My Grades: FB 60 | CH 50+ | SL 45 | CMD 50
Ceiling: #4 Starter Floor: Set-up Reliever/Long Reliever ETA: 2016
Jordan Johnson RHP (A+)
6'3" 175 lbs. R/R Video: Credits to Chris Kusiolek
The guy who just burst into the scene in the good field of Giants farm system recently, Jordan Johnson put up a string of good numbers in the AZL and in S-K before being shown to the spotlight in SJ where his great stuff is showing up in the box scores and in the eyes of scouts. A lot of prospect hounds on the Giants community and some national scouts are raving for the guy and are shelling out really positive scouting reports about him, even independent scout Chris Kusiolek called him the SP with the highest ceiling that he saw this year. From the looks of it, he's a wiry guy with some projection left in his body to add 15 pounds more although I don't really see him add a lot of weight to be looking like a big dude on top of the mound.
The mechanics analysis of him is the most clunky information that I can give because of the quality of the video and it is only lasting for 7 seconds. But from what I saw, he's pitching from the stretch. Maybe he's pitching with a man on base or just pure pitching from stretch like Yu Darvish and I can't confirm that myself. He's set close to the first base side of the rubber and glove's far away from above his chest. He starts with a slow leg kick that keeps him balanced on the mound. He slightly drops and drives with his glove facing up but stays closed and hides the ball well. He somehow spreads his body and contracts by the time he lands back to the ground. He lands pretty close to the third base side of the rubber, throwing across the body and does a good job of staying closed. He got good hip-shoulder separation, his upper body rotates and explodes the energy in his right hand on a close to high 3/4 release thanks to his spread then contract mechanics. He finishes his delivery well and is on an okay fielding position. His mechanics is explosive but is slow which can make him susceptible to base-stealing threats.
Now for the stuff where everybody are drooling and chewing the bone. His fastball based on other people's radar guns reaches 93-96 on the gun and Joe Ritzo noticed that it reached 98 MPH. That's some explosive velocity from a wiry pitcher. Chris Kusiolek said that he got some hop and late action to it and can hold it deep into starts. I will day that the hop that he saw is due to his "take your time" delivery and the late movement is due to his great arm speed and release point. If he can add more muscle on his frame, there's always a possibility that his premium velo will be even more high octane, possibly reaching 100s. From the looks of it, it's a plus pitch and can be plus-plus. His changeup is what he threw on the video and even though it's blurry, I saw the late drop and the significant velo differential that I am expecting on a great changeup. Chris said that he got split-type movement on it with same arm speed as his FB. Another potential close to plus pitch moving forward. He got a slider that Chris said got tight, horizontal break that's for me is a possible average pitch in the future and his curveball got some good spin but is slurvy. He repeats his delivery well which is shown with his 3 walks, I repeat, 3 walks in the season. Even though Chris said he got fringe command, I can say that he's attacking the zone and not really settling on the command part. He got the potential to be something really good for the Giants. That's not bad coming from a 23rd rounder last year. Watch out for this guy.
My Grades: FB 60 (65+ ceiling) | CH 50+ (60 ceiling) | SL 50 | CB 45 | CMD 45+ (55 ceiling)
Ceiling: #3-4 Starter Floor: #5 Starter/ Set-up Reliever ETA: Late 2016/2017
That's the end of the part 9 of my series of scouting reports! I hope I shed some light on the two breakout pitchers this year that you can put on the shelf beside what other people's take on them and I hope you find it to be a good read. It's been a while since I last did this and I can say that I'm still enjoying doing this kind of writing like it's the first. I hope you enjoyed reading this one!