Joe Gunkel Salem Red Sox  |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 23
Born: December 30, 1991
Boynton Beach, FL
Height: 6-6
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 18th round, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
College: West Chester
High School: Hershey (PA)

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Dispatches from the Fort: Spring Training 2014 (3.27.14)

Physical Description: Physical, big frame. Filled out. Decent athlete for size.  

Mechanics: Low three-quarters arm slot somewhat minimizes height, but still gets solid extension. High effort delivery. Arm wrap behind body.  

Fastball: 88-92 mph. Average potential. Jumps on hitters late. Low arm slot tough to pick up. Arm-side run. Generates weak contact. Pitch plays up due to arm slot.  

Slider: 79-82 mph. Solid-average potential. Big sweeping breaking ball. Long horizontal movement, but lacks tilt. Showed bite and could be a solid secondary offering. Confident in pitch.  

Changeup: 80-84 mph. Fringe-average potential. Sink, lacks feel. Doesn’t throw often.  

Career Notes: Showed big-game prowess in college, being named the Most Outstanding Player at the Division II national championship as a sophomore. Began his pro career working out of the bullpen, but moved into the rotation early in 2014 after continued dominance in relief.  

Summation: Future sixth/seventh-inning reliever. Fastball/slider combo especially effective against right-handed batters, but delivery gives lefties a good look at the ball. Knows how to pitch. His two-pitch mix easily overwhelms current competition, but will be tested by more advanced hitters.

 
   
  Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2011 West Chester NCAA Coll --- 19 4 2 0.667 4.01 10 5 2 49.3 63 32 22 1 15 44 1.58 2.93 8.03
  2012 West Chester NCAA Coll --- 20 10 1 0.909 2.07 12 12 0 87.0 65 23 20 3 16 45 0.93 2.81 4.66
  2013 West Chester NCAA Coll --- 21 7 4 0.636 2.44 11 11 0 77.3 62 28 21 2 11 76 0.94 6.91 8.84
  2013 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 21 0 0 --- 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 --- 9.00
  2013 Lowell NYPL A Bos 21 3 0 1.000 1.35 14 0 5 20.0 8 4 3 0 3 32 0.55 10.67 14.40
  2014 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 3 0 1.000 2.28 17 5 2 51.3 26 15 13 3 11 62 0.72 5.64 10.87
  2014 Salem Car A Bos 22 3 5 0.375 4.64 10 10 0 52.3 62 32 27 3 13 39 1.43 3.00 6.71
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 12, 2013 by Chris Calciano
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: July 3, 2013 (GCL Red Sox)
MLFA Eligible: November 2019
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2016
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2014):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2015): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
: -s
     
  Awards
2012 Division II College World Series Most Outstanding Player
2013 NY-Penn League All-Star
South Atlantic League All-Star (2014)
SoxProspects.com Awards
2014 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2014 SoxProspects.com Season-End All-Star

 

  

 
 

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