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Connor Phillips

Born: 05/04/2001 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 190
Large frame with an athletic build, mild projection remaining. Utilizes a semi-windup, pitches from the 1B side of the rubber and features a slight crossfire action. 3/4 slot, quick arm, moderate effort in the delivery.
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 05/27/2022
Affiliate Dayton Dragons (High A, Reds)
Dates Seen 4/29/22
OFP/Risk 55/High
MLB ETA 2024
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 95-96 98 Flat offering but stays off the barrel with some natural arm side run. Generates swing and miss by working high in the zone. Plenty of late life in the pitch makes for uncomfortable at bats for hitters. Phillips has the stamina to hold velocity deep into a pitch count but if used in short relief bursts could touch triple digits.
CB 55 76-78 80 12-6 shape with good depth. Pairs well with the high octane, up in the zone fastball. Will steal a strike with it early in the count. Still developing fell for it, missed with it early in the start but as the game progressed it became sharp and generated several awkward swings.
SL 50 82-83 85 Inconsistent, currently gets left in the zone to often, but when he gets it right it shows potential to be an average major league pitch. 11-5 shape that sweeps out of the zone, away from right handed hitters.
CH 78 78 Only threw a couple in my look.
Young and athletic, Phillips has potential to add to his already impressive arsenal. Effort in the delivery makes it unlikely he ever has pinpoint command, but the athleticism is there to control every offering. The high fastball and sharp curve combo would make him a powerful late inning arm but the developing slider will allow him to remain in a starting role.

Case Williams

Born: 02/16/2002 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 210
Standard right-handed windup with a shortened arm action.
Evaluator Marc Delucchi
Report Date 06/16/2022
Affiliate Fresno Grizzlies (Low A, Nationals)
Dates Seen 6/15/2022
OFP/Risk 45/Medium
MLB ETA 2025
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 45 91 94 Sat 89-92 occasionally touching 94 mph. Fairly straight pitch without notable rise, playing below velo. Showed good feel (given age and level) for throwing strikes with the pitch, but was not painting any corners. Giants hitters squared it up throughout the outing. He’s still just 20 and might have a little room to add some weight. Probably will need to get to 92-94 to have a truly 45-grade offering.
Changeup 40 84 86 Easily his worst pitch. Arm action was good, but a lack of movement and a relatively small speed disparity put it on a tee for Giants hitters. Didn’t look like a potential big-league pitch on Wednesday.
Curveball 55 76 78 Curveball flashed sharp hammer break, but Williams was unable to throw it in the zone. A couple hitters whiffed at it the first time through the order, but it quickly became an easy take for Giants hitters. Might have a chance to be a plus offering, but it looked too easy for opponents to ignore.
Williams is still a work in progress. He has a good feel for locating his fastball and break on his curveball, but his changeup is lagging far beyond the other two offerings, which aren’t good enough to dominate even at Single-A. He’s a long way from his ceiling, but barring a significant improvement, he projects as a multi-inning swingman.

Nick Nastrini

Born: 02/18/2000 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 185
Extra Large frame with an athletic build; physically mature; Semi-windup delivery, above-average arm speed with a 3/4 slot, inverted foot strike, mild effort.
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 06/26/2022
Affiliate Great Lakes Loons (High A, Dodgers)
Dates Seen 5/27, 6/22/22
OFP/Risk 60/Very High
MLB ETA 2024
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 95-96 97 Easy velocity, ball jumps out of his hand, holds velocity deep into his outings; straight and flat offering lacking movement; currently, more control over command; has the velocity to be a double-plus pitch but plays down due to command and movement.
Changeup 60 83-86 86 Firm but he sells it well with good arm speed replication and excellent velocity separation. Generated plenty of weak, out-in-front swings during my looks.
Slider 60 83-87 87 Still developing a feel for both of the breaking pitches with the slider slightly more advanced. Sweeping action, will throw it out of the zone to generate swing and miss. Future out-pitch with continued development.
Curveball 50 78-81 81 Only threw the curve a handful of times in each outing, still a work in progress; 12-6 movement with some depth; potential major league average offering.
Nastrini battled severe control issues at UCLA but has returned to form in the professional ranks. The overall stuff is excellent and he possesses a physical build that will be capable of logging starting pitcher innings. The variance of the profile is very high, the control could easily slip and flame out early. However, if the command keeps coming together, he could become a front of the rotation arm.

Bryan Ramos

Born: 03/12/2002 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 190
Primary Position: 3B
Secondary Position:
Large frame, broad shoulders, strong throughout.
Ben Spanier
Report Date 06/22/2022
Dates Seen several Apr, May, Jun
Affiliate Winston-Salem Dash (High A, White Sox)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2025 Medium 55 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Fluid and versatile swing for a power hitter, able to manipulate the barrel and get to pitches in all four quadrants. Quick inside and takes pitches away where they are pitched. Shows ability to stay on breaking stuff.
Power 60 Above-average bat speed and natural strength creates easy power to all fields, already plays in-game and he can tap into it against different pitch types and locations.
Baserunning/Speed 45 Decent runner, might lose a step eventually. Can be overzealous at times.
Glove 50 Makes the plays at third for the most part, though the actions aren’t the smoothest. Range is fine at present.
Arm 55 Strong arm, makes the routine throws.
I really think Ramos can hit, and the power is quickly evident. Going back to 2021 he has shown well against older competition. There might be some question about positional fit (especially if he fills out a bit more), so he’ll need to keep impressing with the bat at the upper levels.

Alexander Canario

Born: 05/07/2000 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 165
Primary Position: RF
Secondary Position: CF
Large frame, lean and athletic with excellent body control, room for moderate amount of good weight to be added.
Nathan Graham
Report Date 06/14/2022
Dates Seen Multiple 2021/2022
Affiliate South Bend Cubs (High A, Cubs)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2023 Very High 45 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Upright, slightly open stance; despite professional experience he’s still raw, trying to find a consistent setup. Lacks balance, too often he gets caught out front and swings without incorporating lower half. Pitch recognition and two-strike approach were close to non-existent when I saw him in the fall of 2021 but have improved this season. Aggressive hitter, will expand the zone, too often chasing pitches he cannot drive.
Power 50 Canario has plus raw power generated by above-average bat speed, but loses a grade in-game due to hit tool deficiencies. He will punish mistakes, driving them over the wall to all fields. However, will too often sell out for power.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Athletic with plus raw speed, (4.30 average home to first on multiple clocks.) He will swipe the occasional bag but is not a consistent threat to run. Speed will play average with physical maturity.
Glove 50 Not a flashy defender but capable of handling all three outfield positions. Shows solid instinct and gets good jumps on balls off of the bat.
Arm 60 Plus arm strength, average arm for right, above for left and center; throws are accurate and show good carry.
There’s a huge amount of variance in Canario’s profile, all of which are dependent on the bat. I’m encouraged by the improvements that I witnessed this spring, especially the approach, and I think he’ll hit enough to be a second-division regular. However, there is the positive risk that his talent and continued instruction coax out an above-average major league outfielder.

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