Josh Pennington Pitcher


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Born: July 6, 1995
Cape May, NJ
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 29th round, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Lower Cape May Regional HS (NJ)

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Traded to Milwaukee with Mauricio Dubon, Travis Shaw, and a PTBNL/cash for Tyler Thornburg (December 2016)

Physical Description: Average size with an athletic frame. Minimal projection remaining, but should add strength as he matures. 

Mechanics: Over-the-top arm slot. Effort in delivery. Starts on the first base side of the rubber and throws with a short arm action and a quick arm. Stays in line to the plate.

Fastball: 94-98 mph. On the straight side when up in the zone. Pitch lacks plane due to his height. Will show life and finish down in the zone. Generally around the strike zone, but command needs improvement. Potential plus-plus offering.

Curveball: 76-78 mph. 12-to-6 shape. Tight rotation and sharp break. Has solid feel for offering and can throw it both in the zone for called strikes and outside the zone when ahead in the count. Average-to-better potential.  

Changeup: 85-90 mph. Firm. Work in progress. Doesn't have great feel. Will show late sink on occassion, but for the most part inconsistent. Below-average potential.

Career Notes: Tore his UCL in April 2014 during senior season of high school and had Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2014. Originally committed to St. John's. Participated in 2015 and 2016 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Potential late-inning arm if things break right, but has a long way to go and a lot of risk due to previous Tommy John surgery. Because of prior arm trouble, delivery, build, and lack of a third pitch, doesn’t profile as a starter, although will likely be developed as one. 

  Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2014 Lower Cape May --- HS --- 18 1 0 1.000 0.75 2 --- --- 12.0 6 2 1 --- --- 25 --- --- 18.75
  2015 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 19 2 1 0.667 0.82 7 6 0 22.0 17 3 2 0 13 22 1.36 1.69 9.00
  2016 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 20 5 3 0.625 2.86 13 13 0 56.2 39 19 18 2 27 49 1.16 1.81 7.78
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
July 17, 2014 by Ray Fagnant
Signing Bonus: $90,000
MiLB Debut: June 25, 2015 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
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