dates Seen April 12, 2016
OFP/Risk 60/High
Realistic mid-rotation starter
MLB ETA 2018/2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 60 92-93 95 Plus velocity; holds 92-94 all game with touches of 95 early in outing; lively second-gear finish; occasional arm-side burst as well. Athletic enough he'll fill the zone with basic strikes at times; moderate effort/mechanical inefficiencies hinder command to spots; command can improve slightly, but will be reliant on velocity.
Cutter 50 55 91 94 Frequently used cut FB, especially to RHB; enough at-best flashes of above-average late glove-side life to project on pitch; mixes four-seam/cutter well; aimed cutter across plate to jam righties in on hands.
Slider 55 60 81 85 Future plus pitch; got numerous swings/misses throughout outing; made hitters look bad, especially left-handers. Veteran's concept of changing grips/depth on SL: longer, wider, deeper tilt at 81-83 with sweeping action to same-side hitters; throws harder at 84-85 with tight, late-darting action and less depth to righties.
Changeup 45 55 82 84 3rd/4th pitch at present, underused; short, darting, late-showing one-plane run to arm-side. Good arm-speed/sell in front of delivery w/ velocity separation from FB; safe bet to get to average; athleticism+arm-speed could make it tick better than that; needs to add depth for 55+ future.
Overall

Short stature, moderate effort, and big fastball will raise questions about 'pen future. I think he's durable and athletic enough to continue to make adjustments and bring plus stuff to rotation. Will take some time and comes with risk, but see ceiling as aggressive #no. 3 starter with power FB/SL mix.


Jose Berrios

Born: 05/27/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 185
Mechanics
Arm Action: early stab, slight wrap, free and easy motion; quick arm

Delivery: high kick; easy delivery w/ slight crossfire to motion; slight tilt

Body: lean, wiry frame; broad shoulders; proportioned, athletic build

Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 04/17/2016
Affiliate Rochester Red Wings (, Twins)
Dates Seen 04/16
OFP/Risk 60/Low
Realistic Low 2/High 3 starter
MLB ETA 2016
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 65 93-94 95 easy velocity, locates for strikes; room to add to sitting speed; maintains from stretch; gets downhill with arm-side run to both sides of plate
CB 60 65 82 83 10-5 movement; sharp, 2-plane slurvy action; late horizontal movement; will change shape with less velo
CH 60 60 84 84 plus fading action; will use mostly to armside; good separation from FB
CONTROL 55 60 will pitch himself into trouble, but locates everything for strikes consistently
Overall

Front-end rotation starter with three present plus pitches. Easy athleticism is fully on display. Free and loose on the mound. Entire pitch mix generates swings and misses. Fastball is sneaky with room to add. Curveball is plus and could tick up with consistency locating to glove-side of plate. Change has plus fade and separation from fastabll. Plus feel and control. Should be a highly capable no. 2/3 starter for most teams. An elite talent.


Bradley Zimmer

Born: 11/27/1992 (Age: )
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 185
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Tall, lean, athletic build with long arms and legs. Lanky frame but growing into strength/power. Body type compares to Shawn Green.
Evaluator Adam McInturff
Report Date 00/00/0000
Dates Seen April 7-April 10, 2016
Affiliate Akron RubberDucks (AA, Indians)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2016 Moderate 60 Regular in center field Yes
Makeup

Big-league vibe; professional demeanor; didn't get too high or too low.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Fairly safe bet to reach above-average hit tool; fluid, balanced stroke even on power swings; stays short to the ball for long-armed hitter; consistently showed ability/willingness to go with outside pitches and use the opposite field. Loose, effortless, quick bat-speed with level path; barrel in the hitting zone a long time. Encouraged by ability to make quick in-game adjustments. Showed consistent issue ID'ing changes fading away; occasional trouble with velocity on hands—both can be corrected with repetition.
Power 55 60-grade raw power that might finish a half-grade higher as he continues to fill out frame. Launched a towering pull-side drive to foul territory that cleared the whole stadium. Game power likely plays below raw power due to all-fields, line-drive approach—though will allow higher batting averages and more doubles. Still learning to open up on pitches and generate HR power in games. Power coming on late; will continue to develop; 15-20 HR in the tank with chance for more in later stages of career.
Baserunning/Speed 60 above-average runner who gets the most out of his speed defensively and on the bases. Though a 55-grade straight-away runner, speed and stolen base ability play a half-grade up because of excellent base running instincts. Reads pitchers well and has posted 30+ SB seasons as professional. Likely double-digit stolen base totals at the major-league level.
Glove 60 Unusually tall for center but can stay at position and play it well. Took quality routes in this series and covered plenty of ground with long, graceful defensive running stride underway.
Arm 60 Limited looks at arm on challenge plays in this series. One throw he did make showed plus velocity and carry; straight-line bullet into the IF on a turn after he robbed a well-hit ball to RCF.
Overall

Ceiling of multiple-time all-star; championship-caliber regular in center; 20/20 upside, quality defender at premium center-diamond position. Well-balanced toolset that can impact the game in a lot of ways; still growing into some power. Close to major-league ready; can see him up late 2016.


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