May 31, 1995
San Juan de la Maguana, DR
free agent (April 2013)
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Physical Description: Tall and lanky with a very skinny
waist. Long limbs with some room to fill out as he matures, though not as
much as you might think given his build. Live arm.
Mechanics: Throws from an over-the-top arm slot and has a shot
put-like arm motion, during which he seems to be almost guiding the ball,
especially when he works to the glove side. Works from the middle of the
rubber with his hands set at the belt. Delivery is on the stiff side and
very mechanical: his body tilts on leg lift, and then his arm comes across
his body. Lots of moving parts, head whip. Struggles to find a consistent
release point and repeat delivery.
mph. Have seen him hit 98 mph in 2016, and has reportedly hit 100 mph.
Pitch will show sink and arm-side run. Below-average command and control.
Potential plus-plus offering with refinement and improvement with command
Slider: 81-83 mph with short, tight,
vertical shape. Very inconsistent, flashing anywhere from below-average to
Changeup: 86-87 mph. On the firm
side. Fringe-average potential.
Missed the 2013 season due to a suspension after testing positive for
metabolites of Stanozolol. Participated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 Fall
Summation: Intriguing arm strength, but more of a lottery
ticket at this point. Bullpen profile, but needs to physically mature as
well as simplify and cleanup delivery. Has raw stuff to profile in a
late-inning role, but extremely risky prospect with injury and command
profile concerns due to delivery. Long way to go developmentally.