Taller than listed height; closer to 6'1''l; Mexican build; some thickness around the middle; body could become high maintenance; throws from standard 3/4 slot; very easy delivery and release; deliberate stride; hips are very active; creates angle and stays over the ball; slow to plate with runners on (1.45-1.55); good PFP
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
Spring Training 2014
60; number three stater
Easy plus offering; has velocity whenever he wants it; worked mostly in the 92-94 range; could spike but lost ability to locate; showed advanced feel for movement manipulation; run/cut/sink; overall command is fringe-average at present but has ability to lock in and paint when it clicks; grade to jump to near plus-plus if command play to solid-average or better.
Multi-million dollar pitch; shows two distinct shapes; can show more vertical movement (curveball like) in the 79-81 range; sharper with more tilt in the 82-85 range; shows more command of slider than any other offering, including fastball; sharper slider wears fastball disguise and then offers deep slice; can throw for a strike or lengthen and drop out of the zone; major league quality pitch at present; could get even better with experience.
Flashed above-average potential; command was below-average; stayed consistent in the delivery and the action, but had a tendency to elevate the offering; pitch lacked movement above-the-belt; flat and hittable; when he worked down and on the corners, he achieved good fading action to the arm side and some sink; when its on, the deception and fade will play solid-average (or better); didn't go to the change with runners on first, even against RH.
Advanced pitchability; major league quality body; chance for three plus offerings; fastball/slider combo is nasty; changeup should get there; command needs work, perhaps a full-grade jump to really take off; more polish than projection, and I don't see a true frontline future; number two starter on first-division team with likely outcome falling just a little under that. Special arm given the age and present combination of stuff/feel for craft.