West Palm Beach, Florida —— After games on Tuesday afternoon, Miami Marlins left-handed pitching prospect Kyle Farjad has no record and a 4.50 ERA over five appearances for the Gulf Coast League Marlins, with seven hits and four walks allowed against eight strikeouts over eight innings pitched. I observed the 20-year-old Palm Beach State College product in his July 25 outing at the Roger Dean Stadium backfields against the GCL Cardinals; below is Baseball Census‘ full Kyle Farjad scouting report, including video.
Kyle Farjad Scouting Report — Video
Our video of Miami Marlins left-handed pitching prospect Kyle Farjad shows every pitch he threw in a very efficient, scoreless inning against the Gulf Coast League Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon:
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Kyle Farjad Scouting Report — Notes
Just five games into his professional career with the Miami Marlins, Kyle Farjad is a little more advanced than I figured he’d be at this stage in the GCL. The lefty has some sneaky giddyup on his fastball, and while he’s reportedly worked 90-91 mph in the past, his perceived velocity right now might be a little bit harder on account of him hiding the ball well and showing good arm action with all his stuff. The lefties pairs his low 90s fastball with a curveball, and while it could be sharper, he used it with success on Tuesday afternoon and showed off enough feel to command it for a strike.
When you need just six pitches to get through an inning, it’s likely I won’t see your third pitch, and that turned out to be the case for Kyle Farjad on Tuesday. No matter; any lefty coming out of the bullpen with good velocity and great plane down in the zone, who can throw two pitches for strikes at any time, probably doesn’t need much of a third look to find early success. Farjad is still just 20 and extremely raw in the GCL, but there’s an interesting and encouraging pitchability in the lefty that will hopefully continue as he develops with the Miami Marlins.
Kyle Farjad Scouting Report — Projection
Admittedly, it’s tough to project out a 20-year-old kid after his fifth professional outing in which he threw only six pitches. That said I like how Kyle Farjad attacks the zone and challenges hitters fearlessly. His fastball has enough life and should build out enough velocity to be above-average one day. His curveball, while lagging behind as far as raw potential right now, will play up if he can prove the ability to consistently command it both in and beneath the strike zone. His pitch-to-contact mentality works well here and still makes him tough to hit thanks to his natural arm-side run on his fastball.
His raw stuff has enough natural movement that, as he learns to manipulate it consistently, could have in very hard on lefties. Further, a strong physical frame will help him soon build out the last few miles per hour for the radar guns and help highlight his late movement down in the zone. The broadest point here: there’s enough here to want to see more of Kyle Farjad beyond a six-pitch inning, and the hometown kid may be one to watch the next few years down on the farm for the Miami Marlins.