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Luis PatiƱo

Born: 10/26/1999 (Age: 18)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 192
A bit on the shorter side; incredibly athletic and well built; plenty of strength in lower half; can expect him to add a bit more bulk as he ages; FWU; brings hands high pre-pitch a la Clayton Kershaw; big leg kick; deceptive - hides ball well and mixes up leg kick/tempo; high-three-quarters arm slot; very quick arm; falls off to first base.
Evaluator Keith Rader
Report Date 08/05/2018
Affiliate Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low A, Padres)
Dates Seen 7/25/2018
OFP 60
MLB ETA 2021
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 70 94-96 98 Potential for even more velocity as body matures; command is a bit spotty; does a good job keeping the pitch down and on the edges, and when he misses it's generally underneath the zone; will elevate when ahead in count; touched 98 early, but maintained 94-96 throughout the rest of the start; makes hitters sitting off-speed look foolish; good life on pitch - especially on the hands of RHH
Curve 60 78-80 82 Pitch has depth; 11-5 break; already a solid pitch; will miss plenty of bats; does a good job repeating the pitch and keeping it down in the zone; consistent release point
Change 60 86-88 88 Can be a bit firm with it at present, but still made hitters look silly; was not hit well at all; vertical drop; if it can be thrown a bit more consistently it has plus potential; will generate a lot of swing-and-miss; mixed in a couple to start at-bats
Slider 50 87-89 90 Hard and tight, not a ton of life; like the rest of the arsenal - it moves enough to dodge bats; should only be used against RHH and off the plate; nice change of pace pitch; along with the curve, the slider should get a boost as his command improves

Pitches with poise and confidence. Very advanced feel for his age, and should move relatively quickly through the system. Has some funk in his delivery, but is plenty athletic to make it work. Has yet to work deep into a game at the full-season level, but maintained his velocity well in this look. He is very quick to the plate with runners on (1.25-1.35). The change is my favorite secondary and is borderline plus-plus. The entire arsenal is solid and really impressive for an 18-year-old in his first year at the full-season level. You don't have to squint to envision four solid-to-plus pitches. It wouldn't be shocking to see Patino in the majors to kick off the 2020 season (similar to how the Marlins handled Jose Fernandez), but his promotion will likely coincide with the Padres window of contention.

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