Physical Description: Undersized
left-hander with a developed lower half. Has added significant
weight since signing. Minimal remaining projection.
Mechanics: Throws from a low three-quarters arm
slot, setting up on the third base side of the rubber. Short,
compact delivery with effort that he struggles to repeat. Medium
leg kick. Steps towards the first base dugout and comes across
his body. Trunk twist and stab and hook behind. Quick arm action
Fastball: 90-92 mph.
Tops out at 94 mph. Pitch jumps on hitters and has shown
bat-missing ability. Well-below-average control and command.
Potential average offering due to concerns with long-term
command and control profile.
78-80 mph. 1-to-7 break. Feel and confidence in pitch. Does a
good job snapping it off with depth. Throws often, in any count,
and works it in and out of the zone. Potential above-average
Changeup: 83-84 mph. On the
firm side. Tends to telegraph by slowing his arm down. Potential
Career Notes: Pitched in the Venezuelan
Development Program in winter 2017. After struggling in the
rotation in 2017, has been much better in a relief role. Cut
walk rate in 2019 but allowed a corresponding jump in hits. Had
IL stints in 2019 of about two weeks for left biceps tendinitis
and about three weeks for left shoulder impingement syndrome.
Pitched for Venezuela in the 2021 Americas Olympic Qualifier.
Re-signed with Boston as a minor league free agent immediately
following the 2022 season and received an invitation to Major
League Spring Training in 2023.
Summation: Projects as organizational
bullpen depth. Ceiling of an up-and-down reliever. Has
improved year after year and shown bat-missing ability.
Secondary pitches and command and control need refinement. Will
show intriguing spin rates on fastball and slider. Comes from a
very tough angle for left-handed hitters and has excelled
against them so far in the high minors.
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