Build: Athletic build; thicker lower half; strength throughout core and upper body; some durability concerns.
Mechanics: Lightning quick arm; longer arm action to ¾ arm slot; closed front side then explodes to the plate; hips and shoulders rotate in unison; arm comes through fast; starts and lands on 3B side; good rhythm; stays over front knee; athletic; slight pause at top of high leg kick; repeats delivery well; quick feet/move to 1B; more control over command; sequences well, feel for craft – will quick pitch; command will get to plus.
Potomac Nationals (High A, Nationals)
60; #3 SP/8th inn. RP
Average command; T100 1x; arm side run; heavy ball; will work all quadrants; true elite offering with command improvement.
Average command; T83 3x; 11/5 shape; hard bite; 2-plane break; plays well off of fastball; will play up due to fastball fear; will throw in any count for strike and chase pitch; will play solid average with command improvement.
Average command; T86 3x; tumbling action; plays well off of fastball; can throw down in the zone; can get flat and firm; flashed average – will play true due to fear of FB/CB combo and command improvement.
Reynaldo Lopez burst onto the scene last year when he saw a velocity jump and command improvement. He got onto everyone’s radar by hitting 100 and showing a solid average CB and flashing an average changeup. Lopez, for me, showed a consistent delivery and I believe his average present command will turn to true form and become plus at the highest level. He commands both sides of the plate and all four quadrants in any count with all three of his pitches. Lopez has a sturdy base and thicker build than a guy like Yordano Ventura. I think he will have an 80/55/50 arsenal with plus command making him a role 7; #2 SP at the highest level being his ceiling.