A Camarillo, California native and product of Oxnard College in Ventura County, right-handed pitching prospect Luke Eubank was initially selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. The 6’0″, 180-lb. righty has spent his entire pro career in the bullpen since, reaching High-A Lynchburg for a portion of an injury-shortened 2017 season before being sent to pitch for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League to fill out some innings and get back on track after spending much of the summer on the disabled list. At the AFL, Eubank appeared in ten games in relief for Glendale, finishing with no record and a 5.79 ERA in 9.1 innings pitched.
It’s there that Baseball Census saw the sinker/slider righty pitch multiple times this fall, and from our looks, we’ve put together a full Luke Eubank scouting report below. In it, you’ll find tool grades, game video, projection notes, and more on the Cleveland Indians farmhand.
Luke Eubank Scouting Report, Cleveland Indians — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: Arizona Fall League
Luke Eubank Scouting Report — Cleveland Indians — 2017 Game Video
Luke Eubank Scouting Report — Notes, Analysis & Projection
Undersized ever since his time in college and yet still overachieving from then through today, Luke Eubank has an interesting arsenal that can produce a ton of weak, ground ball contact when he’s working down in the zone. His sinker has a shot to be his true carrying pitch with a ton of natural life if he can show some modest command improvements, but as with many sinkerballers, his off-speed stuff lags behind enough to ultimately limit his ceiling into low-leverage relief without any realistic expectation that he’ll miss bats at the next level.
The Cleveland Indians may have a workable long/middle reliever here over the next few years thanks to that sinker, but I’m not bullish on the righty producing too much more as he reaches the upper minors. It may likely be less than middle relief, too, with a real shot here to fade back into organizational depth. Luke Eubank could reach Triple-A Columbus by the end of 2018 if he stays healthy, but regardless, he’s unlikely to be a future big league reliever of note beyond occasional emergency/up-and-down work depending on roster needs.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Interesting arsenal but lacks velocity and wipeout stuff; ceiling in low-leverage middle relief, with more likely up-and-down future ahead (35/40)
MLB ETA: 2019
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