physical frame; thick lower half; innings eating horse; long stride to the plate; keeps good momentum and balance throughout; short arm action to 3/4 slot; stays closed a long time then explodes to plate; hips and shoulders rotate on time and arm comes through clean and fast; gets extended very well on FB; repeated mechanics much better than last year; not much physical projection left or needed; very good athlete.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A, Cubs)
60; no. 3 starter
three way life; creates plane from tall frame; can cut it, sink it; throws FB with arm-side run at lower velo band; can improve with improved command and consistency.
tight spin; sharp bite with tilt; shows good shape and has hard bite; can throw for strike and chase pitch; comes from same arm motion as FB, plays well off of it; uses outside corner and inside corner effectively.
arm-side sink with vertical action; can cut it at higher velo band; best when in lower velo band; needs to throw more in zone to become effective swing and miss pitch out of the zone; presently working on throwing CH away to RHH coming back to the plate.
showed shape and some depth; more of a change of pace pitch than weapon; presently below average but work in progress; plays well off FB because of arm action and loose wrist; presently working on pounding bottom of the zone to LHH.
Chi Chi Gonzalez is an advanced college arm ready to move up through the system. The mechanics are much cleaner and the stuff is advanced. He is presently working on pitches but still has the swing and misses stuff to strikeout hitters in High-A. He holds velocity throughout his outing and can reach back for more when needed. He flashes two plus secondaries with a plus current FB that can be used as a weapon based on how he can manipulate it. The overall command profile needs refinement but the cleaner mechanics give me reason to believe it will play solid average to plus and as well as improving the CH.