December 17, 1996
Ciudad Bolivar, VZ
free agent (August 2013)
ETA: Mid 2020
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Physical Description: Has filled out considerably since
he signed. Solid pitcherís frame with a thick lower half. Minimal
Mechanics: Throws from a
three-quarters arm slot. Starts with his hands by his belt and keeps them
there. High leg kick. Some effort in delivery and short arm action with a
wrist wrap behind. Hides the ball well, keeping his arm behind his body
until he releases the pitch. Gets great extension towards the plate.
Fastball: 93-95 mph. Tops out at 97 mph. Pitch shows
natural cut. Has late life and jumps on hitters, particularly
left-handers, due to arm slot, deception, and extension. Pitch has shown
the ability to overwhelm hitters in the low minors even when he isnít
hitting his spots. Command and control need refinement and are
below-average at present. Velocity could play up in short bursts.
Potential plus-to-better offering.
76-79 mph. 1-to-7 break with a high spin rate. Shows feel for the pitch. At its best, really
snaps it off and pitch shows depth and tight rotation. Inconsistent, rolls
slower at lower velocities. Potential abvove-average offering.
Changeup: 82-86 mph. Firm. Work in progress, clear third pitch.
Will flash fade on occasion. Fringe-average to average potential.
Slider: 83-87 mph. Inconsistent shape, can sometimes move
like a cutter. Will flash tight
rotation and late bite, but will also get loose when he doesnít finish the
pitch. Average potential.
Career Notes: Signed out
of Venezuela in Agust 2013 for a marginal bonus. Spent two seasons in the
DSL, earning a spot in the rotiation in 2015. Participated in 2015 and
2016 Fall Instructional League. Put himself on the radar as a prospect in
2017, impressing during his age 20 season in Greenville.
Summation: Left-hander with a sturdy pitcherís frame and some
deception in his delivery. Possesses an intriguing fastball and is still
young enough that his secondary pitches could take a step forward as well.
Still learning to incorporate secondary pitches and not rely too much on
his fastball. Likely projects and is best suited for the bullpen, where
his stuff could play up and secondary pitches would not need to develop as
much. If breaking ball or changeup and command and control improve, could
develop into a number four starter with a plus fastball.