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Ariel Jurado

Born: 01/30/1996 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 240
Maxed frame with little projection despite modest RHP size; balanced takeaway, some hunch to shoulders, quick through leg kick with moderate momentum; closed front side, clean arm action, consistent timing, average arm speed to a true three-quarter slot with moderate plane; drive has mild drift, above-average stride, clean strike with mild effort; repeatable, low-maintenance delivery
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 04/17/2016
Affiliate High Desert Mavericks (High A, Rangers)
Dates Seen 4/14/16
OFP 55
MLB ETA 2017
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
4-seam FB 55 90-92 93 Some deception from closed delivery, fairly straight but with late life, will attack hands and inner-third with command, can generate in-zone whiffs, strong tandem with two-seam
2-seam FB 55 88-89 90 Heavy pitch with boring action and mild run; plus command, drives the pitch down to lower quadrants, very difficult to square, tunnels off four-seam plane with plus late movement, real worm-burner
CH 55 83-86   Strong compliment, tunnels with consistent arm speed, fade, and tumble; feel to turn it over, pitch finishes down in and below zone with command; moderate swing-and-miss, another ground ball pitch
SL 40 80-82   Limited usage, but some sweep, lacks late bite, command kept it off barrels, will front door to steal strikes
CB 40 72-75   Developmental pitch, leaned on it heavily in this outing; soft pitch with rolling shape, lacks bite, average depth; hides it well, later pickup, potential utility as a strike-stealer

Jurado took the ball on a miserable evening with 30-40 mph sustained winds blowing out in Lancaster and survived five innings to tell the tale. The two variants of his fastball have a fine rapport with his changeup; he commands all three pitches, tunneling them effectively and creating a difficult pick-up for hitters that results much more often than not in ground ball contact. The delivery is clean and repeatable, and outside of a couple hangers with his under-construction curveball he commanded down in the zone all night. He didn't show a ton of feel for spinning the ball in this look, though the elements may have played a role.

The raw stuff does not overwhelm, but the movement, command, and pitchability are all assets. A step forward with either of his breakers could take him to the middle of a rotation, but short of that he projects to add value as a versatile 11th man with runs at the back of big league rotations.

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