April 27, 1992
Acquired from San Francsico for
Alejandro de Aza (Aug. 2015)
Scouting Scratch: Ysla, Diaz, Bautista (10.12.15)
2015 Top 40 Season in Review
Description: Filled out, sturdy pitcher’s build. Looks heavier
than listed weight of 185 pounds. Large lower half and soft body with
little-to-no projection remaining.
Mechanics: Slings the ball
from a three-quarters arm slot with a live, loose arm. Has some effort
in his delivery and gets deception from a high, exaggerated leg kick.
Fastball: 94-97 mph. Late life, really jumps on
hitters. Control is ahead of command. Bat-missing potential. Potential
plus-plus offering with improved command.
79-82 mph. Pitch shows two-plane movement with late bite. Will take
something off the pitch to steal a strike. Showed the ability to front
door the pitch to lefties and back door to righties. With continued refinement, looks like
a potential above-average offering.
84-88 mph. Shows solid
feel for the offering and the confidence to throw it early in the count.
Throws with the same arm speed as his fastball. Pitch shows late drop and
fade. Average potential
Acquired from San Francisco in Dave Dombrowski’s first trade as President
of Baseball Operations with the Red Sox. Worked as a starter early in
career with the Giants, but moved to the bullpen after struggling in the
hitter-friendly California League.
Seventh-inning bullpen arm potential. Has the three-pitch mix to profile
in longer stints, but due to frame and delivery, likely profiles best in
the bullpen long-term. Even without refinement of changeup, his
fastball/slider combination has the potential to miss bats and play in
high leverage situations against hitters from both sides of the plate. Key
to development will be how much he can improve command and control, as raw
stuff alone is very impressive from the left side.