Velocity fluctuated down to upper-80's later in outing, still touched 92, maintained velo from stretch; control ahead of command presently, flashes run and sink, trajectory lacks plane, can get flat, straight; gains to be made with future reps, upper body strength development
Low spin with fade and drop; big separation from FB, though will telegraph with slowed arm speed; room to add deception, improve command low in zone
11-5 shape, flashes big arc with depth; inconsistent present shape, command; exhibits feel to project future gains
Has been effective limiting walks; lacks consistency throwing strikes with all offerings, but works around the zone
Fastball used heavily to arm side with misses high to arm side and low to glove side; changeup lacks consistency, will stay up in zone, misses low; curveball shape inconsistent, tendency to stay high in zone
Projection starter with present plus fastball and the potential for average or better off-speed offerings. Signed out of Venezuela in 2013. Fastball works 91-93, touching 94 with sink and run, with better control than command. The curveball flashes future average traits with big arc and depth, though the present shape and command lack consistency. His changeup is more advanced and boasts a higher ceiling, flashing above-average with fade and drop, though the present arm speed is inconsistent. The change is the most likely offering to miss bats, though his pitch mix does not currently induce much swing-and-miss. The control is presently ahead of the command, and is likely to remain so. Long range projection with significant volatility; there is room to improve his upper-body strength, and the consistency and feel should take steps forward through repetition. He has the pitch mix, fluid delivery, and ability to throw strikes to project to a quality back-end rotation starter, though the road to get there will be long.