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Anderson Espinoza

Born: 03/09/1998 (Age: 18)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 190
Quick, loose arm, three-quarter slot; inconsistent finishing delivery at present, occasional effort, command can wander as a result; intense competitor, advanced mound presence, particularly in third outing; physicality to suggest consistency gains with experience and reps
Evaluator Grant Jones
Report Date 09/02/2016
Affiliate Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low A, Padres)
Dates Seen 3x Aug-Sept 2016
OFP 60
MLB ETA 2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 70 93-96 97 Hard arm-side run, showed plus-plus velo in third start, plus in first two; likes to work it arm side, consistent command when he does; advanced ability to manipulate velocity and movement, projection as plus-plus weapon with standard command gains
CH 55 81-83   Above-average fade and tumble, velocity separation can be extreme; can struggle to find feel early, tendency to spike it; swing-and-miss pitch against left-handers, potential to mitigate splits; inconsistent; flashes plus but inconsistency will hold him back
CB 60 72-74   Natural feel to spin it, quality shape, quality depth, flashes command into the zone and as a finishing pitch down low; swing-and-miss potential, plus projection with refinement

Espinoza produced fittingly inconsistent results for an 18-year-old in full-season ball across my three looks. His first outing showed flashes amid difficulty stringing together quality sequences, the second was a disaster in which he showed little comfort or feel, and the third was electric. His present fastball velocity, along with late movement, gives the pitch an explosive finish. He already flashes above-average command of it to the arm side, and the frame and athleticism lend optimism that the pitch will actualize. Both secondaries flashed plus, though both are expectedly raw at present and the change likely comes up short of that grade. This is a high-risk, high-reward prospect. He has impact starter potential, though his youth and frame make it a longer shot that he gets there. If greater consistency with his pitches never quite materializes, there's still enough raw stuff and feel to project mid-rotation value.

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