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Matt Esparza

Born: 08/22/1994 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 195
Athletic, physically mature frame; semi-wind, average arm speed, three-quarter arm slot; clean, balanced delivery, mild effort
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 08/28/2016
Affiliate Lynchburg Hillcats (High A, Indians)
Dates Seen 6/30/16
OFP 45
MLB ETA 2018
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 91-92 93 Heavy with arm side run, sneaky life; works both lower quadrants with plus command
SL 50 83-86 86 Late, strike-to-ball sweep with some bite, lacks consistent shape; limited present feel but potential for some swing-and-miss, average projection
CB 40 81-82 82 Clear third pitch, used sparingly; 11-5 movement, inconsistent rotation, lacks depth

Drafted in the 14th round in 2015 after spending three years at three different schools, Esparza is quietly advancing in the Indians organization. His strength is plus command and control of a fastball that is heavy and runs in on right-handed hitters. He lacks feel and consistency with both spinners, though the slider flashes moderate swing-and-miss potential. If he can polish the slider into an average pitch there is potential here for a valuable middle-relief arm.

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