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Tyler Herb

Born: 04/28/1992 (Age: 24)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 200
Athletic frame, looks more filled-out than listed 6'2", 175 suggests, rounded shoulders, weight well-distributed, moderate physical projection remaining; first-base side of rubber, oriented 45 degrees to third-base side at set, quick through step back, semi-wind, fluid, pigeoned leg kick, high hands at break, stays tall, closed front side generates some deception, moderate spine tilt; clean arm action, can be slow to accelerate, mild drag to high three-quarter slot; long stride, excellent extension, clean strike, mildly inverted, moderate cross-fire, clean finish; low-effort delivery, some pitchability, timing issues in arm swing and drive inconsistency limit repeatability; below-average from stretch, 1.36-1.44, quick feet on picks but can run on him; some maturity issues, poor adversity response
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/18/2016
Affiliate Bakersfield Blaze (High A, Mariners)
Dates Seen 6/17, 6/22/16
OFP 45
MLB ETA 2018
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 55 88-91 93 Above-average movement, sink with moderate arm-side run, commands better to arm side, will leak in that direction and catch too much white when he goes glove-side; perceived velo plays up with closed delivery and extension, extra gear when he wants it, moderate swing-and-miss
CB 50 77-80 82 11-6 baseline shape, adds and subtracts, advanced feel to manipulate speed and trajectory, plays with greater depth into the zone, back-doors it frequently to lefties, works as a chaser with some swing-and-miss potential, backs up and leaks arm-side
CH 45 83-85 85 Hard change with split action, late tumble, minimal fade; lacks velocity separation, limited swing-and-miss, heavy ground ball pitch, command lags, will leave it up

Taken in the 29th round of the 2014 draft as a senior-sign out of Coastal Carolina, Herb is old for the level but has sustained excellent performance after some previous struggles as a professional. He flashes two above-average pitches despite average velocity, with the two-seamer featuring solid sink and run. He also shows some feel for his curve with average potential utility. Feel and consistency with the change lags at present, but it projects as a suitable ground ball-inducing compliment. The delivery is low-effort, though it isn't the most fluid and combined with some length in crossing his body to his release point the fine command might never get there. If it does there's potential for a back-end rotation future as a groundballer who misses the occasional bat.

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