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Thomas Eshelman

Born: 06/20/1994 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 225
Arm Action: Short, abbreviated arm action, above-average arm speed, extended at release

Delivery: Moderate body tilt, average leg kick, slight coil, high three-quarter release, low effort

Body: Lean, lanky build; long, broad torso, sloped shoulders, long levers, sturdy lower half
Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 08/21/2016
Affiliate Reading Fightin Phils (AA, Phillies)
Dates Seen 7/26/16
OFP 45
MLB ETA 2017
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 90-91 92 Will show cut and run, though manipulations are slight, mild downhill plane; control over command, uses to all parts of zone, misses are usually to arm-ide; maintains velocity from stretch, tendency to flatten out in stretch
CH 50 82 83 Maintains arm speed, quality velocity separation, slight fade with drop; tendency to throw to glove-side
CB 45 76 77 12-6 shape; short vertical break, keeps it low in the zone

SL 40 84   Slight tilt, mild sweeping action; tendency to work out of zone glove-side and low
CONTROL 70     Walk avoidance is exceptional, can struggle with tighter horizontal zones

COMMAND: 45/50
Deploys fastball to all parts of zone, tendency to work glove-side with off-speed offerings, displays feel for offerings, limited by raw stuff

Drafted in the second round in 2015 and acquired from Houston in the Ken Giles trade, Eshelman is an advanced control right-hander with four fringe-to-average pitches. The fastball sits average, lacking plane but staying off barrels with subtle cut and run. The change is his best secondary offering, flashing average with slight fade and drop, while the benders both project as below-average offerings. He has feel for both pitches, though neither displays a ton of sharpness or ceiling. The standout tool is control, which borders on elite; he shows a preternatural ability to throw strikes, and his short arm action and high release point add deception. He may surface as a fifth-starter option, though he's likely best suited in a long-relief role.

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