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Trent Thornton

Born: 09/30/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 195
Looks taller than he is, length to frame, high waist, strength in thighs, durable build, athletic, moderate remaining physical projection; deep rock, fluid takeaway, extreme hand movement, bobs glove down to hip, up to hand break above back shoulder, tall-and-fall, some rigidity into drive; long arm action, deep stab with a wrap, inverted W, length to higher three-quarter slot, stays closed, uphill motion; will run into cadence and timing issues, gets late to slot, clean at foot strike and through deceleration, mild, fluid recoil; below-average times from stretch, 1.38-1.45, quick feet on picks
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 07/14/2015
Affiliate Lancaster JetHawks (High A, Astros)
Dates Seen 7/7/16
OFP 55
MLB ETA 2018
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 92-94 95 Some run, flat pitch, plays straight and hittable up in the zone, will show two-way action, can cut it up to 93, late pick-up helps it play up, generates some in-zone swing-and-miss; loose command, will miss up and over, arm action limits command projection
CT 55 88-91 93 Hard cut, above-average movement with late life, will attack inner-third against lefties, stays off barrels
CB 50 74-79 80 Plays with the shape, inconsistent spin, mild deceleration, above-average depth with some bite at higher velo; lacks consistency, some hangers; strong wrists, ingredients for a quality hook are there
SL 45 79-82 84 Some sweep, slurvy hybrid runs into curve at lower end, short break, quality location, commands it down, not a bat-misser but some utility, plays with cutter
CH 40 81-85 86 Mild fade, firm, lacks tumble, limited feel, will throw right-right, struggles to get it down in the zone; consistent arm speed, projection for limited utility

2015 fifth-rounder out of North Carolina, signed to a marginally below-slot deal. Thornton is an athletic right-hander, and the modest size plays up with long levers and a high three-quarter slot that adds some deception and plane. It's a deep arsenal headlined by two quality fastball variants, and there is utility in a full array of secondaries. Some timing and cadence issues in the delivery coupled with a long arm action leave the command behind the control and create a propensity to leave balls up in the zone. Still, there's solid feel for the craft here and an advanced pitchability that keeps him ahead of hitters working through a lineup multiple times. Upside is a low No. 3 starter with moderate strikeout potential if the command progresses, and his athleticism leaves that door open. There's still enough here to add back-end or middle-relief value if the command remains along present fringe-average track.

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