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Nigel Nootbaar

Born: 03/24/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 180
Accurate size listing; slender frame; might be mild room to fill out more; high 3/4th arm slot; excellent arm speed; terrific extension from long arms; good plane; slight drive that could be more prominent in future; will drag arm across at times; creates some command issues; will fall off and open up sometimes; exerted delivery using mostly energy from upper half; 1.44-1.53 delivery times.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 07/09/2014
Affiliate Aberdeen IronBirds (Short Season, Orioles)
Dates Seen 6/28/2014; 7/9/2014
OFP 50
MLB ETA 2016
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 90-94 95 Good plane and excellent arm speed allows FB to explode out of hand; deceptive and creeps up on hitter; minimal horizontal movement; slight armside run at lower velo band; command is fringe-average currently; slight refinement could boost to plus offering; dragging of arm and opening up are main result of command issues; needs to find balance in between and this will solve the FB command issues.
CB 60 82-85 86 SL type pitch with the velocity; shows tilt but has some depth that makes it look more like a CB; hard secondary offering with wipeout potential; 10-6 to 11-5 angle that moves quickly; will keep up in zone at times which could become hittable at higher levels; slight refinement in command should make this a more consistent offering; shows ability to replicate arm speed and release points relative to FB; better at 83-84 velo band
CH     84 Threw one in two appearances; not enough of a sample size to grade.

Nootbaar is an advanced college arm that should move quickly through the system. He flashes a plus FB and CB that both could use a slight refinement in command before he reaches his ceiling. There is minimal projection left here, but a slight tick of growth into his frame could bring a mild increase in velocity.

Nootbaar does a solid job of keeping his FB low in the zone and picking off hitters with the hard CB offering. He should roll through the lower minors and face his first real challenges at the A+/AA levels. The one concern is the straight FB, which does get a slight improvement due to the deceptiveness and explosion of the offering. If he can refine the command, this is a RP that could help a big-league club in the next year or two.

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