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Taylor Hearn

Born: 08/30/1994 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 210
Mechanics
Body: Projection left in 6'5" frame, particularly lower body, which he currently does not engage well in delivery. Strong and athletic. Oblique injury cost him most of 2017.

Delivery: semi-windup, three-quarters slot, waist-high leg left, lands closed w/ minimal effort; balanced, remains tall through delivery; can lose timing and bring through arm late causing FB to sail. Head still, repeatable w reps, plus athlete. Slow to plate but should hold runners reasonably w lefty delivery.

Arm Action: Plus arm speed, free and easy arm with clean arm action. Nothing to suggest future injury.
Evaluator John Eshleman
Report Date 12/13/2017
Affiliate Glendale Desert Dogs (, )
Dates Seen 11/6/2017
OFP 60
Realistic 55; No. 3/4 starter, Leverage reliever
MLB ETA
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 55 60 90-94 95 Plus velo from LHP, more in tank out of pen, w/ projection and more leg engagement could add several ticks. In this velo band, delivery exceptionally quiet. Two-plane life w/ more run than sink. Height creates plane. Was up and struggled w/ glove-side command when lost timing. Moves it in/out well w some ability to change eye-level. Gets on hitters bc of fast arm, will generate swing-and-miss in combo with other pitches.
CB 50 55 80-84   1-7 shape; has feel and conviction, will throw in any count, trusts it. Late-breaking and currently go-to secondary. Thrown down as chase pitch most often, backdoored a few.
CH 40 50 84-87   Developing still, needs consistency but has good late fade. Did not show confidence in this offering compared to FB and CB, location fluctuated, but when located to outer third, generated swing-and-mass. Will take patience but future above-average pitch
Overall

Hearn could move fast out of the pen, but everything is there for the rotation and there is no reason to move him now. The rotation role comes with significant command and change up projection and development. Optimism stems from Hearn's incredibly loose, easy, quick arm and plus athleticism. Continued reps and physical maturity (particularly firming up and engaging lower half) will aid repeatability and consistency-- physical tools and feel to pitch are there. Effort is not a concern; Hearn stays online through release. Without CH dev, Hearn will get outs from both sides out of the pen with FB/CB combo. If market suggests Hearn is RP, there is value to acquisition as potential rotation piece.

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