January 16, 1998
free agent (July 2014)
Scouting Scratch (10.16.15)
Scouting Scratch (7.6.16)
Notes from the Field (4.11.17)
Average size with some projection. On the skinny side, but lacks a typical
pitcher’s frame. Long torso, short legs. Height and weight look accurate.
Needs to add strength.
over-the-top. Starts on the third base side with a quick arm. From the
windup he starts open and crouches down and twirls his glove over his
head. Stands up and ends with a wide base. Medium leg kick, brings arm
high in delivery and has an arm hook behind. Noticeable head whip. Short
arm action behind, does a good job getting over his front side and repeats
delivery well. Delivery is unique and deceptive. Works quickly.
Fastball: 88-91 mph. Tops out at 93 mph. Fastball
velocity will decrease as he works deeper into games. Will come out in the
low-90s, but pitches primarily in the high-80s. Four-seam fastball is on
the straight side, but has advanced control of the pitch for his age.
Misses bats by locating the pitch rather than blowing it by hitters. Will
manipulate the pitch at lower velocities to generate more movement. Throws
two-seam fastball 87-88 mph with late run and will show cutter-like pitch
at 86-88 mph. Pitch plays up due to deception from delivery and ability to
locate. Potential solid-average offering, with above-average command and
Curveball: 74-76 mph. Advanced
feel and confidence in pitch. Really snaps it off and shows tight 12-to-6
break at its best. Will throw in any count to hitters from both sides of
the plate. Can throw for strikes or bury down and out of the zone when
ahead in the count. Potential solid-average offering.
Changeup: 82-84 mph. Throws with deceptive arm speed, the same as
his fastball. At its best will show late fade. Has improved since he
joined the organization. Started as a work in progress pitch that lagged
behind his curveball, but took a big step forward with the pitch during
the 2016 season. Average potential offering.
84-86 mph. Short horizontal movement. Threw sparingly in 2016, but has
incorporated the pitch more in the 2017 season. Lacks depth and tilt.
Career Notes: Uncle was reportedly a star pitcher for
the Nicaraguan national team. Participated in 2015 Fall Instructional
Summation: Potential back-end starter, but
presently a high-risk prospect due to distance from the big leagues.
Strong pitchability and advanced feel for someone his age. Potential for
three average-to-better pitches. Feel and command allow stuff to play up.
Doesn’t have the type of physical projection you’d anticipate given his
frame, but will add strength. Lacks a high ceiling, but arsenal and
command profile give him a reasonably high floor.