Ljay Newsome Scouting Report — RHP, Seattle Mariners

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Prospect: Ljay Newsome
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Organization: Seattle Mariners
Height/Weight: 5’11”, 210 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Age/DOB: 21 (November 8, 1996)
Acquired/Hometown: 26th round (2015); Morganza, MD (Chopticon HS)


May 2, 2018 — Modesto Nuts (High-A California League)
Sat on best outing of his season/career; worked quickly, threw a ton of strikes, pushed the pace against hitters in mid-week day game setting. Throwing just a tick or two harder than the guy I saw a month ago (below); on May 2, sitting 86-91 with his fastball, 75-78 with the cutter, 70-74 with the curveball, and 79-82 with the changeup. Showed two moves to the plate with runners on base this time; quicker move had him 1.30 – 1.33 to the plate; slower, more pronounced move with slower runners had him 1.41 – 1.47 … Velo came and went but he generally got stronger as the game wore on; touched 91 a couple times in the sixth inning .. Showed good changeup feel to both RHH and LHH; mixed well and stayed ahead; weathered a couple hard hit balls here and there while pitching to contact. Stuff still below average but command to corners and ability to keep the ball down in the zone helps a lot; nevertheless, still tough for me to envision a viable path too much further forward towards the Seattle Mariners for Ljay Newsome.

April 5, 2018 — Modesto Nuts (High-A California League)
Pretty significantly undersized, especially for a rotation role; three-quarters release with tight, quick arm action; no downward plane on the ball and very little power behind repertoire. Consistent mechanics and a true strike thrower to the extreme. Everything is tight; entire repertoire moves, but not a ton, and everything tends to stay within the zone. During my April look, sat fastball 85-89, cutter 76-79, curveball 73-75, changeup 78-80. Was 1.27 – 1.36 to the plate with runner on first … Lacks a huge wipeout pitch or any average/above average stuff with real depth to go multi-plane and get off barrels. That said, everything tunnels well and works down in the strike zone at the knees … Tons and tons of strikes; really pitches to contact, shows double-plus control and plus command … Good competitor with some idea of how to set up and sequence hitters, but he’s extremely hittable and will really struggle the second and third time through a lineup. Won’t miss bats. Pitching in the hitter-friendly California League may be a tough go for Ljay Newsome … Lacks upside/projectability; entire repertoire is well below-average. Command helps him survive and could make him modestly competitive into the future, but better hitters will hit him hard, especially the second and third time through a lineup. Low-leverage long reliever at ceiling, but likely organizational depth arm who should plateau relatively soon. Pretty significant underdog story if he makes it.

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