Royals Prospect Reports: Jason Adam and Elisaul Pimentel by Zach Mortimer
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RHPÂ 6â€™4 220 lbs
2010 Draft 5th Rd ($800,000)
Fastball: 91-93 mph have seen it touch 94. Gets good plane by using his natural long levers. Will need to improve command in to Righties. Grades out as an average pitch. (50)
Curveball: 75-78mpH. 11-5 shape with sharp downward movement. Throws it to glove side and lets it break down out of the zone for his out pitch. Grades out as a solid average pitch. (55)
Change up: 82-84 mpH. throws with good arm speed and gets tumbling action. Needs to develop more confidence in this pitch. Has flashed plus for me early in the season but grades out more likely as an average pitch (50)
Other Notes: Good defender, Athletic Build, Ideal body, and Fantastic Makeup good person to have on the team.
Best Case Scenario: He figures out how to use all three pitches, squeezes a mile or two per hour more on the fastball, and commands all of his pitches. This would let him be a Mid Rotation Starter to me.
Mortâ€™s Projection: Jason Adam will be a backend starter in the major leagues. He wonâ€™t be someone who you will build your rotation around, but he will be a valuable player to have on the team. Look for him in the big leagues in 2015.
RHPÂ 6â€™2 170 lbs
7/10/88 -Â International Free Agent Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Acquired in the Scott Podsednik trade.
Fastball: 90-92mpH. Gets small armside run and sink. Itâ€™s an average offering. (50)
Slider: 83-85mpH. Sharp breaking with depth. Throws only to Gloveside. Against lefties he throws to backfoot not backdoor. Potential to be a solid average pitch (55)
Change up: 83-84 doesnâ€™t throw very often. Pitch had some sink on it. (N/A)
Other Notes: Question his makeup on the mound shows visible frustration on the mound.
Best Case Scenario: Slider is a good pitch, and he could rely on that to get people out. He could be a guy who provides organizational pitching depth.
Mortâ€™s Projection: Elisaul Pimentel is a prospect who has gone backward. After getting beat up in AA this year coming back to the Carolina League hasnâ€™t been all that great for him. He will eventually go to the pen and weâ€™ll see. I doubt he gets above AA.
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