Build: Maxed frame; thicker frame; girth on mid-section; heavier than listed weight.
Mechanics: 3/4 arm slot; mild crossfire; average arm speed; mild drive; mostly upright; short stride to a clean landing; lacks plane; quick to home; delivery times 1.28 - 1.35.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A, Royals)
20; Minor League Filler
Fringe command; mild armside run; lacks plane; did not miss barrels; will elevate offering when he overthrows; lacks the movement or command use against stronger competition.
Fringe command; inconsistent arm speed replication; light spin that hangs through zone; hittable offering lacking deception; stronger competition will lay off or heavily barrel.
Poor command; lacks feel; lack arm speed replication; firm offering that will lack deception against stronger competition.
Originally signed in 2011 by the Pirates, Rico was traded to the Royals in 2012 for Vin Mazzaro and Clint Robinson. Rico is a minor league arm that lacks the arsenal to consistently challenge hitters at higher levels. He will be able to eat innings for a club in the lower minors.