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Blake Snell

Born: 12/04/1992 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 225
Arm Action: clean, free and easy, mild wrist wrap;, mild effort to accelerate, plus arm speed, high three-quarter release

Delivery: pronounced spine tilt; easy motion, mild effort; average leg kick, slight drop and drive

Body: long, broad frame, higher waist, solid lower half with some width at the hip; long levers, wide shoulders with slight slant

CONTROL: 50/50
Limiting walks a point of struggle; will use off-speed to generate chases, works the fastball in-zone

COMMAND: 55/60
Plus feel for pitches; works the fastball to both sides and up in the zone; breaking balls to glove-side with consistency to movement, feel for the changeup to his arm side; will miss up with off-speed at times
Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 06/16/2016
Affiliate Durham Bulls (AAA, Rays)
Dates Seen 6/10
OFP 70
MLB ETA 2016
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 70 93-96 97 Gets downhill plane, mild armside run; held velocity in later innings, works up in the zone, locates to both sides; misses mostly to glove-side, maintains velo from stretch
SL 60 81-84 85 Downward tilt with late, sharp bite; works heavy glove-side; effective swing-and-miss offering
CB 60 76-79 80 12-6 break; hard drop with slight bend; will use in zone, bury for chases
CH 55 83-86 87 Mild arm-side fade with depth; slight slowing of arm, inconsistent control, keeps misses below the zone

Former first-round pick is a front-of-the-rotation left-hander with four above-average or better pitches. His plus-plus fastball gets downhill with run and sat 94-96 late into this outing. The slider has downward tilt with tight, late break, while the curve is a second effective breaker with a 12-6 shape and plus depth. Breaking ball offerings are both plus, swing-and-miss options. The change shows fade, though some inconsistency to the control and arm speed. He commands better than he controls, with good feel for what he throws, though he has struggled to limit walks in his career. Durable build with a clean, easy delivery, and all the makings of a front-end starter.

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