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Tony Gonsolin

Born: 05/14/1994 (Age: 24)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 180
Mechanics
Thinner build, narrow shoulders, minimal physical projection remaining; stretch only, some phone booth, has worked to mitigate huge spine tilt, get more consistently on line; drop-and-drive with deep arm action, high-three-quarters slot (borderline straight over-the-top), lots of length to release, really gets deep on back leg, hard drive, hips open late, inconsistent weight transfer and timing compromises command, head whack, some violence and oomph to the delivery.
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/04/2018
Affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
Dates Seen 6x 2017-2018
OFP 45
Realistic 40: Valuable multi-inning reliever
MLB ETA 2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 55 60 93-95 96 Four-seam, works north-south, fly-ball pitch, fairly straight but holds plane, can beat barrels up, quality angle to attack bottom of the zone, struggles to drive it down; has touched 99-100 in relief, below-average command projection, fringe-average control.
SL 40 50 88-91 91 Hard and tight, tries to use as chaser ahead, doesn't finish consistently, will wander north in the zone, not a ton of consistent movement, flashes solid-average bite, vertical action currently, could see him toggling it into more of a cutter shape at velo, chance for average utility as another weapon against left-handed hitters.
CB 45 55 77-79 80 Hard spiker with vertical action, strike-to-ball feel, best swing-miss potential of secondaries, keeps it in reserve for situations ahead; lacks for present polish, but ingredients of a solid bender.
CH 40 45 85-86 86 Split action plays well off four-seam from high slot; mild fade, hard tumble will show early, lacks feel, arm speed'll drag, has struggled to yank it down and finish below the zone consistently; long arm action to high slot suggests a likely persistent issue; good ones flash above-average, not confident it plays there on the regular.
Overall

Former ninth-rounder is an effectively wild fireballer, with effort in the delivery coming up over the top with a long arm action that leaves the fine command below-average with limited projection. He boasts a deep arsenal of improving secondaries, to where maintaining his current rotation track makes sense developmentally. He'll need a couple to take decent-sized steps forward to continue down that path, however, and a multi-inning middleman looks like a more viable path. It's a good, loose arm with quality baseline stuff, and he should see his share of opportunities to lay claim to that role.

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