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James Buckelew

Born: 08/04/1991 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 155
Build: Wiry frame; small shoulders and hips; lacks the frame for any projection moving forward.

Mechanics: Below average arm speed; 3/4 arm slot; clean delivery with a drop and drive; long extension but ball is easily visible out of hand; smooth landing.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 04/12/2015
Affiliate Greensboro Grasshoppers (Low A, Marlins)
Dates Seen 4/10/15
OFP 20
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 40 88-91 91 Average command; straight offering; lacks plane; shows ability to hit lower quadrants on a consistent basis but lacks the movement to consistently miss bats.
CH 30 80-82 82 Fringe command; slows down arm; light fade; firm offering with little velo differential; lack enough movement or deception to handle better competition.
CB 30 77-79 79 Below-average command; 2-7 rotation; lacks tight spin; lacks depth; easy to recognize out of hand; inconsistent release points; chance to slightly improve by tightening spin; will not be effective against better competition.

Buckelew is a minor league arm that can be used to eat innings out of a bullpen throughout the season. All three pitches are below average and lack projection, limiting his overall value.

Round Drafted: UDFA, 2014
Why: Signed as minor league filler that can command his FB and eat innings.

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