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Ben Wetzler

Born: 09/12/1991 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 210
Standard three-quarters arm slot; arm comes lower at times; works from the first base side of the rubber; repeats mechanics well; hides the ball well behind a high leg kick; shortened leg kick out of the stretch; slow arm; compact arm action; gets behind the baseball; lacks explosion; stays tall and balanced until back leg comes through on finish; glove leads; stays closed; throwing hand can float out at front.
Evaluator Ron Shah
Report Date 06/02/2014
Affiliate (Rookie, )
Dates Seen 05/24/14
OFP 40
MLB ETA 2017
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 45 86 88 Four-seam fastball; features sink; natural lefty run; spots it well to either side of the plate; lack of velocity; good deception; hitters struggle to pick it up; aforementioned factors allow for a bump in grade.
Slider 45 80 81 Slider; inconsistent offering; some are flat and left over the plate; decent command; early break; lacks two-plane break or bite; creates some tilt;
Changeup 45 81 81 Changeup; some late sink; deceptive offering; small velocity cap compared to the fastball; spots it east-west; keeps it down; deterred by lack of fastball velocity.

The player is a quick-working finesse southpaw with a great track record of performance as a college pitcher in a major conference. His strengths are his ability to keep hitters off balance to due his pitchability of a three-pitch arsenal and consistently throw strikes.

However, this player is a fringe major league pitcher. The arsenal will not play in the bullpen and won't be able to turn over a lineup multiple times in the long run to profile in the starting rotation. The fastball plays up due to his control and command, but the changeup plays down as a result. His other offering in the slider lacks bite or explosion when it crosses the plate. I fail to see any projection or true weapon in the arsenal that will allow this player to carve out a niche in the major leagues.

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