Christian Stolo Scouting Report, Los Angeles Dodgers — January, 2018

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Full Name: Christian Stolo
DOB: May 9, 1994 (23)
Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV
School: Nevada-Reno
Acquired: NDFA, July 2016
Height, Weight: 6’0”, 185 lbs.
Position: LHP
Bats/Throws: L/L
Dates Observed: 2017 — September 4
Affiliate(s): Ogden Raptors (Rookie, Los Angeles Dodgers)
Previous Reports: None


Tool (PV/FV)
Notes & Comments
Four-Seam Fastball (40/40)
Below-average velocity with no significant life; straight and lacking downward plane due to his height and three-quarters release. Generally well-commanded side to side and down in the zone, though, and has been a decent pitch for him at least as far as getting ahead early on counts. Long term, likely won’t be enough for high-leverage relief success, but command improvements can give more margin of error. Velocity: 88-91.

Two-Seam Fastball (40/40)
Similar to four-seam fastball but a tick down in velocity with very modest arm-side run and a little bit of fade added; insignificant pitch life, plays up some when located to arm-side to start. Something of a wrinkle to use against LHH and get in on inner half, but lacking raw life to really make it a go-to pitch beyond very subtle movement. As with four-seamer, well-commanded and valuable enough when spotted there, but lacking projectability and velocity to even be an average pitch in time. Velocity: 86-89.

Changeup (35/40)
Looks like a circle change grip out of his hand; similar tunnel to two-seam fastball with modest arm-side run and a little bit of fade, but not enough of either one to consistently get off bats or draw weak contact. Asset here in that he can throw it for a strike, and his arm action and release point are identical to fastball, but lacking life and feel for tumble, which leaves it distinctly as his third-best pitch. More of a weapon to use against RHH if located down and arm-side. Velocity: 78-81.

Curveball (40/45)
Good feel for his breaking ball within the strike zone; will throw it early and often to hitters on both sides of the plate. Comfortable pitching backwards with it and good feel for command of the pitch to specific spots. Lacks big, sharp hump or wipeout, put-away traits that would consistently make it a strikeout pitch against better hitters, but tight enough at 11-to-5 with consistent feel that it might play up by virtue of forcing hitters to swing the bat and work in counts that favor Stolo. Will get LHH out in front on it with good arm action and well-commanded to locations down and away; some swing-and-miss tendencies there, but unlikely to continue as consistently with better hitters; that said, appears difficult for LHH to recognize out of his hand. Velocity: 75-77.

Command (45/50)
Good feel side-to-side within the strike zone; can dot it up fairly well with his fastballs. Throws all three pitches for strikes consistently, and shows good feel down in the bottom third of the zone with everything — particularly the changeup and curveball when needed. Almost throws too many strikes, especially catching too much of the plate early in counts without wipeout stuff to keep hitters honest. Good chance to further improve command a tick or two in the coming years that would make him a viable low-leverage arm who can fill it up, get ahead, and work quickly.

Mechanics
Three quarters release point with very conventional mechanics through windup to release. Free and loose on the mound with ball coming out of his hand easily. Athletic enough with conventional delivery to repeat pitching mechanics consistently. Modest back turn to hitters at the top of his balance point; perhaps some deception to LHH there, but very minimal; more or less conventional through windup and to release point without deception or anything to make hitters notably uncomfortable.

Notes
Undersized; maybe some very minimal room left to grow into his body with weight, but generally lacking raw physical strength and likely won’t see significant velocity bump considering size and age. More or less near final physical form at this point with tools unlikely to see significant raw bump over next few years. That said, ability to command multiple pitches and challenge hitters plays up well; just needs to move successfully back into full-season ball this year and stay there considering he’ll be 24 years old in May. Workable stuff to become modest organizational depth piece with an outside shot for more at his ceiling, but there’s little margin of error with age, level, NDFA status, etc. bearing down on him.

OFP (40 FV)
Pitch arsenal and raw physical tools suggest low-leverage long/middle relief at his ceiling; perhaps a shot to work as a situational lefty by virtue of handedness, but lacking the significant deception that would make him an ideal candidate to face LHH in higher-leverage roles. More likely to fall into floor as organizational depth, perhaps with a shot at an up-and-down/emergency bullpen role buoyed by his knack for challenging hitters and clear feel for throwing all three of his pitches for strikes. As with many fringy college guys, his age and level leaves Christian Stolo very little margin for error in moving up consistently; ideally he should split 2018 between Low-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga if he’s to stay on the Los Angeles Dodgers player development radar entering his age-25 season in 2019. MLB ETA: 2020.

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