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Albert Abreu

Born: 09/26/1995 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 175
Mechanics
Body: Filled out w/ little projection remaining. Some thickness to backside, strong lower half that he engages in delivery drive. Athletic, has good control of his body.

Delivery: semi-windup, three-quarters slot, waist-high leg left, lands closed w/ minimal effort; stays balanced, but inconsistently collapses backside after leg-lift; can lose release point and bring through arm late causing glove-side command issues. Head still. Average delivery speed to plate and nothing to suggest problems holding runners.

Arm Action: Explosive arm, clean break, keeps arm high through throwing motion (doesn't lower ball below waist in arm circle), average arm action length. Arm is a bit stiff through backswing. 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 2019
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 55 55 93-95   Plus velo that he holds late into starts. FB has average run down in zone but plays on straighter side when thigh-high or above. Command can falter for extended periods, including misses up and out over the plate (and side-to-side). Command of FB pushes grade down from 60.
CB 50 55 77-83   11-5 shape; has feel and conviction, pitch quality can vary substantially from below-average pitches that back up or cement mix, to hammer 60s w/ late sharp depth that miss bats. Until consistency improves, the pitch projects to above-average w/ chance to be above-average or plus if he consistently stays on top of the pitch and repeats release point.
CH 50 55 82-83   Pitch tumbles effectively; maintains arm speed and throws with confidence. At its best it can miss bats and is good enough for effective third pitch.
Overall

Abreu's future comes down to command improvement, as his three pitches could all be above-average or better based on stuff alone. Despite a low-effort delivery, Abreu still struggles to repeat his release point, and there is inconsistency in his use of the lower half, collapsing his backside and sailing FBs above the zone. Abreu's upside is quite enticing; depending on the outing you could see any of the FB, CB, or CH miss bats. The concern is that his command doesn't take more steps forward, leaving him with a potential bullpen role where he should be able to run it up to the high 90s. Current projection has him staying in the rotation with enough command improvement (due to athleticism and lack of effort).

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