Ultra-easy delivery; very low energy expending; high 3/4 arm slot; has improved keeping consistent with release; positioned on the first base side of the rubber; creates angle with body; works to finish with back for leverage; 1.27-1.47 out of stretch.
Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA, Red Sox)
50; No. 4 starter
Kept down in the zone more often than not; appeared cognizant and mindful of working in lower tier consistently; showed tail when thrown from middle of the plate to arm-side; pitch will run away from right-handed bats; tends to back up into plate when thrown on inner third to righties; will throw to both sides of the plate; average present command; gets loose with offering when men are on base; majority of heaters in outing executed in manner necessary to be successful with pitch; can be hit hard; will walk a finer line at highest level.
Outstanding arm-speed; possesses both deception and strong action; heavy arm-side fade; will occasionally bottom out to glove-side; uses at any point in the count; can throw for a strike and out of the zone; creates awkward swings; gets away with poor location at level; some tightening needed to avoid dangerous spots, but pitch will miss good bats in the bigs; weapon to aide in limiting contact and getting out of jams.
Tail of two offerings in outing - early innings version crisp and sharp, but middle innings version got very loose; shows best shape in upper velocity band; deep bend and teeth in mid-70s; loopy and soft in low-70s; capable of throwing for a strike; works to change shape depending on the situation; pitch will outkick future grade with more power created, but unsure pitcher can consistently do so.
Tall and lanky left-hander, with mechanics and arsenal to project as a long-term starter; very much a rhythm worker; stuff across the board tends to dip as delivery moves past optimal pace (slow start to finish); fastball is at best when utilizing size to advantage; will always need to resist urge to challenge with offering; good poise for age; secondary stuff as a whole will compete against better-than-average big league hitters; some concerns that elite competition will feast on fastball; won't be a lead piece of a rotation, but will give team innings and consistency in what to expect down in the rotation.