Build: Big guy with an athletic build; durable body; probably maxed out in terms of build/strength
¾ delivery; Choppy windup with lots of moving parts; repeats well despite moving parts; stab on the windup; finishes well; moderate effort in his delivery.
Frederick Keys (High A, Orioles)
4/23/17 (5.0 IP)
50; Number four starter/set-up man
90-92 early in the start, tempered back to 88-90 later on; heavy, boring, arm-side movement, generates worm-burners and weak contact as well as whiffs; wasn’t as heavy as he got later into his start.
Can throw for strikes; Tumbles down in the zone at times, which can be a solid compliment for his sinker
Inconsistent shape, but seemed to fool hitters out of the hand, most strikes came looking as he was able to control the movement to glove-side corner; major-league caliber pitch; flashed late movement that can play as a strikeout pitch
Didn’t throw has much as the curve, but it did flash some sharp, late movement that can act as a putaway pitch.
Sinker was mostly down in the zone, he did have some hard contact when the pitch was left up; was able to hit his spots with the CB and can throw it for strikes even with pretty sharp late movement; has a feel for his curve and changeup; showed an ability to throw all four pitches for strikes, but was not as crisp during the last few innings of his outings. Control was plus early on, but faded back in terms of grade because of the inconsistencies during the last few innings of his start.
There is a lot to like about Sedlock. He brings a legit four-pitch mix to the table that features a plus sinker. He controls his curveball/slider combo enough with the decently sharp movement for those pitches to be slightly plus as well. Throw in a possibly average changeup and he has all the makings to be a middle of the rotation type starter. However, the primary concern is that his mechanics are not crisp and fluid. This, with the effort in his delivery, caused his primary stuff to fall off during this fourth and fifth innings of work. That’s not encouraging for a pitcher that is trying to start. The upside is there to be a number three type starter, but there is risk considering his mechanics and some concern with how well his plus pitching arsenal will hold up late in games. He’s certainly not a slam dunk to remain a starting pitcher and could turn into an above-average reliever if that is the case.