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Jordan Brink

Born: 03/18/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 200
Over-the-top arm slot; throws down into the zone; works from the middle of the rubber; rushes windup; high leg kick; does well staying closed early, but upper body will leak open; off-balance finish; falls off towards first base; head tilt towards first base; loose arm with plus arm speed; fluid athlete; small stature; minimum room to add useful weight due to small frame; competitor on the mound.
Evaluator Ron Shah
Report Date 06/02/2014
Affiliate (Rookie, )
Dates Seen 03/28/14
OFP 45
MLB ETA 2017
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastabll 60 90 93 Four-seam fastball; some late arm side run; appears faster due to arm acceleration; struggled to throw strikes; could add a tick or two of velocity; betting on the loose arm; velocity will play up in short bursts; however, questionable command profile at any velocity band.
Slider 50 84 86 Slider; mid-80s offering; possesses tilt; keeps it down in the zone; below-average to fringe-average in this outing; snapped a few plus sliders late in the outing; very inconsistent; couldn't throw it for strikes; fights his arm slot when going to this offering; presently only works as a chase pitch.
Changeup 40 81 83 Changeup; low-80s offering; some feel; good arm speed creates deception; chase pitch only; drives it down into the zone; lacks action; too many didn't reach the plate; struggles to turn it over.

The player is a small right-handed pitcher without an arsenal that is strong enough in quality to overcome his physical limitations and below-average command profile. In this outing, he struggled to throw strikes, walking eight batters in total. The arm works well and is quick, but is more arm acceleration than arm strength.

To get to his best offering, a mid-80s breaking ball, he needs to fight his over-the-top arm slot in order to get around the ball and create the tilt he wants on the offering. Combine that with his inability to throw the fastball for strikes, this is a reliever profile.

But even as a reliever, there is risk. I am betting on the fastball velocity going up in short bursts where he can let loose and have his arm speed takeover rather than his lack of arm strength for starting. Also, that means I'm dreaming on his ability to be able to throw a mid-90s fastball for strikes. However, his fluid athleticism and inexperience on the mound allow for some projection in the control department given the time.

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