Yeudy Garcia

Born: 10/06/1992 (Age: 24)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 203
Three-quarters delivery; has a whippy arm motion with plus arm speed; athletic delivery with clean arm action; moderate effort; delivery isn’t as consistent as it needs to be if he wants to start; inconsistent release point.
Evaluator Greg Goldstein
Report Date 06/07/2017
Affiliate Altoona Curve (AA, Pirates)
Dates Seen 6/2/2017
OFP/Risk 50/High
Realistic 45; Middle Reliever
MLB ETA 2018
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 55 60 94-95 96 Fastball missed often because of the considerable arm-side movement the pitch had at times, frequently rode in on hitters; shaky command early, refined later in start; above-average life, could be a swing-and-miss offering with advanced command.
Changeup 40 45 85-86 Tumbles in the zone, could produce a few swing and misses if he can harness control of the pitch; Didn’t give the pitch a chance on multiple occasions, which made for easy takes.
Slider 45 50 87-88 Has the potential to become a hard slider that gets hitters to chase, but for now, he needs to make the offering tighter and command it better to reach that point.

Garcia has an athletic delivery and a live arm that should play better as a reliever. There is undeniable talent in his profile, but he will never produce at the major-league level unless he can throw strikes at least somewhat consistently. He’ll start in the minors because he’s still young and projectable. But, his stuff should play better once he makes the switch to the pen. He has the potential to make a significant difference there given that his control issues won’t be as much of a problem in shorter appearances, combined with the fact that his already above average fastball will play up in that role.


Beau Burrows

Born: 09/18/1996 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 200
Simple, repeatable delivery; no red flags throughout; shows ability to adjust on the fly and keep mechanics in rhythm; will occasionally pull across body too much and lose balance at release; short arm circle compliments very good arm speed well to keep his upper and lower bodies in sync.
Evaluator Mark Anderson
Report Date 06/08/2017
Affiliate Erie SeaWolves (AA, Tigers)
Dates Seen 06/07/2017
OFP/Risk 55/Moderate
Realistic 50; No. 4 Starter
MLB ETA Mid-2018
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 65 92-95 98 Came out firing 95-96, t98 over the first two innings; velo backed up to 92-94 over final three innings; lacked higher-end velocity when he wanted it during last two innings; needs to improve strength to maintain upper-velocity register throughout start; showed good arm-side run when down in zone, making it difficult to barrel; elevated when he wanted to for strikeouts and still showed movement in that part of the strike zone; pitch has some deception and appears to get on hitters quickly; minor velocity projection remaining.
CB 45 55 72-74 75 Lacked feel in early innings, began to find it as the outing progressed; consistently missed up throughout the start and couldn't generate the tight spin I have seen in previous outings; snapped 2-3 off in the last two innings that were legitimate bat-missers; showed hard 12-6 movement w/ late action; potential above-average pitch; more potential to induce weak contact than generate consistent strikeouts.
SL 40 45 82-85 87 Similar to CB, lacked feel in early innings; showed tendency to over-throw offering consistently; typically 11-5 break but often blended to 12-6 and looked like a harder version of his CB; lacked preferred bite of hard SL; show-me pitch w/limited projection based on this viewing.
CH 45 50 84-85 86 Second-best present pitch in this outing; good velocity separation; holds FB disguise well with excellent arm speed and same arm slot/release point; trusts grip; occasional fade but no consistent movement he could rely on; kept hitters off balance and off FB throughout start; showed promising feel and has a chance to exceed this grade projection with work.

Slightly undersized but has good strength/build to handle workload; got off mound well and fielded position adequately; 1.21-1.34 to home plate; broad arsenal but no dominating pitch; may struggle to miss bats at times; elevated FB for strikeouts consistently and relied on weak contact thanks to movement down in the zone; FB-heavy outing but showed aptitude to mix CB and SL at times; threw strikes throughout start but lacked ability to locate outside of consistently elevating FB when he wanted to; needs to refine at least one secondary pitch to help augment lively fastball; command must develop to above-average to reach projection.

Cal Quantrill

Born: 02/10/1995 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 165
Drop-and-drive, loses tempo with inconsistent momentum at drop, deep arm swing, length to high three-quarters slot; hips open efficiently, above-average arm speed, struggles to keep everything working together, timing issues at present, athleticism to improve; consistently on line, balanced through drive; some jerk and recoil at arm deceleration, can finish tentatively.
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/12/2017
Affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm (High A, Padres)
Dates Seen 4/13, 6/12/17
OFP/Risk 60/High
Realistic 50: No. 4 Starter
MLB ETA 2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 60 92-95 96 Sat 93-4 (t95) in April, 92-94 (t96) in June; velo plays up off change, mixes the two pitches well; can pin it to both corners, keeps it down, has life down, gets on hitters quick; bouts of problem command at present, will let it leak up and arm-side, lacks movement up; athleticism to project command improvement, pitch can play to plus with above-average command, 55 with average command.
CH 55 70 80-83 84 Excellent arm speed, sells pitch effectively, late action, ball comes out crisp on fastball plane then checks up, plus tumble, will add a little cut occasionally; shows feel and trust, will pitch backwards off it, average present command with plus potential, keeps it down effectively even when struggling to repeat delivery.
CB 45 50 77-82 82 Sporadic usage across two starts, well-commanded present with above-average flash when he does snap it off; feel to spin it, commands it ball-to-strike right now; solid-average bite and finish into zone, has utilized only a couple times as chaser, less-consistent execution in small sample, less projection as zone-expander.

