Body: Medium sized right handed starter with physically mature frame.
Mechanics: Starts from a semi-windup and high 3/4 slot; Small stab in back side at max leg lift; Small pause at top; Average arm speed; Lands on slightly stiff front leg; Front hip block but gets through it.
Sits 89-92, touching 93 with slight arm side run especially when down in the zone; There is deception on the fastball with many awkward swings, weak contact and ten swings and misses that helps the pitch play closer to average instead of a grade below; Hitters struggle to pick up the offering, deception; He locates the pitch to both sides of the plate while most misses were to his glove side.
81-83; Short 11/5 shape; Average spin; Not afraid to bury pitch; Hitters struggle to recognize out of hand;
86-85; Straight change with drop; Inconsistent arm speed;
Show me pitch at present; Flipped into zone; Lacks rotation.
Signed by the Blue Jays in 2013 out of Mexico, the 21 year old Rios is a physically mature right handed starter with two average pitches. The fastball is deceptive at 89-93 and gets on hitters quickly. His slider shows average rotation with command of the pitch to both sides of the plate. Polished for his age and level and should move quickly from A ball. Will be reliever in future with velocity playing up.