December 10, 1996
International free agent (July 2013)
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Tall left-hander with a projectable frame. Thick at present, but frame
could support added weight. Works from the third base side of the rubber.
Uses three-quarters arm slot with high leg kick and long arm action. Some
front-side deception caused by a slight pause at the top of his delivery.
Comes across his body and has a lot of moving parts in his delivery.
Fastball currently sits 87-89 mph, topping out at 90 mph. Loses velocity
as he works deeper into games, ending up more in the 85-87 mph range.
Could add velocity as he physically matures, as he lacks strength at
present. Secondary stuff consists of a curveball, slider and changeup.
Curveball has 11-to-5 break at 67-71 mph. Long, slow, sweepy pitch is more
of a breaker that rolls to the plate. Changeup at 80-82 mph is on the firm
side, but has flashed late movement. Slider at 82-83 mph is loose with
short, 10-to-4 break. Very raw at present, all about projection going
forward. Trained at the same Venezuelan amateur program as Felix Doubront.