Nate Bertness Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: May 24, 2018
Team/Organization: Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Big kid, big frame with great height, ideal size for a rotation role. High three-quarters release with downward plane from height, stuff plays up some there. Easy, low-effort mechanics that are repeatable, but lacks finish over front side after release, tendency to finish upright and tall without using lower half much in drive to plate. Lacks lower-half explosiveness; all arm through delivery; reminds me a bit of Chris Rusin in that regard … Command problems in look here; nibbled too much without ability to dot corners, couldn’t consistently work ahead of hitters or get ahead early with off-speed; lack of feel here suggests rotation role moving forward may be tough to swing; needs better stuff and more feel for the corners … Four-seam fastball sat 88-91; paired it with 85-88 two-seamer, 80-83 changeup, 82-84 slider, and 75-78 curveball. Overall, stuff lacks considerable life across the board besides plane from height/release; some arm-side run to two-seamer, a little bit of natural cut to four-seamer; changeup is firm without great feel or tumble; both breaking balls are below-average without exceptional depth or consistent ability to really miss bats; slider is firm, closer to a cutter with some sweeping action but not as much tilt or depth. Very hittable across the board; must pitch to contact; trouble putting hitters away once ahead … Had him 1.37-1.43 to the plate on his fastest slide step move with runner on first; will also show slower move to balance point to freeze runners there. Typically very long sets with runners on base; will pick over quite a bit; became a little preoccupied with runners at expense of focusing on at-bats; trouble compartmentalizing there … Nate Bertness is big and durable, with a relatively deep (if unspectacular) repertoire from the left side, and maybe that pushes him towards a shot at a back-end rotation arm or swingman role one day, but for me, his ceiling is as a 40 FV middle/long reliever who can eat multiple innings in low-leverage situations out of the bullpen.
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