Joey Steele Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: June 7, 2018
Team/Organization: Arroyo Seco Saints (California Collegiate League)
League/Level: College summer baseball
Scouting Notes: A bit of natural deception with somewhat quirky mechanics; three-quarters look with back turned to the hitter at balance point and closed-off cross-body release; hides the ball very well, particularly from RHH. Quick, short arm action in the back with ball exploding late to plate; fastball sits 84-88 but feels a little harder, jumps on hitters quickly and draws some emergency/late swings at times. Pairs fastball with a 72-75 changeup, and a 69-73 curveball. Timed 1.44 – 1.51 to the plate with runner on first base … Fastball is heavy, sinks consistently with some arm-side fade; can tie up RHH on inner half with natural run to get in there. Ground ball machine potential when down in the zone; command profile OK (made for relief), but movement really plays up when down, good natural life … Curveball is sharp even in high 60s with very good, late break and real depth when thrown right. Potential to be an above-average/plus pitch; tight spin with real feel for dropping it in the strike zone and using it as a wipeout; late bender at 11-to-5 with good velo differential to get hitters off balance out front. Really like the curve; flashed effective pitch against hitters from both sides when he gets extended and out in front on it … Changeup is a third pitch right now, some arm-side life with OK tumble; tunnels with fastball, so some utility here as another look to keep LHH honest … Joey Steele has worked in relief his entire career for the University of San Francisco; repertoire gives him a shot to post a strong upcoming senior year in 2019. Needs more velo to really get an MLB Draft look next summer, but stuff and pitch life is there with a good understanding of sequencing and changing speeds. Not a bad relief arm for us to follow up on in April or May of 2019.
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