Royals Prospect Reports: Sugar Ray, Yordano Ventura and Tyler Sample
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Sugar Ray Marimon
RHPÂ 6â€™1 175 lbs
International Free Agent (Columbia)
Fastball: 89-93mph. Gets a good amount of armside run and sink. Has the ability to throw armside and attempts to go gloveside more polish will allow him to command to both sides. Average offering (50).
Curveball: 74-77mph. 11-5 shape with depth. Will throw to both sides of the plate. Not a hammer but an average offering again. (50)
Change up: 79-81 mph. shows fade and tumbling action. Useful pitch against lefties, and he maintains good arm speed. Itâ€™s another average offering. (50)
Other Notes: Bulldog mentality on the mound, shows the ability to pitch backwards and command his offspeed.
Best Case Scenario: His drive and pitchability allows him to use his average stuff and pitch at the back of a rotation.
Mortâ€™s Projection: Sugar Ray took the biggest leap from 2011 to 2012. That being said I believe he is still a bullpen arm, who will have his fastball tick up in short stints. Heâ€™s a 6th-7th inning guy for me. Look for him in the big leagues at some point in 2013.
RHPÂ 5â€™10 150 lb.
International Free Agent Signed for $28,000
Fastball: 97-99mpH has touched 100. The command needs a little work, he keeps it over the middle of the plate a little much. It doesnâ€™t have much movement and can get somewhat flat. All that being said it has elite velocity and will allow it to be a plus plus pitch (70)
Curveball: 81-83mpH. Power Breaking ball that can get swings and misses. At times he doesnâ€™t stay on top of it and gets on the side of it. Flashes plus plus but will settle for me as a little more than a plus pitch. (65)
Change up: 84-87. Showed cutting action as opposed to fading action at times. Never looked like he had the feel for it. Projects as a potential below average pitch (40)
Other Notes: Small frame, wiry body, lightning fast arm, and can get a little juiced up at times and open up early causing problems with command.
Best Case Senario: He learns the changeup, and he mixes that with the Fastball and Curveball. This would allow Yordano to pitch at the front of a rotation.
Mortâ€™s Projection: Since day one I loved watching Yordano pitch. I have also said I donâ€™t believe he could ever hold up as a starter in the big leagues. I also have not ever liked his change up. I believe he scraps the changeup and becomes a two pitch closer.
RHPÂ 6â€™7 245 lbs
2008 Draft 3rd Rd ($500,000)
Fastball: 91-94mpH He touched 96 once out of the pen. Flashes ability to miss bats. Command is behind. Flashes the ability to be a plus pitch but command makes me think itâ€™s more of a future solid average pitch. (55)
Curveball: 77-81mpH. 11-5 shape, nice break with depth. Only throws it to the Arm-side at the moment. I like the break and the velo would allow this to be a plus pitch, but again the command needs work settling it back to solid-average. (55)
Other Notes: Sample has a rough delivery that can become messy, and he doesnâ€™t repeat it well. This causes the command to be well below average. Not a very good fielder, and struggles in the running game.
Best Case Scenario: One day he is finally able to figure out his delivery and he is able to command his pitches with a little more ability. He wonâ€™t ever have good command, but he could realize something of what the Royals saw when they paid him $500,000 in the draft. Anyway he could be a mid inning reliever if everything goes right.
Mortâ€™s Projection: Tyler Sample will eventually figure it out a little bit on the mound. I think heâ€™ll be a guy who gets a cup of coffee every now and then. A good organizational arm who will play professional baseball for a good amount of time.
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