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Colby Blueberg

Born: 05/11/1993 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 185
Compact frame, narrow build, filled out; moves well off the mound, moderate athleticism; full stretch, quick leg kick, coils top half, short arm action; pulls hips, short stride to third base side, pole vault action over front side, hard drive away from target, firm strike, inverted; lunging motion, throws across body from three-quarter slot, unique arm angle and motion creates rare release point, extreme deception, very difficult pick-up; whip in follow-through, fluid recoil; 1.34-1.41 to home, varies timing
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/03/2016
Affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm (High A, Padres)
Dates Seen 4/7, 6/1/16
OFP 50
Realistic 45/effective R-R reliever
MLB ETA 2017
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 55 60 90-92 93 Shows four- and two-seam movement; hard sinking action with some bore down in the zone, drives the pitch to lower quadrants effectively, will run the four on the hands, average command potential to both sides; average velocity plays up with deception, perceived velocity plays to plus, late life, difficult pitch to time and square, weak pop up and topped ground ball contact
SL 45 50 82-83 84 Curveball grip, slurvy shape, moderate horizontal action, mild two-plane movement, lacks tilt, trackable trajectory; consistent arm speed, excellent deception, extremely difficult pick-up, solid-average command; works it into the zone, provokes chases, moderate swing-and-miss potential
CH 40 45 84-86 86 Straight change, mild fade with some tumble, shows some feel, will lose it above the zone; tunnels well, mild deceleration, confidence in the pitch, will throw it down in the count

A 24th round pick out of Nevada in 2014, Blueberg is an undersized right-hander with an extremely funky motion. He creates a unique angle of attack for an average three-pitch arsenal that plays up significantly on account of the deception he creates and solid north-south command. At-bats against him are uncomfortable affairs; batters struggle to time him, and there's enough raw stuff to take advantage of it. He responds well in tight situations and demonstrates high-leverage mentality.

Blueberg projects as a lethal right-on-right guy in a good bullpen, with the potential for a stretch or two in a primary setup role if the command sharpens a bit more.

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