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Casey Sadler

Born: 07/13/1990 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 205
Sloped shoulders with a tall, lanky frame; athletic base with good lower-body development; compact tall-and-fall delivery; 3/4 release point; short arm action with a pronounced wrist curl at the top; lands on a stiff front leg and does not get great extension out front; firms up glove in front of letters, cutting off the path for his arm to decelerate; displays some recoil as a result; will occasionally lapse into short-arming the ball.
Evaluator Ethan Purser
Report Date 05/20/2014
Affiliate Indianapolis Indians (AAA, Pirates)
Dates Seen 5/19/2014
OFP 50
MLB ETA 2014
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Sinker 50 87-91 92 Above-average command; hits spots and can locate in all quadrants; will elevate with efficacy to induce whiffs; plenty of arm-side sink and run; barrel-missing pitch; will induce plenty of grounders at the highest level.

Slider 55 81-83 84 Above-average command; short 1-to-7 break with lateral tilt; can drop it in for strikes early in counts and can garner swings-and-misses in/out of the zone vs. both righties and lefties; impressive pitch with the ability to miss enough bats to keep hitters honest at the highest level; above-average offering at the major-league level.
Changeup 45 83-85 86 Displays some arm-side sink and run, but can be straight/flat on occasion; elicited a handful of swings and misses from lefties; did not display huge velocity differential, but the potential is there to miss barrels at the highest level; still developing feel and command of the pitch, but could play as fringe-average to slightly above at the end of the day.

Sadler is what he is, a probable sinker-slider reliever who can miss barrels, get grounders, and keep lefties honest with his changeup. He is major-league ready, having already appeared in a couple of games for Pittsburgh in May, and should contribute down the stretch in some capacity. The ceiling is a no. 5 starter, but Sadler will likely settle in as a groundball-heavy reliever who can pitch multiple innings if needed.

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