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José Leclerc

Born: 12/19/1993 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 195
Short frame; thicker build; likely larger than listed; still looks athletic; solid extension on drive; plane is average; whip-like arm from natural 3/4th arm slot; slight hitch in delivery causes timing issues for hitters; exerted delivery.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/25/2014
Affiliate Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A, Cubs)
Dates Seen 5/20/2014
OFP 55
MLB ETA 2015
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 91-95 95 Late, heavy life; explosive out of hand; slight hitch acts as if he shoots fastball out of a cannon; can flatten when touching 95 mph; struggled with command and control both innings; release points fluctuated, often too high.
CB 60 73-75 75 Tight spin; plus depth; 12-to-6 on best CB; 11-to-5 on 73 mph CB, lacked tight spin; tended to cast lesser velo CB; command concerns; drops grade a tick due to current inconsistencies.

Leclerc flashed a two-pitch arsenal with two plus offerings. He also threw what looked like a CH, which came in 87 mph and displayed fringe fade and looked very firm. Leclerc could move fast through the system once he tightens up his command, considering his pitches and frame are just about maxed. If he cannot tighten the command, he could still prove to be a useful middle reliever, although inconsistent.

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