December 10, 1996
International free agent (July 2013)
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Tall left-hander with a solid frame. Thick at present, but frame could
support added weight as he physically matures. Minimal remaining
Mechanics: Works from the third base
side of the rubber. Uses three-quarters arm slot with high leg kick and
long arm action. Some front-side deception caused by a slight pause at the
top of his delivery. Comes across his body and has a lot of moving parts
in his delivery. Fringe-average arm speed.
88-90 mph, topping out at 91 mph. Loses velocity as he works deeper into
games, ending up more in the 86-88 mph range. Could add velocity as he
physically matures, as he lacks strength at present.
Curveball: 69-72 mph. Long, slow, 1-to-7 break. Sweepy pitch is
more of a breaker that rolls to the plate.
80-82 mph. Has some feel for offering and at its best, will show fade.
Will slow down arm and body at times, telegraphing pitch.
Slider: 82-83 mph. Loose with short, 10-to-4 break. Didnít throw
during look at Spring Training in 2016 or in Lowell at the start of the
regular season in 2016, so may have shelved pitch.
Notes: Trained at the same Venezuelan amateur program as Felix
Doubront. Participated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 Fall Instructional League.
Fringy arsenal with some projection remaining. Long way to go
developmentally and stuff will need to take a step forward as he
progresses through the system.