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April 18, 2014

Notes from the Field

A-Ball Notes

by CJ Wittmann and Tucker Blair


South Atlantic League (Low-A)

(CJ Wittmann)

RHP Hunter Harvey (Orioles)
6-foot-3 accurate; nice broad shoulders and beautiful frame to add good weight; great physical projection; very athletic; 3/4 arm slot; uses high kick to create good momentum toward the plate; stretch: 1.40 to 1.53 range; has slight crossfire; also can open early and land toward first-base side; front-side glove can get big, creating deception before throwing front side through; ball explodes out of his hand; hips and shoulders rotate in unison and arm comes through fast; easy release; low-effort delivery; stays over top of pitches well; uses tall frame to create plane; repeatable mechanics; presently more of a thrower than pitcher and needs work with pitchability; very good demeanor and killer mentality on the mound and I love it; also plus-plus hair flow.

Fastball 90-95; a lot of 93, 94; uses tall frame to create downhill plane; arm-side life; can cut it at 90, 91; ball explodes to plate and gets on hitters quick; gets good fastball extension; presently command better to arm side; command profile overall is solid-average and will get to plus; generated double-digit swing-and-misses; could see a velocity tick from where he sits comfortably with added strength. Future 70 grade.

Curveball 78-82; power breaking hammer; great shape with tight spin; hard vertical action; late, sharp hard snap coming from loose wrist; really snaps the breaker; shows good bite with great depth; comes from same arm motion as fastball; has ability to throw for strike and as chase pitch; true swing and miss pitch. Future 70 grade.

Changeup 82-85; best when in 82-83 range; great arm action; plays well off fastball; arm-side fade with vertical action; easy arm with loose wrist (noted from curveball), can improve depth and deception; needs to improve command profile in zone but has bat-missing ability; present below average but work in progress. Future 60 grade.

Role: 70; no. 2 starter

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Nojsztat

I love that this is becoming a daily feature!

Apr 18, 2014 06:00 AM
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cnote66

+1 Huge fan of Lucas Sims (and seems I am not alone).

Apr 18, 2014 11:53 AM
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John Geer
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"also plus-plus hair flow."

You buried the lede!

Apr 18, 2014 06:30 AM
rating: 9
 
SadMagistrate

Love reading these - thank you! Great insight on a daily basis.

Apr 18, 2014 09:19 AM
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Nojsztat

While you were watching Lynchburg, did you happen to get any sense of Mauricio Cabrera or Jose Peraza?

Apr 18, 2014 13:55 PM
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warpigs

What's the most optimistic big league call up timeframe you can see for Harvey?

Apr 18, 2014 21:21 PM
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