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Adbert Alzolay

Born: 03/01/1995 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 208
Body: Well proportioned, strong lower half stabilizes delivery, physical for height. Plus athlete; smooth, low effort actions. Could have a little projection left in upper body.

Delivery: full windup, three-quarters slot, brief sidestep, chest-high leg left, tall at max lift w excellent balance, full leg extension, stays closed. Spine tilt adds to plus momentum but can pull follow-through to gloveside. Spine tilt allows him to hide ball from batter from behind head, and with super-fast arm, ball gets on hitter quickly. Some effort in delivery, but keeps head mostly still and will repeat for long stretches (esp May outing). Starter's delivery. Average move to first; may need to vary timing to hold runners.

Arm Action: Clean break, slight length to arm action w/ slight shoulder tilt; arm is loose, works easily and fluidly; plus-plus arm speed. Nothing to clearly suggest elbow strain.
Evaluator John Eshleman
Report Date 12/13/2017
Affiliate Mesa Solar Sox (, )
Dates Seen 5/27; 6/22; 10/31; 11/2 (2017)
OFP 55
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 93-96 97 Plus velo, hard run down in zone w/ some sink, flat up in zone w/out plane is hittable. Movement allows margin for error side-to-side, when good is bat-misser to both LH and RH. Inconsistent command (all up) in AFL looks but other 2017 looks moved in/out, pitched to corners, raised eye-level. Command inconsistency plays pitch down to 6, but athleticism bodes well.
SL 60 81-83   At best, 11-5 hard two-plane breaker; will get a little sweepier at 10-5, flat when up. Breaks hard, bat misser, haven't seen him lose feel for any length of time, gets chases, command still inconsistent in zone, problems up. Thrown in dirt as chase or anywhere in bottom of zone it is an outpitch.
CH 45 85-88   Pitch is firm and lacks movement, blends too easily w/ FB. Maintains arm speed but lacks feel (grip) to slow pitch down. Have seen some 40s w some fade but rare. Projection based on Alzolay's plus athleticism, compact delivery, and ability to maintain arm speed.

Alzolay has a starter's delivery in a reliever's body with a change-up that could push him to either role. Currently, the pitch is not playable to turn over MLB rotations, but he could right now get outs from a bullpen with his FB/SL combination, playing to higher end of velo band in short stints. The relative quietness of his delivery given his size, a result of plus athleticism and a strong lower half that stabilizes his delivery. I project change up and command improvement enough to keep Alzolay in an MLB rotation.

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