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Thomas Pannone

Born: 04/28/1994 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 205
Physical: Small frame, skinny waist, average athlete, lacks projection.

Delivery: Deliberate motion, hitch, below-average extension. Balanced, can fall off to 3rd-base line. Mild effort, works quickly; 1.79-1.82 to home from stretch.

Arm action: Three-quarter arm slot, clean arm action, below-average arm speed.

Control: 60/60
Command: 55/55
Evaluator Greg Goldstein
Report Date 08/15/2017
Affiliate Akron RubberDucks (AA, Indians)
Dates Seen 7/29/17
OFP 45
MLB ETA 2018
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 50 88-91 92 Average arm-side run, plays more to weak contact vs. better hitters, unafraid to attack up in the zone. Strike-thrower, but hittable in the zone, unlikely to throw by hitters at higher levels. Kept velo/command throughout start, worked to both sides well, frequently spotted on the corners.
Changeup 50 81-82   Low usage, some fade, lacks tumble, fringy action. Consistent mechanics/arm speed, flashed feel, commanded low; workable third offering.
Curveball 55 74-76   1/7 shape, above-average bite, solid depth, bit of late break. Repeats mechanics/arm speed, gets hitters out in front, velo separation brings swing-and-miss potential. Above-average command, capable of throwing in zone even with longer break, pitched backwards with offering.

Pannone is a craft lefty who pitches to more than the sum of his parts. He’s more control/command than pure stuff, frequently attacking hitters in the zone and showing the ability to place all of his pitches around the zone. He does show some feel for the change, but Pannone is mostly a two-pitch hurler. His FB plays up because of how he works both sides and uses a bit of deception in his delivery, but it should play as an average pitch in the big leagues. Pannone can pitch backwards with his breaking ball and fool hitters in that way. He works quickly and controls the zone, which gives him a ceiling of an innings-eating No. 5 if he can more frequently throw the change. He’s likely a swingman/potential LH reliever whose stuff will play better in short stints rather than if he has to turn a lineup over with mostly average stuff.

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