June 27, 1994
New Castle, IN
1st round, 2013
School: New Castle HS (IN)
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Scouting Scratch: Trey Ball (7.19.17)
Contract expired (Nov. 2019)
Description: Tall, lanky left-hander with great athleticism.
Minimal projection remaining. Has filled out since he entered the system
and looks listed 6-foot-5, 215 pounds.
Efficient, low-effort delivery. Loose arm with little wasted motion.
Throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a high leg kick. Short arm
action and average arm speed. Starts his delivery with his glove high and
in front of his face. Doesnít use a wind-up, stepping back and going into
his high leg lift before coming forward to the plate. Has some deception
in his delivery, keeping the ball hidden behind his body until late.
Fastball: 90-92 mph. Tops out at 94 mph. Pitch is
straight and lacks life. Below-average command and control. Struggles to
miss bats. Hasnít added the velocity that was expected given his
projectability since he signed. Average potential. Will also show a
two-seam fastball at 88-90 mph with some arm-side run.
Slider/Cutter: 83-87 mph. Has developed greatly since he began
throwing the pitch in games in July 2015. Now will rely on it in outings
more than his fastball at times. Shows confidence in the pitch and willing
to throw it in any count and to both right and left-handed hitters. Shows
bite and late horizontal movement. In the upper end of the velocity range,
the pitch looks more cutter-like, but on the lower end it has more depth
and tilt. Has shown the ability to locate the pitch when ahead in the
count and bury it down-and-in against right-handed hitters. Needs to
improve consistency with pitch from outing to outing and within games.
Pitch will flatten out when left up in the zone. Projects as an
Changeup: 80-84 mph.
Has shown advanced feel for the pitch in the past, but struggled at times
with the pitch in 2017. Throws from the same arm speed and slot as his
fastball. Late fade when kept down in the zone. Average potential.
Curveball: 72-75 mph. Didnít start throwing until his
junior year of high school. Below-average potential. Work in progress
right now. Inconsistent within outings. At its best, has tight rotation
with good shape, but was often on the loose side and rolled to the plate.
Doesnít consistently finish the pitch. Used primarily early in counts to
steal a strike. Rarely uses late in counts.
Committed to the University of Texas before signing. Two-way
player in high school in Indiana and was also a first-round talent in the
outfield. Really struggled in first 11 starts of 2014 (1-7, 7.27 ERA, 71
hits, 17 walks, and 29 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings), but significantly
improved over his final 11 (4-3, 2.70 ERA, 40 hits, 22 walks, and 39
strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings). Missed the start of the 2016 season with a
knee injury. DH'd into two games at the end of the 2018 season. Worked as
an outfielder in 2018 Fall Instructional League.Suffered an abdominal and
oblique injury in spring training 2019, followed by a sprained
ankle, causing him to miss the almost the entire 2019 season.
Summation: Projects as Triple-A depth
that could develop into a major league middle reliever. Stuff hasnít
developed as anticipated since he signed.
Lacks any above-average pitch. Has moved to the bullpen where he
can focus on his fastball/slider combination and not have to worry about
holding velocity deep into outings, and his lack of consistency and
command can be minimized.