The former eighth-overall pick shows the ingredients of a quality starting pitching prospect, with a legitimate three-pitch mix headlined by a 70-potential secondary. He shows the ability to generate swing-and-miss and off-barrel contact, though he's inconsistent in his navigation of a start. The mechanics have wandered far away from him for stretches of each start I've seen, leading to arm-side and elevated misses. The frame is athletic and allows for some command projection, though the drive needs some attention, as he'll struggle with his timing at that stage of the delivery. If the body and mechanical base win the day there's high-three starter potential here with above-average command, while the stuff's good enough to project at least an inconsistent-but-sometimes-dynamic No. 4 Starter at the highest level.

Kevin Kramer

Born: 10/03/1993 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 190
Primary Position: 2B
Secondary Position:
Medium frame, some strength in build, no more projection.

Mechanics: Quick to the load position; Uses a slight leg kick; Mild leverage on the swing path; Minimal amount of load on the back foot; Remains balanced throughout and after his stroke.

Evaluator Greg Goldstein
Report Date 06/07/2017
Dates Seen 6/2/17-6/4/17
Affiliate Altoona Curve (AA, Pirates)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 Low 45 40; Bench player No

Nothing jumped off the page in terms of his character, played hard and was always in the game mentally.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Fairly short, linear swing; solid barrel control; average bat speed; lets the ball travel and can drive pitches up the middle and to oppo field; doesn’t get his hands in to pull pitches down the line, which could makes him susceptible to to getting jammed.
Power 30 Not much pop; lacks much of a load and has a more line-drive approach; could change his approach to produce more power, but would take away from his better hit tool.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Clocked at 4.18 from home to first; not a liability on the base paths and can score on a ball in the gap; don’t expect him to be much of a difference maker in terms of steals.
Glove 50 Hands and range make up for his lack of arm strength; very comfortable moving to both sides; doesn’t have the athleticism to be an anything more than a capable player with the glove.
Arm 45 Slightly below-average arm that is playable at second base; Has enough arm strength to turn a close double play; Lacks the arm strength to play at any other position.

Kramer is a solid, but unspectacular prospect that is overshadowed by his fellow middle infielder, Kevin Newman. Nevertheless, his hit tool should still play as average because of his ability to spray the ball all over the field. He doesn’t have a power approach, so he won’t make much of an impact there, but he does have the fielding chops and a reasonable enough arm to play second base effectively. Kramer could start as a second division regular if he begins to handle inside pitches better, but his upside is not so high.

Wladimir Galindo

Born: 11/06/1996 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 210
Primary Position: 3B
Secondary Position: 1B
Big body, athletic with little projection left, thick thighs and broad shoulders.
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 06/10/2017
Dates Seen 7X April-May
Affiliate South Bend Cubs (Low A, Cubs)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2021 High 50 40; Bench Player Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Hands start high, mild load and leg kick; average bat speed, mild leverage, some noise in swing, can get off balanced on secondary offerings, some inner third vulnerability to velocity.
Power 45 Mild leverage, average bat speed, 55 power to the pull side, game approach geared for line drives.
Baserunning/Speed 45 Average current speed, 4.25 average on multiple clocks from home to first base; high base running IQ, will take extra base; passive leads, not a base stealing threat; slight regression predicted as he ages.
Glove 50 Average defender, split time at both corner infield positions, average first step, moderate range, soft hands and fluid transfers.
Arm 50 Average arm strength, struggles at times with accuracy when on the move.

Part of the Cubs' 2013 international signing class, Galindo offers the potential to become a solid everyday corner infielder. He's shown bat to ball skills and his natural strength gives some pop. However, the game swing plays more towards line drives and limits his power potential. There are no standout tools like some of his 2013 counterparts, but it's a well rounded game with no glaring holes.

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Is it fair to say Quantrill's stock has dipped at least a little this year? In Ben Carsley's fantasy take on Quantrill before the year, he was dubbed a "potential front end starter," which is above what these more recent reports suggest.
I hadn't gone back and re-read that pre-season report, but seeing as how my OFP/Realistic ended up right in line with that one, I'm not sure the profile has really changed all *that* much. Like I noted, there's enough fluidity/athleticism to project that he'll make some gains in streamlining the delivery and holding it together through full starts, and I've heard tell of him flashing that ability in other starts this spring. Any time you see a starter with a plus fastball and true swing-and-miss 7 secondary he's got the potential to provide strong fantasy value by way of the K, though, so I wouldn't get discouraged.
Yikes number 4 projection for quantrill
"If the body and mechanical base win the day there's high-three starter potential here with above-average command, while the stuff's good enough to project at least an inconsistent-but-sometimes-dynamic No. 4 Starter at the highest level."

As noted, there's still a good deal of command-based variance here, and as I imply in the above I track towards conservative optimism he approaches his OFP. Regardless, big-league 4's don't grow on trees, and this should not in any way be taken as a disappointing projection.