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Nick Lodolo

Born: 02/05/1998 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 6" Weight: 205
Delivery features a medium leg kick and length to a three-quarter slot that results in issues repeating his release point. It's not high effort, but it doesn't look as smooth as it could. It's a slow progression from the full windup, but his tempo improves when he works out of the stretch. Part of the full windup issues can be chalked up to his size; it takes time getting everything synced and moving in the right direction, and he'll lose his progressions from time to time.
Evaluator Samuel Hale
Report Date 06/02/2019
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Dates Seen 3/22/2019
OFP 60
MLB ETA 2022
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 92-95 96 Four seamer with minimal cut. Command was above-average. Velo maintained through late game also, staying consistent through 100+ pitches
CH 50 87-89 89 A lot of 88s on the gun, with sink that kept hitters off balance. Generated swinging strikeouts and weak contact, though was more effective against RHB.
CB 60 80-82 83 Good 12-5 movement, good velo separation with fastball. Command improved as game progressed. When it missed, it missed arm side against both RH and LHBs. Wasn't afraid to use it early or late in counts.

Lodolo is a lanky left-handed pitcher with a three-pitch mix and decent athleticism. He used the fastball as his primary weapon, with minimal breaking ball usage early. As the game wore on, he found feel and began working in the curveball more to start off hitters and set up later-count fastballs to finish them off. His windup isn't unusual, but his long arm swing to slot leads to some drag and errant pitches arm side. Overall his fastball is his best pitch, but the curveball showed signs of taking that crown with more time, and it's a deep enough arsenal to top out in the middle of a big-league rotation. Lodolo has a high floor as a big-league arm, but the ceiling is harder to peg on account of baseball's shifting landscape. While he'll begin his career as a starter, the stuff may ultimately play best in a multi-inning relief role, a la playoff Andrew Miller.

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