Connor Seabold Worcester Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 26
Born: January 24, 1996
Birthplace: Laguna Hills, CA
Height: 6-2
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 3rd round, 2017 by PHI;
19th round, 2014 by BAL
How Acquired: Acquired from Philadephia with Nick Pivetta for Brandon Workman, Heath Hembree, cash considerations, and a PTBNL or addiitonal cash
College: Cal St. - Fullerton
High School: Newport Harbor (CA)
ETA: Mid 2023

Photo courtesy of the PawSox
Pronunciation: SEE-bold
First Pro Contract: July 5, 2017 (PHI)
Signing Scout: Demerius Pittman
Signing Bonus: $525,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: July 8, 2020 (Williamsport)
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2020
MLB Debut: September 11, 2021 (BOS)
Service Time (1/23): 58 days
Options Remaining: 1 (2021, 2022)
Contract (2023): ~League Minimum
   
Twitter: @seabs26
Instagram: @seabs26

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Average, athletic frame. Minimal remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Does not use a wind-up. Medium-high leg kick. Controlled, repeatable delivery.

Fastball: 90-93 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Above-average command and control profile. Around the plate, throws quality strikes. Really knows how to control the zone and gets a surprising number of whiffs with the pitch. Velocity has improved in pro ball, but ticked down after return from injury in 2021. Prior to his injury in 2021, he would come out at 93-95 mph before settling in at 91-93. Since returning, his velocity has been down around 90-92 mph, topping out at 93 mph, though in short bursts he will show more velocity than that still. Potential average offering.

Changeup: 80-82 mph. Deceptive, throws with the same arm speed as his fastball and has good velocity separation. Pitch shows late, downward action. Has shown the ability to pull hte string and have the pitch fall off the table. Showed advanced feel for offering prior to 2021, but during 2021 season was more hesitant with the pitch, and lost feel in some outings entirely. In 2022 outings, feel has returned and has shown more consistency with the pitch. Potential plus offering.

Slider: 83-85 mph. Primarily throws with 10-to-4 shape, but will intentionally manipulate shape. At times will be more horizontal, at others more vertical like a curveball. Average movement, but advanced feel allows the pitch to play up. Has flashed bat-missing ability. Pitch has shown improvement in Triple-A. Potential average offering.
  Curveball: 76-79 mph. Long, 11-to-5 shape. Does not consistently snap it off. Primarily used as a change-of-pace pitch early in counts to steal a strike. Not a major part of his arsenal, thrown only a handful of times in a given outing, but can be effective when sequenced correctly. Potential below-average pitch.

Career Notes:
Missed nearly four months of the 2019 season with an oblique injury. Used that time to tinker with his changeup, which greatly improved. Impressed at the 2019 Arizona Fall League. Although he was not a non-roster invitee to Phillies spring training in 2020, was invited to Summer Camp when play resumed after being interrupted by COVID-19. Pitched at the 2020 Alternate Training Sites for both the Phillies and Red Sox. Opened 2021 at the Alternate Training Site. Missed the first two-and-a-half months of the 2021 season due to right elbow inflammation. Missed 24 days with a pectoral injury and another 20 with a right forearm extensor strain in 2022.

Summation:
Potential swingman. Ceiling of a fifth starter. Has a four-pitch mix, but only his changeup projects better than average. Strong pitchability and advanced command and control profile allow his arsenal to play up. At his best, can generate whiffs with three pitches, but does not show consistency with his arsenal from outing to outing. Not the highest ceiling, but command/control and feel/pitchability, combined with proximity to MLB, give him a fairly high floor. Stuff is unlikely to be good enough to start for a contending team. Profiles better in a long relief and depth starter role, but could start for a second division club.

Links
Video from Pawtucket (9.4.2020)
Scouting Scratch (5.5.2021)
Scouting Report Update: Seabold to make MLB debut (9.11.2021)
Scouting Scratch: Breaking Down the Arizona Fall League Contingent (10.27.2021)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2015 Cal State Fullerton BW NCAA   19 5 4 3.26 22 11 1 69.0 70 32 25 5 1 12 76 1.19 9.91 1.57
  2016 Cal State Fullerton BW NCAA   20 7 6 2.48 16 13 0 83.1 71 26 23 4 0 9 96 0.96 10.37 0.97
  2017 Cal State Fullerton BiW NCAA   21 11 5 2.96 18 18 0 127.2 124 44 42 6 0 23 122 1.15 8.60 1.62
  2017 Williamsport Crosscutters NYPL A- Phi 21 2 0 0.90 5 0 0 10.0 5 1 1 0 0 2 13 0.70 11.70 1.80
  2018 Clearwater Threshers FSL A+ Phi 22 4 4 3.77 12 12 0 71.2 57 31 30 6 2 14 68 0.99 8.54 1.76
  2018 Reading Fightin Phils East AA Phi 22 1 4 4.91 11 11 0 58.2 55 32 32 10 3 19 64 1.26 9.82 2.91
  2019 GCL Phillies 2 GCL Rk Phi 23 0 0 0.00 2 2 0 5.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0.20 18.00 0.00
  2019 GCL Phillies 1 GCL Rk Phi 23 0 1 11.57 1 1 0 2.1 6 3 3 0 3 0 2 2.57 7.71 0.00
  2019 Clearwater Threshers FSL A+ Phi 23 1 0 1.00 2 1 0 9.0 4 1 1 1 1 1 10 0.56 10.00 1.00
  2019 Reading Fightin Phils East AA Phi 23 3 1 2.25 7 7 0 40.0 35 12 10 2 0 10 36 1.13 8.10 2.25
  2019 Scottsdale Scorpions AFL FW Phi 23 1 0 1.06 4 4 0 17.0 7 3 2 1 3 3 22 0.59 11.65 1.59
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 24 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 25 0 0 3.18 2 2 0 5.2 3 2 2 0 1 3 12 1.06 19.10 4.80
  2021 Worcester Red Sox TAE AAA Bos 25 4 3 3.50 11 11 0 54.0 43 24 21 6 6 19 52 1.15 8.70 3.20
  2021 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 25 0 0 6.00 1 1 0 3.0 3 2 2 1 0 2 0 1.67 0.00 6.00
  2021 Scottsdale Scorpions AFL Fall Bos 25 1 3 4.87 6 6 0 20.1 17 13 11 4 1 12 23 1.43 10.18 5.31
2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 26 8 2 3.32 19 19 0 86.2 79 35 32 7 6 19 89 1.13 9.24 1.97
2022 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 26 0 4 11.29 5 5 0 18.1 35 24 23 5 3 8 19 2.35 9.33 3.93
2023 TBD --- --- Bos 27     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Florida State League Pitcher of the Week (June 11-17, 2018)   2021 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 16-22, 2021)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 13-19, 2022)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, 2022)
 
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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